By People Staff
January 29, 1996 12:00 PM

>Spurred by cult hits like Seinfeld, The X-Files, NYPD Blue and various spinoffs, TV tie-in books are booming. Which are worth getting off the couch for? Read on.

MTV’S BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD: THIS SUCKS, CHANGE IT! GIANT INACTIVITY BOOK WITH HANDY REMOTE CONTROL by Larry Doyle

The next best thing to having B&B barf on your couch is seeing them in raunchy comic-strip spoofs and hearing (at the push of a button) their degenerate “Heh-heh-heh-heh.” (MTV Books/Pocket Books/Melcher Media, $20)

BEHIND THE SCENES AT ER by Janine Pourroy

Cast bios of TV’s favorite MDs—plus how they spout medical jargon (can you say “anaphylactic”?), make blood spurt and simulate patients’ wounds (in livid color). (Ballantine, $15)

THE REAL REAL WORLD by Hillary Johnson and Nancy Rommelmann

Okay, it’s a bestseller, but this glossy souvenir of the cinema-verité series is no substitute for the real McPuck. (MTV Books/Pocket Books/Melcher Media, $16)

FRIENDS: THE OFFICIAL COMPANION by David Wild

An incisive guide to the NBC sitcom, with synopses of the first season’s episodes, a 100-item multiple-choice test and—even better—a compendium of choice wisecracks. (Doubleday, $12.95)

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