I Like to Watch
From The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize–winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch.From her creation of the first “Approval Matrix” in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prize–winning columns for The New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum has known all along that what we watch is who we are. In this collection, including two never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television that began with stumbling upon "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"—a show that was so much more than it appeared—while she was a graduate student studying Victorian literature. What followed was a love affair with television, an education, and a fierce debate about whose work gets to be called “great” that led Nussbaum to a trailblazing career as a critic whose reviews said so much more about our culture than just what’s good on television. Through these pieces, she traces the evolution of female protagonists over the last decade, the complex role of sexual violence on TV, and what to do about art when the artist is revealed to be a monster. And she explores the links between the television antihero and the rise of Donald Trump.The book is more than a collection of essays. With each piece, Nussbaum recounts her fervent search, over fifteen years, for a new kind of criticism that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one form of culture over another. It traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of “prestige television,” searching for a wilder and freer and more varied idea of artistic ambition—one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity, and that opens to more varied voices. It’s a book that celebrates television as television, even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean.

I Like to Watch Details

TitleI Like to Watch
Author
ReleaseJun 25th, 2019
PublisherRandom House
ISBN-139780525508960
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Culture, Pop Culture

I Like to Watch Review

  • Glen
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book i a goodreads drawing.Back in college, I took a class on popular culture. It was pretty interesting. We read a lot of stuff about television. For some reason, I remember an article written about the show, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. It was written, I think before 1990. I remember thinking it was an awful lot of effort for a show that most people didn't watch.Here we are in 2019. I open this book, and the whole thing is written almost exactly like that long ago article. Sho I won this book i a goodreads drawing.Back in college, I took a class on popular culture. It was pretty interesting. We read a lot of stuff about television. For some reason, I remember an article written about the show, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd. It was written, I think before 1990. I remember thinking it was an awful lot of effort for a show that most people didn't watch.Here we are in 2019. I open this book, and the whole thing is written almost exactly like that long ago article. Shows how little things have really changed in TV. There's a lot written about Sopranos and Sex in the City, and Norman Lear is lionized. It's like reading 1980's analysis of newer programming. Odd, perhaps entertaining, but not especially enlightening.
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  • Andrew Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    I Like to Watch is a culmination of 20+ years of revelatory television writing from Emily Nussbaum. The essays elevate the shows I’ve watched and love to greater heights. It makes me feel like an idiot for having missed others. Even when panning shows a love, I came away with a richer view of the show. Beautiful ruminations on why we watch and why television is enriching art and not the brain draining waste some dullards try and make it out to be.
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  • Johannes
    January 1, 1970
    Up until I read I Like to Watch, my favorite book on contemporary TV was Brett Martin’s Difficult Men, a study on the TV revolution that happened in roughly the first decade of the 2000s (Sopranos through Breaking Bad). Emily Nussbaum’s new collection is an excellent continuation, and at times correction, to the history of modern American television.Nussbaum is an observant critic who’s a lot of fun to spend time with. She can bring the snark when necessary, but one of the things I appreciate ab Up until I read I Like to Watch, my favorite book on contemporary TV was Brett Martin’s Difficult Men, a study on the TV revolution that happened in roughly the first decade of the 2000s (Sopranos through Breaking Bad). Emily Nussbaum’s new collection is an excellent continuation, and at times correction, to the history of modern American television.Nussbaum is an observant critic who’s a lot of fun to spend time with. She can bring the snark when necessary, but one of the things I appreciate about her is her ability to pick at something without tearing down. Even when she’s criticizing shows that I really enjoyed, I can’t help but admit that she makes very good points.While all essays on specific shows and profiles of showrunners were quite good, my favorite installments were her big picture takes, specifically her introduction to the book and her self-questioning essay on how to watch TV and film post-MeToo. I Like to Watch is a great read that will make you sound smarter the next time you're watching TV with a friend. Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Trevor Groce
    January 1, 1970
    Emily Nussbaum is the reason I flip to the back when I get my hands on The New Yorker. Each page offers insight and honest appraisals of many of the most important shows over the past two decades. Her love for television imbues every review with a sense of affection, even for the shows deemed a disappointment. Reading these reviews in proximity, along with some extended profiles and essays, reveals the depth of her genius and brings the reader up to speed on several aspects of the twists, turns, Emily Nussbaum is the reason I flip to the back when I get my hands on The New Yorker. Each page offers insight and honest appraisals of many of the most important shows over the past two decades. Her love for television imbues every review with a sense of affection, even for the shows deemed a disappointment. Reading these reviews in proximity, along with some extended profiles and essays, reveals the depth of her genius and brings the reader up to speed on several aspects of the twists, turns, and great leaps forward that have brought us to the fascinating television landscapes of today. Viewers left feeling empty after GOT ends will likely find a new fount of enthusiasm here, and expert tips for what show to go back and see with newly enlightened eyes. Highly recommended to even casual fans.
