- A powerful narrative social history that examines television’s rise as the great 'certifying agent' in American life
- Extends its coverage to the end of the twentieth century, and defines the 'Television Age' as a discrete period in American history that is bracketed by the end of WWII and 9/11
- Includes discussions of the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Clinton impeachment; the massacre at Columbine High School; the 2000 presidential election; and the tragic events of September 11, 2001
- Considers the cultural impact of recent prime-time programs such as Seinfeld, CSI and Will & Grace
- Presents a sweeping account of the connections between TV and American culture
2: Television and the Melting Pot: Race and Ethnicity.
3: Home on screen: Gender and Family.
4: The Killing Tube: Violence and Crime.
5: TV Goes all the Way: Romance and Sexuality.
6: The Boxed-In Workplace: Jobs and Professions.
7: Tuning Out Restraint: Indulgence and Advertising.
8: Taking the Cue: Television and the American Personality.
9: Deep Focus: Television and the American Character.
10: The Webbed Republic: Democracy in the Television Age.