Mental Floss, the award-winning media brand living at the intersection of knowledge and entertainment, and Weldon Owen, a high-quality, nonfiction book publisher, today reveal The Curious Viewer: A Miscellany of Streaming Bingeable Shows from the Last 20 Years [Weldon Owen; October 19, 2021]. The Curious Viewer is the second book from Mental Floss, a Minute Media brand, and Weldon Owen, following the publication of The Curious Reader in May 2021, and brings readers on a deep dive into the greatest television shows of the last 20 years.
Filled with beautiful illustrations, entertaining facts, inside information and lists of must-see shows, The Curious Viewer takes readers on a journey of television since 2000 and features:
- The hardest role to cast on Game of Thrones
- The DEA’s involvement in Breaking Bad
- The lost Black-ish episode deemed too divisive for TV
- The real-life inspiration for Mad Men’s Don Draper
- The identity of “Ugly Naked Guy” on Friends
- When George Lucas sued Battlestar Galactica
- How Curb Your Enthusiasm saved a man from the death penalty
- When Doctor Who’s TARDIS went to court
- The story behind Law & Order’s iconic “dun-dun” sound effect
The Curious Viewer also contains many of Mental Floss’s famously fascinating lists, such as “Actors Who Asked for Their Characters to Be Killed Off,” “The Most-Watched TV Series Finales Ever,” “TV Characters Who Were Inspired by Real People,” “Bizarre TV Crossovers,” “Amazing One-Season Shows,” “Important Moments in LGBTQ+ History on TV,” and “Unforgettable Television Cliff-Hangers.” In addition, with hundreds of shows discussed, The Curious Viewer can help binge-watchers discover their next obsession.
The Curious Viewer is edited by Jennifer M. Wood, Mental Floss’s managing editor in charge of all entertainment content and a self-described compulsive binge-watcher. The illustrated book is available now for pre-sale at Insight Editions.com, or wherever books are sold. The book will hit bookstands everywhere on October 19, 2021.
About Mental Floss
Since its founding in a Duke University dorm 20 years ago, Mental Floss has inspired knowledge seekers around the globe by uncovering fascinating stories, illuminating little known facts, and providing answers to life’s big questions. Whether covering history, science, or a favorite TV show, Mental Floss has helped readers feel smarter. Mental Floss has won four Webby Awards, been nominated for three ASME awards, and published multiple books, board games, fact-of-the-day calendars, and podcasts. The brand reaches more than 19 million users per month across its site, social media accounts, and popular YouTube channel. Mental Floss is owned and operated by Minute Media, whose other destinations include The Players’ Tribune, 90min, DBLTAP, The Big Lead, and FanSided.
About Weldon Owen:
Founded in 1984, Weldon Owen is a high-quality, nonfiction book publisher specializing in producing innovative, richly illustrated lifestyle books in the categories of food and drink, sports and fitness, popular science, craft and design, and popular culture for the global market. Weldon Owen illustrates great ideas and breaks down complex skills so anyone can learn them, while being entertained and inspired along the way. Weldon Owen is a division of Insight Editions. For more information and inspiration, visit, www.weldonowen.com.