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  • Beck
    January 1, 1970
    "I Like to Watch" is a collection of lyrical, well argued essays written by The New Yorker’ s TV critic (and, as the cover notes, Pulitzer Prize winner), Emily Nussbaum. Like Nussbaum, I prefer TV to movies. i like how a story - and characters - can develop over multiple seasons, can change and morph into something new. That being said, I’m not a super fan - I don’t watch a whole lot of it. That didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this book, though. Even essays about shows I haven’t seen (e.g. True De "I Like to Watch" is a collection of lyrical, well argued essays written by The New Yorker’ s TV critic (and, as the cover notes, Pulitzer Prize winner), Emily Nussbaum. Like Nussbaum, I prefer TV to movies. i like how a story - and characters - can develop over multiple seasons, can change and morph into something new. That being said, I’m not a super fan - I don’t watch a whole lot of it. That didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this book, though. Even essays about shows I haven’t seen (e.g. True Detective) were fascinating - Nussbaum is a truly talented critic. I like how she wrestles with who deems culture to be “high” or “low,” as well as whether you are truly watching a show "wrong” if you’re not watching it how its creators intended. Her essay on #MeToo and “what [we should] do with the art of terrible men”, as she puts it, is excellent. (though since she is a self-professed Buffy lover (as am I), I did wish she’d also mentioned Joss Whedon and what you do when a bad man creates a strong role model for women.) Nussbaum grapples with her own culpability (she knew about the Louis CK story before it broke, although in fairness it was kind of an open secret), as well as how to move forward. I also loved her essay on Jessica Jones and Buffy’s sixth season (two of my favorite things), and how they both interrogate gaslighting, sexual violence, and resentful men, as well as her discussion of the bleakness of the Americans, and why it works. Thoughtful, engaging, and funny - highly recommended.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy!
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/I follow Emily Nussbaum's column in The New Yorker and her Twitter feed. The Twitter feed gives me AHA moments in her short bursts of comments on television programs that are hot in today's market. The longer New Yorker pieces are much more informative and give me things to chew over at a slower pace.EN's new book is a collection of published essays with two new ones and a great introduction to her genre of writing. I love that after Buffy Via my book blog at https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/I follow Emily Nussbaum's column in The New Yorker and her Twitter feed. The Twitter feed gives me AHA moments in her short bursts of comments on television programs that are hot in today's market. The longer New Yorker pieces are much more informative and give me things to chew over at a slower pace.EN's new book is a collection of published essays with two new ones and a great introduction to her genre of writing. I love that after Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nussbaum moves to The Sopranos, one of my favorite TV programs of all time. I never tire of hearing about David Chase, the show's creator. He comes from a part of New Jersey I am familiar with, and a time I remember well.Taking The Soprano viewpoint of television changing in the early 2000s, we move on to Sex and The City, The Wire, and then all that has come since that time. I am not fond of sit-coms, but I love the drama part of TV and still watch Law and Order: SVU and a few others. I must say that Netflix and Hulu are giving network television a good run for viewership, and I would extend that to app's where I can view international television programs. They are more interesting even though the narrative arc often follows the original NYPD Blue. I like procedural cop shows in any language. I appreciate Nussbaum's take on the predatory men who have become famous and are now slowly or very quickly losing their audiences, their companies, as in Weinstein's case, and making room for a healthier work environment for women.Emily Nussbaum is my TV guru, and I love this book. If you watch any television at all, you will enjoy her thoughtful commentary.Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for the ARC of this book (June 25).
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  • Haley Hope Gillilan
    January 1, 1970
    Emily is an OG TV critic. I loved reading all her essays all in one place, even if I hadn’t seen the show before. TV criticism is a pretty unique craft, and so I love seeing one of the best being able to create something like this. It’ll definitely serve as a cultural artifact, because in some of these Emily grapples with TV shows in real time, and others as they’ve aged in unexpected ways. Hopefully this is not the last of her essay anthologies!
