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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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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Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title character in the Showtime miniseries Patrick Melrose, which begins on Saturday. Ollie Upton/Showtime hide caption

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Cumberbatch Is A Riveting 'Patrick Melrose,' An Aristocrat Haunted By His Past

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'Westworld' And 'The Handmaid's Tale' Make Impressive Season 2 Returns

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Latest Episode Of 'Legion' Delivers A Thrillingly Original Hour Of TV

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'Paterno' And 'Killing Eve' Bring Complexity And Intrigue To Cable

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Remembering Groundbreaking Television Producer Steven Bochco

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'Roseanne' Reboot Falls Short Of The Groundbreaking Original Series

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HBO's Garry Shandling Biography Is An Affecting Take On The Meaning Of Life

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'Jessica Jones' Returns, Her Rage Especially Resonant In The #MeToo Era

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