Prologue: Let's be careful out there-- : the show that paved the way
What we were don't matter-- : Oz blazes a trail
All due respect-- : The Sopranos changes everything
All the pieces that matter : The Wire as the great American novel for television
A lie agreed upon : the profane poetry of Deadwood
I'm a different kind of cop-- : The Shield takes anti-heroism to the limit
Do you want to know a secret? : the perfect storm of Lost
She saved the world. A lot-- : Buffy the vampire slayer gives teen anger some fangs
Tell me where the bomb is!-- : 24 goes to war on terror, boredom
So say we all-- : the thinking man's sci-fi of Battlestar Galatica
Clear eyes, full heart-- : Friday night lights goes deep
It's a time machine-- : AMC gets into the game with Mad men
I am the one who knocks!-- : Breaking bad gives the recession the villain it deserves
Epilogue: Don't stop believing-- : the lasting legacy of the revolution
Where are they now?
"12 shows that started a revolution in TV drama: The Sopranos. Oz. The Wire. Deadwood. The Shield. Lost. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 24. Battlestar Galactica. Friday Night Lights. Mad Men. Breaking Bad. These 12 shows, and the many more they made possible, ushered in a new golden age of television--one that made people take the medium more seriously than ever before" -- P.  of cover.