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  • Lissa
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, I don’t watch a ton of television, mostly because I have three kids that monopolize that time but I do love to read about pop culture. While I have not seen many of the shows she discusses, I did enjoy her take on the themes and subtle ideas presented in the different episodes. The essay about shows, such as South Park, that foretold the 2016 elections was mesmerizing and also horrifying. These were all solid essays and great critiques of recent and current television shows. I rece To be honest, I don’t watch a ton of television, mostly because I have three kids that monopolize that time but I do love to read about pop culture. While I have not seen many of the shows she discusses, I did enjoy her take on the themes and subtle ideas presented in the different episodes. The essay about shows, such as South Park, that foretold the 2016 elections was mesmerizing and also horrifying. These were all solid essays and great critiques of recent and current television shows. I received a complimentary ARC of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    *Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the complimentary ARC in exchange for this review and forthcoming blog coverage. Collecting many of Emily Nussbaum's television recaps, essays, profiles and commentaries, including a good chunk of the pieces which won her the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2016, I Like to Watch is one critic's assessment of where the medium stands, as well as how it got there and where it's heading. The opener cites Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the show that first con *Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the complimentary ARC in exchange for this review and forthcoming blog coverage. Collecting many of Emily Nussbaum's television recaps, essays, profiles and commentaries, including a good chunk of the pieces which won her the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2016, I Like to Watch is one critic's assessment of where the medium stands, as well as how it got there and where it's heading. The opener cites Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the show that first consumed Nussbaum, but The Sopranos is the one that looms over the entire book. She assures readers that that HBO show is also a favorite of hers, but as the collection pushes on, her praise for it feels more customary and less heartfelt. Her heart lies with comedies; In one piece from 2008, she proclaims 30 Rock the best show on network television. In the introductory note to another, she heaps similar praise on Jane the Virgin. Nussbaum reliably backs up each stance she takes and, like any great critic, has the power to change your mind almost on the spot. (After reading "Cool Story, Bro," a merciless takedown of True Detective, I had to ask myself, "... Am I sure I actually like this show?") As someone hopelessly out of the television loop, I ended this collection excited for all the unseen material that lies ahead of me and motivated to get watching.NOTE: I advise spoiler-conscious readers to skip essays on shows they haven't seen but intend to. Nussbaum is prone to blithely discussing late-season plot points and twists.
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  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a big TV fan (though not quite as thoroughly well-watched as some people) so I was super excited by the premise of Nussbaum's book. Collected essays (many pre-published) by the Pulitzer Prize winning critic delve into shows as seemingly disparate as they are connected: Sex & the City, Adventure Time, True Detective, 30 Rock, The Sopranos, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Girls, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and many, many more. While Nussbaum is undeniably a gifted writer and critic whose wor I'm a big TV fan (though not quite as thoroughly well-watched as some people) so I was super excited by the premise of Nussbaum's book. Collected essays (many pre-published) by the Pulitzer Prize winning critic delve into shows as seemingly disparate as they are connected: Sex & the City, Adventure Time, True Detective, 30 Rock, The Sopranos, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Girls, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and many, many more. While Nussbaum is undeniably a gifted writer and critic whose work makes for an enjoyable read, I think I was so would have enjoyed this slightly more if it had been filled with more new writing than a reprinting of old columns. While this never felt dated per se, I would have loved to read Nussbaum's thoughts on newer programming or, better yet, to have her talk about her own favorite shows and their impact (which she explicitly states this collection is not: this is what she considers her best works of criticism, not necessarily favorite programming.) Longer essays, too, like the ones on Louis CK, Kenya Barris and product placement were all well done, but in my opinion better suited as standalone pieces than part of a book. Overall, there were many essays here that I found entertaining (and I especially loved that you don't have to watch every show Nussbaum mentions to be able to enjoy the essays) but not necessarily illuminating. Here's hoping Nussbaum releases a personal essay collection tied to TV in the future; that I'd love to read
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  • Jay Gabler
    January 1, 1970
