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

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).

A professor of TV and film at Rowan University, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the website, TVWorthWatching.com.

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ABC Takes A Risky Gamble By Reviving 2 Classic Sitcoms For Live Broadcast

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George Clooney's 'Catch-22' On Hulu Is Ambitious And Darkly Satisfying

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'Dead To Me' Is One Of The Best — And Most Unpredictable — Series On TV

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'Fosse/Verdon' Surges With Creativity, Excitement And Dance

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New 'Twilight Zone' Reboot Pales In Comparison To The Original

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'What We Do In The Shadows' Is Like 'The Office' — Just With Fangs And Blood

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Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades and Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades in Billions. Jeff Neumann/Showtime hide caption

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All The Chess Pieces Are On The Move In Season 4 Of 'Billions'

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Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse during his child molestation trial in May 2005. Carlo Allegri/Getty Images hide caption

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'Leaving Neverland' Is Hard To Watch — But Important To See

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In 1993, Lorena Bobbitt made national headlines when she severed her husband's penis and threw it out a car window. She said her husband had been abusive. Amazon Prime Video hide caption

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26 Years Later, 'Lorena' Revisits The Bobbitt Saga — And The Media Reaction

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John Malkovich plays Agatha Christie's iconic detective Hercule Poirot in the three-part Amazon Prime miniseries, The ABC Murders. Gareth Gattrell /Amazon Prime Video hide caption

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In 'The ABC Murders,' John Malkovich Plays An Older, More Vulnerable Poirot

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Chris Pine plays a washed-up newspaper reporter in 1965 Los Angeles in the TNT miniseries I Am the Night. Clay Enos/TNT hide caption

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Mystery Miniseries 'I Am The Night' Borne From Real-Life Family Secrets

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Bob Odenkirk plays Jimmy McGill in AMC's Better Call Saul. Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures Television hide caption

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Bianculli's Best TV Shows Of 2018: 'Better Call Saul' Is Still On Top

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Cardi B; Ethan Hawke in First Reformed; Sandra Oh in Killing Eve. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for iHeartMedia; A24; Sophie Mutevelian/BBC America hide caption

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Back For Season 2, 'Mrs. Maisel' Remains A Comedy Of The Highest Caliber

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Florence Pugh plays an actress who attempts to infiltrate a terrorist cell in the new AMC miniseries The Little Drummer Girl. Jonathan Olley/AMC/Ink Factory hide caption

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The Twists And Turns In 'Little Drummer Girl' Are Pure Le Carré

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