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Experimental Television, Test Films, Pilots and Trial Series, 1925 Through 1995: Seven Decades of Small Screen Almosts

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When I was young, with only three television networks to choose from, the oddball pilot or summer series, good or bad, was a treat. They are only vaguely remembered now if at all. This thoroughly intriguing book describes over 3,000 experimental television programs that almost became a series will jog your memory if you are old enough.

From the publisher:

Test films, pilots, trial series, limited runs, summer tryouts--by whatever name, televison networks have produced thousands of experimental shows that never made it into the regular line-up. Some were actually shown, but failed to gain an audience; many others never even made it on the air. This work includes over 3,000 experimental television programs, both aired and unaired, that almost became a series. Each entry includes the name of the show, length, network, air date (if appropriate), a fact-filled plot synopsis, cast, guest stars, producer, director, writer, and music coordinator. Information for this work was gathered primarily by watching the shows, reading years' worth of press releases, and using sources such as TV Guide and Variety to augment the primary research.

This came from the collection of Steve Sherman, a writer,artist, puppet-maker, puppet-performer, and avid collector. Steve worked as Jack Kirby's assistant, at Filmation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, before forming his own company Puppet Studio in 1984 contributing to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", "Men in Black 1 & 2", "Mighty Joe Young", "Muppets" and numerous other TV series and feature films.


Vincent Terrace

Condition & Attributes

Fine, issued without dustjacket



Publishing Information

Jefferson, NC
McFarland & Company

Physical Description

10.25 inches
7.25 inches
792 pages
black & white photographs
pictorial boards