    A handy guide to the era of prestige TV, starting with The Sopranos. That was the show that prompted Nussbaum’s jump into TV criticism, albeit without her knowing that would develop into a full-fledged career. A through-line of I Like to Watch is the writer’s reckoning with the way that career has seen significant changes to some of the things she loved about television: its collaborative nature, its episodic structure, the way it unfolds over weeks and months of time.Nearly every essay makes a A handy guide to the era of prestige TV, starting with The Sopranos. That was the show that prompted Nussbaum’s jump into TV criticism, albeit without her knowing that would develop into a full-fledged career. A through-line of I Like to Watch is the writer’s reckoning with the way that career has seen significant changes to some of the things she loved about television: its collaborative nature, its episodic structure, the way it unfolds over weeks and months of time.Nearly every essay makes a compelling argument about a show or show-runner, and while I was reading it I had to bite my tongue every time a show came up in conversation and I wanted to insert, “You know, Emily Nussbaum says…” I’ll admit to skimming a few sections that got into the weeds regarding shows I didn’t see, but by and large if you don’t mind spoilers, you can save yourself a lot of time by letting Nussbaum explain why Vanderpump rules or how Jessica Jones breaks the superhero mold.I reviewed I Like to Watch for The Tangential.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Let’s get this out of the way: Emily Nussbaum is a spectacular television critic. She’s earned her acclaim, her place at the New Yorker, her Pulitzer Prize. As I took notes, I had to stop myself from jotting down man, she’s good at this every chapter. She is one of my auto-read writers. Whether or not I’ve watched the show in question, I will read anything she writes about television. Sharp and witty, Nussbaum has a clear and incisive point of view as a critic skeptical of entrenched industry at Let’s get this out of the way: Emily Nussbaum is a spectacular television critic. She’s earned her acclaim, her place at the New Yorker, her Pulitzer Prize. As I took notes, I had to stop myself from jotting down man, she’s good at this every chapter. She is one of my auto-read writers. Whether or not I’ve watched the show in question, I will read anything she writes about television. Sharp and witty, Nussbaum has a clear and incisive point of view as a critic skeptical of entrenched industry attitudes.But a strong body of work isn’t enough to justify publishing this kind of collection. Most of these articles are available to anyone online; what’s the point of the book?In this case, the whole is so much more than the sum of its parts.It’s fun to take a tour through recent TV history, of course. Looking back, it’s interesting to note what Nussbaum didn’t know at the time, the shows she couldn’t know were just around the corner and world events that were about to change culture. The farther we get, the more fascinating these articles will become as cultural artifacts.But Nussbaum is doing more than just reminiscing. She’s chosen her pieces carefully to build a central argument about her role as a critic. As the articles chart the evolution of television, they also reveal Nussbaum’s struggle to defend her vision of the value of the medium. To Nussbaum, criticism is an act of love towards television itself. The arguments, the praise, the pans–they all say that TV is worth fighting over. Fighting for.--Decades in the making, this unassuming book represents the central thesis of one of the greatest television critics, Emily Nussbaum. I Like to Watch isn’t just a collection of TV criticism; it’s a defense of TV criticism and television itself, celebrating the medium’s unique power and charting its evolution throughout the post-Sopranos golden age. My full review can be found here.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for a copy of I Like To Watch by Emily Nussbaum for review. Available June 25/19.Emily Nussbaum’s essay collection is on my second favourite subject, tv and how amazing it is, especially in the last decade or so. As much as I like to talk about books, you should get me on the subject of television and what shows we should all be watching!Emily Nussbaum is an award winning culture writer and I Like to Watch is a collection of new and previously published es Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for a copy of I Like To Watch by Emily Nussbaum for review. Available June 25/19.Emily Nussbaum’s essay collection is on my second favourite subject, tv and how amazing it is, especially in the last decade or so. As much as I like to talk about books, you should get me on the subject of television and what shows we should all be watching!Emily Nussbaum is an award winning culture writer and I Like to Watch is a collection of new and previously published essays on a variety of subjects and different tv shows. As with all essay collections, some interested me greatly while others did not connect with me, mostly because they were written about shows I did not watch or did not enjoy. I really think there is something in this collection for every television fan. If you read television critiques, these ones are some of the most intellectual and fun that I have read. May not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you enjoy the art of television. I would recommend this collection!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    This collection of brilliant television criticism, profiles, and musings (originally published in the New Yorker) are smart, thoughtful and make for entertaining reading. My list of shows to watch just blew up as a result - added new shows, reminded me of shows I want to rewatch or move to the front of the queue, etc. In fact, I've resumed watching The Sopranos since reading a great essay about the show here gave me a hankering to revisit it!This is not to say that this collection is 100% even ( This collection of brilliant television criticism, profiles, and musings (originally published in the New Yorker) are smart, thoughtful and make for entertaining reading. My list of shows to watch just blew up as a result - added new shows, reminded me of shows I want to rewatch or move to the front of the queue, etc. In fact, I've resumed watching The Sopranos since reading a great essay about the show here gave me a hankering to revisit it!This is not to say that this collection is 100% even (a few essays are less strong than the others), and there will be some spoilers inherent in some the essays (mostly for older shows) - but this is definitely a 4.5 on my scale, and a strong recommend if you enjoy television or intelligent takes on pop culture. You can still enjoy this even if you haven't seen the show it is discussing, but it's more fun if you have.I like to watch too, but I love even more to read Nussbaum's work and watch. Fun! 4.5 stars.I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ben
