This is a fully updated and expanded edition of a bestselling textbook. It is revised in response to feedback from users of the first edition. It now includes new sections on animation and reality TV. Case studies updated to include "24", "Lost", "The Office", "The X Factor" and many more. It is richly illustrated with images from the programmes discussed.This fully revised and updated edition offers a comprehensive introduction to television genre, addressing genre as a concept and key television genres, including drama, comedy, crime series, news and reality TV, with case studies of classic and contemporary TV programmes and contributions from leading TV scholars.