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1It is often said that television series are nowadays as good as films, or even better than them, but the philosophical inquiry into the former remains much less developed than the philosophy of film. A handful of recent books (e.g., Nannicelli 2016, Shuster 2017, Andrzejewski and Salwa 2018, Bandirali and Terrone 2021) have tried to fill the gap, but there is much work still to be done. Significant contributions to the aesthetics of television series are coming from television studies and film studies (Thompson 2003, Martin 2013, Mittell 2015, Vaage 2016), raising issues which philosophers are challenged to address. This special issue aims to offer philosophical perspectives on television series that are meant to explore this new area of research in which aesthetics and media studies can fruitfully interact.

2The papers that constitute the special issue are of two kinds. First, papers that offer philosophical perspectives on particular television series: Paolo Babbiotti’s A Missed Education: Avoiding the Ordinary in The Sopranos, Héctor J. Pérez’s Aesthetic Interactionism and My Brilliant Friend, and Carlo Chiurco’s Technics and the Sacred: The Path to Freedom and Authenticity in American Gods. Second, papers that point towards all-encompassing philosophical accounts of television series: Marco Segala’s Epic Performed: The Poetic Nature of TV Series, Iris Vidmar Jovanović’s Glancing, Gazing and Binging: On the Appeal of Contemporary Television Serials, Angela Maiello’s TV Series: A Form of Adaptation to the Contemporary Media Condition, and Dario Cecchi’s Seriality as a Chronotope. Finally, Osman Nemli and Mukasa Mubirumusoke’s After Black(ness) bridges the gap between the two approaches by considering two particular series, namely The Sopranos and Atlanta, in order to develop a more general philosophical discourse on television series.

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Andrzejewski, A., Salwa, M. 2018, Law and TV Series, Leiden, Brill.

Bandirali, L., Terrone, E. 2021, Concept TV. An Aesthetics of Television Series, Lanham, Lexington Books.

Martin, B. 2013, Difficult Men. Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution. From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, New York, Penguin Books.

Mittell, J. 2015, Complex TV. The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling, New York, New York University Press.

Nannicelli, T. 2016, Appreciating the Art of Television. A Philosophical Perspective, London, Routledge.

Shuster, M. 2017, New Television. The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press.

Thompson, K. 2003, Storytelling in Film and Television, Cambridge, Harvard University Press.

Vaage, M.B. 2016, The Antihero in American Television, New York, Routledge.

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Mario Slugan e Enrico Terrone, «Introduction»Rivista di estetica [Online], 83 | 2023, online dal 01 février 2024, consultato il 25 mai 2024. URL:; DOI:

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