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Happier Days: Paramount Television’s Classic Sitcoms 1974-1984, by Markey Brant (Billboard Books, 2006)

If you have ever wondered where those trivia game winners prepare for their contests? No better place than “Happier Days,” where the reader can peruse (and thoroughly enjoy) enough details to win any trivia game on 1974-1984 television situation comedies.

Here is an insider’s story to the studios and talent that produced these situation comedies which the USA, and eventually many parts of the world, have come to enjoy. Names are names, prices shared, and many historical details which bring the productions themselves alive for the reader.

“While that enchanting time at Paramount from 1974 to 1984 was indeed lightning in a bottle,” the author writes, “entertainment audiences worldwide will continue to enjoy the fruits of that bounty for years to come.”

Don’t let anyone tell you that all research is boring. This account, which includes through and careful research, will create an unforgettable picture in any reader’s mind.

Bruce Cook, Ph.D.


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