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC of this book.Reading through this collection of (mostly previously-published) essays from Emily Nussbaum, I realized that her writing (along with that of a few others, all of whom have books coming out this year, oddly enough) has turned me into a New Yorker reader. The pieces in the book are great, and push past recapping shows into analyze why they accomplish (or, in a few cases, don't accomplish...looking at you, Lost) what they're trying to do Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for an ARC of this book.Reading through this collection of (mostly previously-published) essays from Emily Nussbaum, I realized that her writing (along with that of a few others, all of whom have books coming out this year, oddly enough) has turned me into a New Yorker reader. The pieces in the book are great, and push past recapping shows into analyze why they accomplish (or, in a few cases, don't accomplish...looking at you, Lost) what they're trying to do for the audience.The two original essays, one at the start, and one smack-dab in the middle of the collection, are some of the best work here, taking on both the notion of "guilty pleasures" and looking the whole Harvey Weinstein/Woody Allen/Louis CK situation with a sharp, critical eye with plenty of personal reflection. It's clear from this collection why Nussbaum won the Pulitzer for criticism in 2016.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I must admit the first thing that attracted me is the clever title! Emily Nussbaum's writings are so much more than a clever title however. Her essays are thoughtful, witty, precise and conversational. I had not read her writings, however I am happy to have "discovered" this Pulitzer Prize winning writer. I may not always agree with her points, but I can not fail to see her logic and respect her conclusions. I believe that I most appreciated her essay written about viewing TV in the MetToo mille I must admit the first thing that attracted me is the clever title! Emily Nussbaum's writings are so much more than a clever title however. Her essays are thoughtful, witty, precise and conversational. I had not read her writings, however I am happy to have "discovered" this Pulitzer Prize winning writer. I may not always agree with her points, but I can not fail to see her logic and respect her conclusions. I believe that I most appreciated her essay written about viewing TV in the MetToo millennium. I will be talking about her self discoveries and it will be a discussion and debate topic for quite awhile for me. I think that essay alone could be the basis of a book discussion selection!I appreciate Ms Mussbaum's conversational style, her attention to detail, and her knowledge that is beyond compare. i just might have to subscribe to the New Yorker!I received my copy through NetGalley under no obligation.
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  • Tess
    January 1, 1970
    I LIKE TO WATCH, Emily Nussbaum's collection of essays on television, is a revelation. I worked through the book much faster than anticipated. I thought I would go to each essay individually, and would take my time, but her amazing writing, insights, and interesting stories about some of my favorite television shows made the book a page-turner for me. Each essay is about a certain television show, yes, but it usually delves into so much more - politics, relationships, how we consume culture, and I LIKE TO WATCH, Emily Nussbaum's collection of essays on television, is a revelation. I worked through the book much faster than anticipated. I thought I would go to each essay individually, and would take my time, but her amazing writing, insights, and interesting stories about some of my favorite television shows made the book a page-turner for me. Each essay is about a certain television show, yes, but it usually delves into so much more - politics, relationships, how we consume culture, and so much more. Her critiques are both rich and nuanced, and she makes the best argument for television as art. The collection is also extremely timely. However, I think it will also endure and find myself wanting to get the hard cover copy of the book to have forever (something I rarely think to do with NetGalley books!) Five stars for sure.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a big fan of Emily Nussbaum's, following her on Twitter and eagerly reading her New Yorker pieces whenever they're published, so it's no surprise that I liked I Like to Watch. I hadn't initially realized that the bulk of essays would be previously published pieces, but they are so well written, and intelligently chosen to illustrate the points she makes in the new essays. Heartily recommended for anyone who enjoys reading a smart commentator.Many thanks to Random House and NetGalley for the I'm a big fan of Emily Nussbaum's, following her on Twitter and eagerly reading her New Yorker pieces whenever they're published, so it's no surprise that I liked I Like to Watch. I hadn't initially realized that the bulk of essays would be previously published pieces, but they are so well written, and intelligently chosen to illustrate the points she makes in the new essays. Heartily recommended for anyone who enjoys reading a smart commentator.Many thanks to Random House and NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Elly
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review.The book was a thoughtful, eye opening and engaging take on TV (and pop culture in general). It reads as a collection of essays which weave nicely into each other. I would have liked the essays to have been updated to the writer's present day opinion, in some cases. Still, such a good read.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Nussbaum's critiques are thoughtful, funny, and game-changing when it comes to understanding television as a medium: especially in the so-called "Golden Age." The new material she wrote specifically for this collection is magnificent, but revisiting essays I've already read and discovering other works of hers was also GREAT. I'm now a huge dorky fan of hers.
