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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Anthology Series 'Why Women Kill' Weaves 3 Mysteries In 3 Decades

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Kristen Bell is back as the wry title detective in Hulu's new season of Veronica Mars. Hulu hide caption

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'Veronica Mars' Offers More Than Nostalgia; She's Always Been A Survivor

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The seven-part Showtime series The Loudest Voice traces the rise and fall of Fox News chief Roger Ailes (Russell Crowe). Showtime hide caption

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Loud But Not Captivating: Drama About Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Falls Flat

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In the Legion's third (and final) season, it's not clear if the show's central character, David Haller (Dan Stevens), is a hero or a villain. Suzanne Tenner/FX hide caption

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'Legion' And 'Jessica Jones' Played The Long Game — And It Paid Off

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Kevin Bacon, left, and Aldis Hodge play an FBI agent and a district attorney who team up to root out corruption in the Showtime series City on a Hill. Showtime hide caption

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Expect Excellence From 'City On A Hill': A Cop Drama That Won't Disappoint

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In the first episode of Black Mirror Season 5, Anthony Mackie (left) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II play two estranged college friends who reunite later in life over a virtual reality video game. Netflix hide caption

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Originality And Uncertainty Still Reign As 'Black Mirror' Enters Its 5th Season

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Foul-mouthed brothel owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) is back in HBO's Deadwood: The Movie. HBO hide caption

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13 Years Later, 'Deadwood' Goes Out Just As Brilliantly As It Came In

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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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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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