Steven H. Scheuer

Steven Henry Scheuer (January 9, 1926 – May 31, 2014) was a film and television historian and critic. He edited all seventeen editions of Movies on TV published between 1958 and 1993 and wrote The Movie Book (1974), subtitled A Comprehensive, Authoritative, Omnibus Volume on Motion Pictures and the Cinema World. He was moderator of the syndicated television series All About TV from 1969 to 1990. In 2002, he hosted and produced a 13-program series for public television, Television in America: An Autobiography.

Steven H. Scheuer
Steven Harry Scheuer

(1926-01-09)January 9, 1926
DiedMay 31, 2014(2014-05-31) (aged 88)
OccupationFilm critic, television critic, film historian, television historian, newspaper columnist
Years active1958−2003
Spouse(s)Nikki Scheuer (divorced)
Alida Brill (m. 1991)


Scheuer was born in New York City in 1926. His brothers (all deceased) were 13-Term New York Congressman James H. Scheuer, Walter Scheuer, an investor and film producer, and Richard Scheuer, a scholar and philanthropist. He also has a sister, Amy Scheuer Cohen. His wife was author and feminist social critic Alida Brill.

Scheuer died on May 31, 2014, in New York of congestive heart failure.[1]

The Movies on TV series

Movies on TV was the first guide of its kind, preceding Leonard Maltin's similarly titled TV Movies book series (later rebranded Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide) by ten years. It contained capsule reviews and ratings of movies, videos and TV movies using a four star rating system. It was renamed Movies on TV and Videocassette in 1989. Scheuer's book differed from Maltin's in that it featured a greater number of made-for-television productions, including aired television pilots that Maltin's book omitted.

Selected works

  • Movies on TV (17 editions, 1958–1993)
  • The Movie Book (1974). ISBN 0872234134
  • The Television Annual 1978-79 (1979). ISBN 0-02-081830-0
  • Movie Blockbusters (ghostwritten by Jim Beaver (1982, revised 1983)
  • Who's Who in Television and Cable (1983). ISBN 0871967472
  • Box Office Champions: The Biggest Movie Blockbusters of All Time (1984)
  • The Complete Guide to Videocassette Movies (1987). ISBN 0805001107
  • The Pocket Guide to Collecting Movies on DVD (2003) (by Steven Scheuer and Alida Brill-Scheuer). ISBN 0743475712


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