Mental Floss: The Curious Viewer; A Miscellany of Bingeable Streaming TV Shows from the Past 20 Years

Weldon Owen. Oct. 2021. 304p. ed. by Jennifer M. Wood. ISBN 9781681887869. $24.95. REF
In this diverting collection examining TV series from the past two decades, “compulsive binge-watcher” and Mental Floss managing editor Wood carries on the blog’s tradition of “smart, quirky content presented in a witty, upbeat voice.” Wood has compiled summaries, cast lists, notable episodes, infographics, and photos galore. Contributors revisit shows like Friends, Battlestar Galactica, and Black-ish, make the case for the programs’ cultural impact and why it matters, hit the high points (occasionally with spoilers), and share behind-the-scenes tidbits. Snappy writing and insider details abound.
VERDICT Streaming services, reboots, and syndication make all of these shows accessible. Likely to see heavy use in most libraries.
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