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). He is at work on a fifth.

Bianculli is professor of Television Studies at Rowan University in New Jersey.

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Jeff Bridges makes a triumphant return to TV in 'The Old Man'

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Questions of faith and sanity bubble to the surface in season 3 of 'Evil'

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In the miniseries Irma Vep, Alicia Vikander plays an actress who travels to Paris to star in a period recreation of The Vampires. Carole Bethuel/HBO hide caption

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HBO's sly new 'Irma Vep' proves there's still no business like show business

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Norm Macdonald's 'Nothing Special' gives us one last dose of the late comic

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'Great Performances' goes inside Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking 'Company'

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'American Dream' documentary examines George Carlin's triumphs and demons

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'Strange New Worlds' is the most enjoyable 'Star Trek' show since the original

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New TV series revisit Watergate and the original 'Godfather'

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'The First Lady' is far from perfect—but its lead performances make it worth watching

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Track star Moses Johnson (Tosin Cole) ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time in the AMC series 61st Street. Chuck Hodes/AMC hide caption

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'61st Street' is a well-acted — but none too subtle — crime drama

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HBO series captures Julia Child's joy and mastery in the kitchen

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John C. Reilly is Lakers owner Jerry Buss and Quincy Isaiah is player Magic Johnson in the HBO series Winning Time. Warrick Page/HBO hide caption

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Like the '80s Lakers, 'Winning Time' scores with an unconventional playbook

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Still ripping from the headlines: 'Law & Order' reboot continues with tradition

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'Pam & Tommy' asks smart questions about gossip, sexism and technology

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W. Kamau Bell asks all the right questions in 'We Need to Talk About Cosby'

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