Steven H. Scheuer

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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)

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.


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[edit]

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.


The Steven H. Scheuer Collection of Television Program Scripts at Yale University "contains approximately five thousand American television scripts dating from about 1953 to 1963."[2] The Steven H. Scheuer Papers are housed at the Syracuse University Library.[3] The Steven H. Scheuer Television Archive at CUNY TV (the broadcasting arm of The City University of New York) holds many of his television interviews, including those for Television in America: An Autobiography.

Selected works[edit]

  • 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