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Miami Vice / Edition 1

Miami Vice / Edition 1

by James Lyons
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Miami Vice captures the glitter and glamour embodied by Crockett and Tubbs and offers students an anatomy of a ground-breaking work in the police procedural genre.

  • Explores Miami Vice’s combination of disparate influences (MTV, film noir, soap opera, ‘high concept’ action films) as well as the social, cultural and industrial moments when it burst onto the network
  • Introduces readers to major components of televisual analysis—style, storytelling, the television show as commodity and ideological critique— that illustrate the show’s unique features
  • Provides a model for students’ own assessment of other shows, and confirms precisely how—and on what terms—Miami Vice redefined the police drama and an era

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405178105
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Series: Wiley-Blackwell Series in Film and Television Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 802,331
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

James Lyons is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Exeter, where he researches and publishes in the area of contemporary American television. His publications include a co-edited collection Quality Popular Television (BFI Press, 2003), and two forthcoming book chapters on the Miami-set medical drama Nip/Tuck. he is also author of Selling Seattle: Representing the Contemporary American City (Wallflower Press, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Introduction.

1. I Want My MTV Cops: Miami Vice as Television Commodity.

2. Guns, Glitter, and Glamour: Styling the Show.

3. Losing the Plot?: Storytelling in Miami Vice.

4. Risky Business: the Cultural Politics of Vice.


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"All in all, the careful, detailed analysis of the various contexts of network television turns this study into a useful handbook especially for film students who can use it as blueprint for analysing other series." (European Journal of American Studies, 2011)

"[Lyons] displays, in addition to still other virtues, an attentiveness to visual texture and theme as refined as that in the best film criticism. This book offers the richest account of a single television program I've ever read, describing a defining show of the Reagan years...Lyons's treatment of the series' conflicted ideology is equally illuminating." (Cinema Journal, 1 June 2011)

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