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Old 12-02-2013, 08:04 AM   #1
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Do you own any tv show reference books?

I don't mean novels. There are a million Star Trek, Doctor Who etc... novels out there. Not them. I mean coffee table-ish reference guides. I was digging around in the closet yesterday and uncovered the two that I still have.

The first one is: Doctor Who: A Celebration; Two Decades Through Time and Space

The second one is: Deep Space Nine Companion (Star Trek Deep Space Nine)


The title of the Doctor Who book is correct - two decades. I bought that book in 1983 or 84. It covers the first five Doctors. I'm surprised that it was never updated for any of the post-Davison Doctors. Apparently, there a some new copies available.

I never watched Deep Space Nine until it was in syndication but it became my favorite Star Trek franchise.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:06 AM   #2
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I don't mean novels. There are a million Star Trek, Doctor Who etc... novels out there. Not them. I mean coffee table-ish reference guides. I was digging around in the closet yesterday and uncovered the two that I still have.

The first one is: Doctor Who: A Celebration; Two Decades Through Time and Space

The second one is: Deep Space Nine Companion (Star Trek Deep Space Nine)


The title of the Doctor Who book is correct - two decades. I bought that book in 1983 or 84. It covers the first five Doctors. I'm surprised that it was never updated for any of the post-Davison Doctors. Apparently, there a some new copies available.

I never watched Deep Space Nine until it was in syndication but it became my favorite Star Trek franchise.
No, but we have a couple of movie ones.....Star Wars and some other one, I can't remember.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:47 AM   #3
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None for TV, but I too liked to collect those "Making of" books for movies like Star Wars and Raiders. Matter of fact I was tempted to buy the e-book(s) that just came out for e-readers about the making of SW 4-5-6. The electronic version are offering up rare videos of the behind the scene stuff. I always find those fascinating.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:52 AM   #5
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I have a couple Seinfeld books. One with scripts from the first couple seasons, and another just talking about the making of the show and stuff.

When I was a kid I had some behind-the-scenes, making-of type kids books for Star Wars, Raiders, Rambo, Rocky, etc.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:59 AM   #6
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Growing Up Brady - Barry Williams (autographed: "To Al - Keep on Groovin - Barry Williams" lol)
I have this one too. I don't remember if it was addressed to me, but it says Stay Groovy!
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #7
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I have several mainly from British shows: Last of the Summer Wine, Midsomer Murders, Downton Abbey, The Avengers, and The Prisoner. Also a few Babylon 5 and Lost reference books, as well as a well-worn copy of The Columbo Phile.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:50 AM   #8
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Years ago I had a magazine reference guide to Days of Our Lives. This was probably early 90s.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:54 AM   #9
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I own this one:

The Complete Directory to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Television Series

It has a really crappy typeface, but the information is invaluable to a TV sci-fi fan.

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Old 12-02-2013, 12:08 PM   #10
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Don't remember the titles but I have one for The Prisoner and one for Lost.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:48 PM   #11
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I have that book. And looking at its title, now I feel really old!
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:05 PM   #12
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:09 PM   #13
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Does "The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide" count?
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:31 PM   #14
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Several Star Trek ones, something from Northern Exposure, and Bewitched.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head but I would not be surprised to find others on the husband's bookshelves.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:10 PM   #15
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At one time I'd ended up with a copy of Star Trek TNG technical manual from somewhere.
It's probably in the house; somewhere. Although I can't recall seeing it in years.
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:33 PM   #16
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:56 PM   #17
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I used to have The Simpsons and Philosophy but I think it did not make the cut in a recent move and was given away.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:44 PM   #18
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I have the Star Trek Chronology, published in 1993, that attempts to make a consistent timeline out of TOS, the films, and NG episodes to that point. 10% of the book is the index.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:37 PM   #19
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I have a whole bunch. Most were about making of the show, but most of those I have have episode guides in them. Heck, I think I even have a couple for shows that I'm not even a huge fan of. I used to check out the TV section (usually a few rows of one shelf) of bookstores.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:59 AM   #20
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I have the 9th edition of the Brooks and Marsh directory (I think I bought the 6th-9th as they came out), the 4th/last edition of Total Television, Wesley Hyatt's Encycl. of Daytime TV, and the 3rd edition of the Encycl. of TV Game Shows.

I also have the 50th and 60th anniversary books on "Today", which cost me $3 each, and the TV Guide Book of Lists, which cost me $1 and has a spot in my, erm, "office".

I have several memoirs from TV people/about TV shows, but I wouldn't call those "reference books".
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:31 AM   #21
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I have this one too. I don't remember if it was addressed to me, but it says Stay Groovy!
I actually met him in person and that is how he signed it.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #22
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:26 AM   #23
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I have Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1–20, and The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers. The latter probably doesn't count.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:55 AM   #24
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I own most of the Star Trek reference books from TNG and DS9. Chronolgy, Technical Reference, Episode Guides, etc. The technical references are fun because the sheer amount of technobabble when strung together almost makes sense.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:10 PM   #25
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I have what's probably the "definitive" reference - The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (although it is a bit dated - they used to put out a new version every 4-5 years; this one is 6 years old). Okay, it has the occasional mistake - for example, it says that Mila Kunis was "uncredited" Meg on Family Guy during its first season (in fact, it was Lacey Chabert) - but it's useful for looking up what shows someone has been in without going through IMDB.

In terms of books for specific shows, I have them for Batman, The Beverly Hillbillies, Doctor Who (for its 20th anniversary, back in 1983), I Love Lucy, Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Prisoner, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Iron Chef, and The Simpsons.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:57 PM   #26
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I have the Simpsons Episode Guide to Our Favorite Family Vols. 1 and 2

I also have a book called "Hailing Taxi" - breaks down every ep of "Taxi"-it's a lot of fun!
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:05 PM   #27
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No. Don't have any TV shows on DVD or BD either. I watch a show and move on to the next one.
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