Review: Children’s Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981: Part I: Animated Cartoon Series

Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981: Part I: Animated Cartoon Series
Children’s Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981: Part I: Animated Cartoon Series by George W. Woolery
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Not the most accurate of reference works, and poorly formatted for a professionally-published book to boot, Woolery’s Children’s Television books used to be the standard for the topic. Luckily, things have changed with the advent of the internet.

Much like the Medveds’ Golden Turkey Award books, one can see quite obviously that this author never watched most of the programs listed in the book (or read much of the source material for the pointlessly long addendums to the descriptions), and used WAY too many TV Guides for sources. Far too much time and page space is spent on distribution companies and syndication notes, which is pretty useless unless you are a TV station executive.

You can more than likely find an example of nearly all of these shows on YouTube right now. Go get your information from there, rather than wasting your money on one of these EXTREMELY overpriced volumes – I luckily got my copy here recently for $1.02 plus shipping, but there are posted listings on Amazon for hundreds of dollars. It is NOT worth it for a bunch of unverified information.

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