13 Best TV History & Criticism

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling TV History & Criticism in 2020


TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time

TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Grand Central Publishing

Television Criticism

Television Criticism
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television's Most Influential News Broadcast

Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television's Most Influential News Broadcast
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

Hollywood's West: The American Frontier in Film, Television, and History

Hollywood's West: The American Frontier in Film, Television, and History
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

The Columbia History of American Television (Columbia Histories of Modern American Life)

The Columbia History of American Television (Columbia Histories of Modern American Life)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Queer TV: Theories, Histories, Politics

Queer TV: Theories, Histories, Politics
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

That's the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America

That's the Way It Is: A History of Television News in America
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Winner, International Moving Image Book Award

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • As You Wish Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride

Family Don't End with Blood: Cast and Fans on How Supernatural Has Changed Lives

Family Don't End with Blood: Cast and Fans on How Supernatural Has Changed Lives
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests

The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

The History of Graduation Day, the Cap and the Gown Worn

With Graduation upon us, what is the history and how does it apply today?

1.Separation from Society
2.Inculcation-transformation;
3.Return to Society in the new status.

So what is the history behind Graduation Ceremonies, Caps and Gowns?

The "Rite of Passage" Graduation Day

The Baccalaureate Ceremony is considered the beginning of "Rite of passage." Some schools include the Baccalaureate Ceremony with the actual Graduation Ceremony, while others celebrate the two in separate events altogether. For brevity purposes, I will explain the former.

The graduation commencement ceremonies usually begin with speeches from faculty or special speakers, which may include the actual students and music. Afterwards the graduates names are called one by one as "Pomp and Circumstance" is traditionally played. Not every ceremony follows this tradition.

"Pomp and Circumstance" was composed by Sir Edward Elgar (b. 6/2/1857 d. 2/26/1934). "Pomp and Circumstance" was first performed on October 19, 1901 in Liverpool, England. As the students commence onto the stage they are handed their diplomas and given a handshake. It is at that point the students flip the tassels on their hats.

The Baccalaureate Ceremony origin is said to go back to 1432. The first Baccalaureate Ceremony commenced at Oxford University. At that time each student was required to deliver a sermon in Latin as part of his academic applications.

Cap and Gown. What do they mean and where did they come from?

What we call today a "cap," which is worn by students and faculty in some cases, used to be called a "hood." The "hood" is believed to be dated back to the Celtic Groups. At that time in history only the Druid priests wore capes with hoods, symbolizing their superiority and higher intelligence. Today, the "hood" or "cap" is used to identify the student's academic institution and degree. The tassel that is attached (and sometimes the color of the cap and gown or scarf) is used to signify the student's academic achievement within the academic structure.

Prior to the 1950's the color of the graduation gown was gray. This was practiced only in the U.S. Colors in European countries were used as far back as the 1800s to signify the area of study. Sometime during the 1950's students began to ask for cap and gowns that represented their school colors. Their wish was granted and the emergence of varying colors used for gowns caught on.

During the 12th and 13th centuries the academic dress for graduation was born. At that time the standard dress for faculty or students was clerical dress. It wasn't until 1321 that the University of Coimbra decided that all Doctors, Bachelors, and Licentiates would be required to wear gowns.

So there you have the basic history of Graduation Day and the ceremonial garb that is worn. Please remember to stay safe. The number of students who are just beginning their journey into life declines greatly on graduation night. Why? Drinking and Driving are a deadly mix and many graduating seniors and others are killed during the "celebrations."

Graduation Day

All the dreams that have come and gone;
All the memories that will live on and on.
High School days we thought would last forever;
All the time we thought we'd be together.
Time seemed to slip by and then go away;
Now it's graduation day.
So many times we laughed and we shared;
So many times we said I love you and I care.
The happiness, the sadness and the fights galore;
All these things were wrapped into one and more.
Time seemed to slip by and then go away;
Now it's graduation day.
So many times wondering if we'll remember what we've learned;
The credits, the honors and the scholarships we've earned.
The trips, the sneak days, cutting a class;
For all these years we thought they'd never pass.
Time seemed to slip by, and then go away;
Now it's graduation day.
And so my friends I want to dedicate this to you;
For the good times and the sad, yes there's been a few of those too.
The tears streak down my face, the memories to stay;
Because now my friends, it's graduation day. Jaci Rae - Copyright

Jaci Rae's determination brought her from a poor childhood to a successful singer and performer who tours around the world. She is the recipient of the "Female Vocalist of the Year" award at the Golden Music Awards in Nashville, as well as a Barnes and Noble and Amazon #1 Best seller.

She is the author of The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money, as well as Winning Points With The Woman In Your Life One Touchdown At A Time. Jaci lives in California where she spends her spare time working on her music, writing and hanging out with family and friends. For more information, go to

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