By Sara Gwenllian-Jones,Roberta E. Pearson

A tv sequence is tagged with the label "cult" via the media, advertisers, and community executives whilst it's thought of edgy or offbeat, whilst it appeals to nostalgia, or whilst it's thought of emblematic of a selected lifestyle. by means of those standards, nearly any sequence will be defined as cult. but convinced courses exert an uncanny energy over their fanatics, encouraging them to immerse themselves inside of a fictional world.

In Cult tv major students learn such indicates because the X-Files; The Avengers; health care professional Who, Babylon 5; big name Trek; Xena, Warrior Princess; and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to figure out the defining features of cult tv and map the contours of this phenomenon in the greater scope of well known culture.

Contributors: Karen Backstein; David A. Black, Seton corridor U; Mary Hammond, Open U; Nathan Hunt, U of Nottingham; Mark Jancovich; Petra Kuppers, Bryant university; Philippe Le Guern, U of Angers, France; Alan McKee; Toby Miller, big apple U; Jeffrey Sconce, Northwestern U; Eva Vieth

Sara Gwenllian-Jones is a lecturer in tv and electronic media at Cardiff college and co-editor of Intensities: The magazine of Cult Media.

Roberta E. Pearson is a reader in media and cultural stories at Cardiff college. She is the writer of the impending booklet Small monitor, significant Universe: superstar Trek and Television.

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