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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An Aspiring Aerobics Instructor Exorcises Her Inner Demons In 'Physical'

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Time-Traveling TV Romp 'Loki' Satirizes Comic-Book Conventions

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Gripping Documentaries Mark The 100th Anniversary Of The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

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'Solos' And 'The Bite' Showcase How To Create New TV During A Pandemic

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'Hacks' Captures The Career Intersection Of 2 Funny Women Who Suffer No Fools

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'Attenborough's Journey' Salutes The Broadcaster With A Passion For Nature

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Everybody Harbors A Secret — And A Motive — In HBO's 'Mare Of Easttown'

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Plots, Subplots And Wildly Fascinating Villains Abound In 'The Nevers'

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Ken Burns' three-part documentary about American writer Ernest Hemingway (shown above) premieres on PBS April 5. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Ken Burns' 'Hemingway' Docuseries Dives Into The Writer's Complicated Life

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Tom Bateman and Eve Hewson play a couple whose marriage is not what it seems in Behind Her Eyes. Netflix hide caption

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With All The Twists And Turns 'Behind Her Eyes,' You'll Want To Watch It Twice

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Remembering Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Famously Portrayed Mark Twain

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The Lady and the Dale tells the true story of Elizabeth Carmichael, an automobile executive who introduced a bold new three-wheel car in the 1970s. Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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'Lady And The Dale,' A 4-Part Series About A 3-Wheeled Car, Is A Wild Ride

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'WandaVision' Is A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery — Disguised As A TV Show

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The Insurrection At The Capitol Is A TV Event That Will Live In History

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As 'Mr. Mayor,' Ted Danson Sustains His Stellar Sitcom Streak

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