David Bianculli David Bianculli is a guest host and TV critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

David Bianculli

TV Critic and Guest Host, Fresh Air

David Bianculli is a guest host and TV critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975.

From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News.

Bianculli has written four books: The Platinum Age Of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific (2016); Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2009); Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992); and Dictionary of Teleliteracy (1996).

An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine, TVWorthWatching.com.

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Charlie Cox plays a lawyer by day and the costumed Daredevil by night in the Netflix superhero series The Defenders. Netflix hide caption

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In 'Defenders,' Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination

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TV Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'Mr. Mercedes' Is An Engaging Cat-And-Mouse Thriller

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3 Distinctive New Series Are Worth Checking Out This August

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'GLOW' And 'Prime Suspect': Two TV Series You Won't Want To Miss

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Kyle MacLachlan plays FBI Agent Dale Cooper in Showtime's Twin Peaks: The Return. Showtime hide caption

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'Twin Peaks' Makes A Moody And Eccentric Return To TV

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Kathryn Hahn (center, with Lily Mojekwu and Roberta Colindrez) plays a filmmaker who is infatuated and infuriated by the title character in Amazon's new series I Love Dick. Leann Mueller/Amazon hide caption

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Streaming Services Put Female Characters At The Center With 'Anne' And 'Dick'

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A Salute To Filmmaker Jonathan Demme's Early TV Work

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Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' Delivers A Timely And Feminist Message

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Carrie Coon plays Gloria Burgle in the third season of the series Fargo, which premiers on FX Wednesday. Chris Large/FX hide caption

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'Fargo' And Bill Nye Make Promising Returns To The Small Screen

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Bob Odenkirk plays the ethically flexible lawyer Jimmy McGill on the AMC series Better Call Saul. Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television hide caption

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'Better Call Saul' Launches Its 3rd Season, Still The Best Drama Series On TV

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Julie Andrews presides over a quintet of youngsters who are getting their first chance at putting on a play in Julie's Greenroom, which is available on Netflix on Friday. Ali Goldstein/ Netflix hide caption

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Julie Andrews Teams Up With Henson Puppets In Netflix's 'Greenroom'

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Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell play Philip and Elizabeth Jennings on The Americans. The 5th season of the FX series premiers Tuesday. Matthias Clamer/FX hide caption

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Cold War Spy Series 'The Americans' Taps Into Today's Concerns About Russia

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Susan Sarandon plays Bette Davis in Bette and Joan. The eight-part miniseries, which begins Sun., March 5, kicks off the FX anthology series Feud. Kurt Iswarienko/FX hide caption

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'Bette And Joan' Reveals The Electric Personalities Behind 'Baby Jane'

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Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman play Monterey moms — and possible murderers — in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. HBO hide caption

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New Dramas 'Good Fight' And 'Big Little Lies' Make A Case For Subscription TV

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50 Years Later, The Biting Satire Of 'The Smothers Brothers' Still Resonates

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