Star Trek and American Television

Roberta Pearson, Máire Messenger Davies

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    Focusing on Star Trek as "a television show", to quote William Shatner (Captain Kirk) in an interview with the authors, the authors argue that the program ought to be seen in the context of the changing economic conditions of American television throughout the more than four decades of Star Trek's existence. The book investigates the show from three perspectives: first, the context of production, the history and economics of the series; second, the interrelationships between production workers, drawing on unique interviews with actors, producers and craftworkers; third, it analyses textually, the "story world" and approach to character in Trek as a TV drama. It has a foreword by Sir Patrick Stewart, Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBerkeley, Los Angeles, California; London, UK
    PublisherUniversity of California Press
    Number of pages256
    ISBN (Electronic)9780520959200
    ISBN (Print)9780520276215, 9780520276222
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Apr 2014


    • Star Trek
    • television
    • American television
    • production studies
    • creative industries
    • creativity


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