Taschen’s Favorite TV Shows is a true testament to the power of television pop culture, no matter how short the run or painful the pilot. Certainly you’ll find your own favorite TV show listed in this sprawling anthology—or at least a few you can mention to impress dinner-party guests. At a hefty 744 pages, this book could double as the murder weapon on The Sopranos or Dexter (both of which are highlighted). Recently rediscovered cult classics like Twin Peaks and Arrested Development are just as at home here as darkly addictive contemporary classics like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. This chronicle is well worth the price. Consider it the centerpiece at your next dinner party. Taschen Books (taschen.com). —Lucy Doyle
Lucy Doyle is a frequent contributor to OutSmart Magazine.