Friday, November 09, 2012

Buy my book! 'The Revolution Was Televised' is on sale now in a revised edition!

12/1/15 UPDATE: As you can tell from the snazzy new red cover on display, my book, "The Revolution Was Televised," has been released in a new updated edition, which deals with the ends of "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" and shifts to other stories since I first published it back in 2012. (For many more details on the changes, check out this HitFix blog post.)

For those of you who don't know the book, it looks back at the last 15-odd years of TV drama through the prism of some of the best and/or most influential dramas in television history: "The Sopranos," "Oz," "The Wire," "Deadwood," "The Shield," "Lost," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "24," "Battlestar Galactica," "Friday Night Lights," "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad." It's part critical analysis, part history, featuring tons of new interviews with people like David Chase, David Milch, David Simon, Vince Gilligan, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, and more.

The new edition shares an ISBN number with the old one, which means all the retail links should work to the version in paperback at Amazon, through Amazon's Kindle store, for iBooks, for Barnes & Noble's Nook and for Kobo. There's also an eBook single featuring just the revised "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" chapters, available for Kindle and other digital formats. You can find much more information about the book at

I hope you like it. It's a book born out of the writing that started on this blog, so I couldn't have done it without you. If you have any additional questions, you can write to me at


DJ Doena said...

Do you already have an ISBN?

n.p. said...

I assume "Buy my book!" is a reference to Jay Sherman's talking life-size cutout?

Laura P said...

Will it be available on or Book Depository?

Alan Sepinwall said...

Do you already have an ISBN?

Yes, the book has an ISBN. 0615718299

Alan Sepinwall said...

Will it be available on or Book Depository?

It's self-published through Amazon, which means they sell it, yet for some reason, isn't one of the distribution outlets for either the Kindle or paperback versions. I know some people have ordered the paperback from the US Amazon store and paid extra to ship it across the border. Best I can suggest, I'm afraid.

Alicia said...

I just bought one. I've been loving your The Wire commentary, am even watching the whole series a second time just so I can read your Veteran posts :)

Buffy and Breaking Bad are my ultimate favourites, so as soon as I read that you wrote a book about all my favourites, I jumped on Amazon and bought immediately. Now I have to work out if I should watch Sopranos before reading your book!

J. Robinson said...

Mr. Sepinwall;
I'm a long time fan of yours and recently DEVOURED "The Revolution was Televised". I couldn't have loved it more. In fact, I'm such a devotee, I'm making my students read it the grad-level class on TV I'm teaching this semester at USC. (I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell you same...?) Here's the rub; my students apparently can't get a hold of the book. Unless they buy the e-book, hard copies seem to be impossible to come by. Any suggestions? (And oh; hurray for your wild success!) And yes, I'm as shocked as you are that 25-year-olds even KNOW what an actual, bound book is.

Alan Sepinwall said...

J, The original version of the paperback has gone out of print while we wait for the Touchstone version to come out later this spring. Shoot me an email and I may be able to help you out.