Experimental Television, Test Films, Pilots and Trial Series, 1925 through 1995

Seven Decades of Small Screen Almosts


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About the Book

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 more than 3,000 experimental television programs, both aired and unaired, that almost became a series. Entries include length, network, air date (if appropriate), a fact-filled plot synopsis, cast, guest stars, producer, director, writer, and music coordinator. Fully indexed.

About the Author(s)

Vincent Terrace has been a researcher for ABC television and is the television historian for BPOLIN Productions. He has written more than 50 books about television and radio.

Bibliographic Details

Vincent Terrace
Format: softcover (7 x 10 in 2 vols.)
Pages: 798
Bibliographic Info: 69 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4096-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3223-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Volume 1
Acknowledgements      vi
Preface      1
The Programs: Aaron’s–Nancy      3
(Entries 1–1753)

Volume 2
The Programs: Nancy–Zorro      411
(Entries 1754–2908)

Index      687

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Thoroughly intriguing…. A useful book for historical research in television and communication arts”—Choice
  • “Terrace is arguably the most prolific developer of television reference material, with more than 30 books to his credit…excellent and unique reference work…more than 3,000 programs…almost anyone with even a vague aesthetic sense would benefit from reading these entries”—ARBA