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  • Kendra
    January 1, 1970
    A terrific collection of Nussbaum’s writing on television, this book is personal, witty, and thought-provoking. Critic Nussbaum explores tv writing, fans, commercialism, product placement, dealing with the legacies of predatory actors and directors, and other crucial topics in the medium. Highly recommended for tv and film consumers.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    This is a collection of essays about television by New Yorker tv critic, Emily Nussbaum. Most of them are previously published though there a few new ones. The previously published essays all begin with a short reflection about how she views what she wrote. I would recommend to any fellow tv lovers.
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  • Ang
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy Emily Nussbaum's work, in general, so this was a pleasure to read. Her Pulitzer is well-deserved.Most of these essays appeared originally elsewhere, so your mileage may vary, in terms of what you get out of this. Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the digital ARC.
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  • Dan Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t realize this is largely an anthology of older work, but hey, it’s Emily Nussbaum on television. She makes you care about shows you didn’t think you might, has great insight on shows you already love and has a great perspective on the creative process.
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  • YY
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars.
  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    I've gained close to 30 IQ points from reading this book. Emily Nussbaum lets you feel good about taking TV seriously-- in fact, she argues that we have to.
  • Jade
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun, inspiring, interesting, and poignant read. I had actually not read any of Emily Nussbaum’s work before and I’m now a huge fan! I, like the author, have also always had a huge penchant for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of the best TV shows that has ever aired on TV. I think I’m actually going to spend the summer watching reruns now after reading this book!I Like To Watch is a compilation of some of the Pulitzer Prize winning TV critic’s essays and profiles. There is one on Bu This was such a fun, inspiring, interesting, and poignant read. I had actually not read any of Emily Nussbaum’s work before and I’m now a huge fan! I, like the author, have also always had a huge penchant for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of the best TV shows that has ever aired on TV. I think I’m actually going to spend the summer watching reruns now after reading this book!I Like To Watch is a compilation of some of the Pulitzer Prize winning TV critic’s essays and profiles. There is one on Buffy, another on Jenji Kohan, another on Kenya Barris and black-ish. You will find essays on The Good Wife, Scandal, Girls, as well as Sex and the City, Tina Fey, and content on the history of the TV series. There is also a sprawling, poignant, and interesting essay on #MeToo which questions the author’s, as well as our own, personal involvement and actions. All of these topics are covered in the book, and more.I personally loved reading Emily Nussbaum’s thoughts on some of my favorite shows, and she also opened my eyes to shows that hadn’t been on my radar, or that I had never given a chance. I also had a good chuckle on the whole “intellectuals” don’t watch TV thing - took me straight back to university where I tried so hard to explain the brilliance of Buffy to some of my friends who couldn’t understand why I would be watching it (luckily I had others who had no qualms about watching TV with me AND debating poetry and literature). I love how Emily Nussbaum writes: she’s funny and honest, sharp and engaging, and has me wanting to read more. I don’t think you have to be a proven fan of the critic to enjoy this essay collection - it’s great for just about anyone who loves TV I think!Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not really much of a television watcher these days - for some reason multi-episode stuff isn’t doing it for me - but I do love criticism. I’d read about a third of Nussbaum’s essays previously so I already knew that I would enjoy this book immensely. Some are more reviews of a show’s season or finale, some are more of a critical look back. Two essays are completely new - which in my opinion was too few. I would have loved a better balance of older pieces and new cross-topic pieces.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    It's a fine collection. Some of them interested me far more than other, just based on what I personally watch.
  • Morgan Schulman
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest reviewVery smart writing about the platinum age of television – it was entertaining to read the essays even about the shows I don’t watch. If you’re interested in humorous dissections of popular culture in a “personal is political” fashion, you will enjoy this book.
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