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). He is at work on a fifth.

Bianculli is professor of Television Studies at Rowan University in New Jersey.

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You won't want to miss this funny and surprising 'Reboot'

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Ken Burns' new three-part documentary, The U.S. and the Holocaust, explores what everyday Americans knew — or didn't know — about what the Nazis were doing in Europe. Above, a tenant farmer reads a newspaper in Creek County, Okla., in February 1940. 1940/Library of Congress hide caption

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Ken Burns connects the past and the present in 'The U.S. and the Holocaust'

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'Rings of Power' and 'House of the Dragon' are giant gambles. Will they pay off?

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'In Treatment' meets 'Dexter' in Hulu's psychological thriller 'The Patient'

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'Better Call Saul' sticks the landing with the series finale

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The Jan. 6 TV hearings conclude with some really compelling cliffhangers

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'The Last Movie Stars' offers an intimate portrait of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

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Nathan Fielder walks people through different tricky conversations and scenarios on The Rehearsal. HBO hide caption

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In HBO's reality series 'The Rehearsal,' participants practice real-life scenarios

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Bob Odenkirk plays the title character in the Breaking Bad spin-off series Better Call Saul. Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television hide caption

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'Better Call Saul' might be the greatest of all time — if it can stick the landing

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Jeff Bridges makes a triumphant return to TV in 'The Old Man'

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Questions of faith and sanity bubble to the surface in season 3 of 'Evil'

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In the miniseries Irma Vep, Alicia Vikander plays an actress who travels to Paris to star in a period recreation of The Vampires. Carole Bethuel/HBO hide caption

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HBO's sly new 'Irma Vep' proves there's still no business like show business

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Norm Macdonald's 'Nothing Special' gives us one last dose of the late comic

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'Great Performances' goes inside Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking 'Company'

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'American Dream' documentary examines George Carlin's triumphs and demons

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