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).

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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Mystery Thriller 'Homecoming' Delivers A Healthy Dose Of Suspicion And Paranoia

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Kerry Bishé plays a woman who goes on a themed cruise for Romanov descendants in the second episode of The Romanoffs. The anthology series premieres Friday on Amazon Prime Video. Jan Thijs/Amazon Studios hide caption

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'The Romanoffs' Feels Like A Short Story Collection Made For The Screen

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On 'SNL,' '60 Minutes' And More, How Networks And Cable Covered Kavanaugh

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'Murphy Brown' Returns, With Familiarly Defiant — And Heavy-Handed — Humor

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Fast-Paced And Proudly Unusual, 'Maniac' Dives Into The Mysteries Of The Mind

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Sean Penn plays a veteran astronaut who aspires to go to Mars in the Hulu series The First. Alan Markfield/Hulu hide caption

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'The First' Is A Human Mission To Mars, With A Focus On The Humans

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Beep Beep, Yeah! Paul McCartney On Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' Is TV At Its Best

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New Season Of 'Better Call Saul' Brings Spinoff One Step Closer To 'Breaking Bad'

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Thoughtful Documentary Brings Viewers 'Inside' The Mind Of Robin Williams

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Amy Adams Gives An Unforgettable Performance In HBO's 'Sharp Objects'

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Beep Beep, Yeah! Paul McCartney On Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' Is TV At Its Best

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A Look Back At How Milton Berle And Ed Sullivan Captivated Audiences With Variety

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Picnic at Hanging Rock was written by Joan Lindsay in 1967 and made into a very moody and memorable movie by director Peter Weir in 1975. Now, a new TV miniseries picks up the story of an ill-fated picnic in rural, turn-of-the-century Australia. Xinger Xanger Photography /Amazon Prime Video hide caption

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Venture Into The Australian Wilderness For A Chilling 'Picnic At Hanging Rock'

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'Rocky And Bullwinkle' Reboot Is Good — Just Not As Great As The Original

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HBO's Heavy-Handed 'Fahrenheit 451' Lacks The Poetry Of Ray Bradbury's Original

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