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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'Ted Lasso' Scores In Season 2 With Unexpected Twists And A Lot Of Heart

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'Schmigadoon!' Is A Star-Studded Parody That's Worth Singing About

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Documentaries 'Summer Of Soul' And 'McCartney 3-2-1' Celebrate The Sound Of The '60s

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Conan O'Brien Pushes Silliness Aside As He Wraps Up His Late Night Show

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'Evil' And 'The Good Fight' Are Great Network Shows — For A Price

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

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