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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The first episode of the BBC America docuseries Seven Worlds, One Planet, which premieres Jan. 18, focuses on the wildlife of Australia. Charles Davis/BBC America/BBC Studios hide caption

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Filmed Before The Fires, 'Seven Worlds' Shows Off Australia's Amazing Wildlife

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After an earthquake strikes during an MRI, Zoey (Jane Levy) finds that her brain is infused with music in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. Sergei Bachlakov/NBC hide caption

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'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' May, Or May Not, Be Your Jam

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Dan Stevens plays a young man who's haunted by the voices in his head in Legion. Kristen Bell explores what it means to be a good person on The Good Place. FX, NBC hide caption

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Nothing Beats 'The Good Place': David Bianculli Picks The Best TV Of 2019

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Disney+ Brings A Catalog Of Old And New Gems To Streaming

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Apple TV Plus Debuts With An Opening Line-Up That's Not Yet Worth Paying For

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Despite Helen Mirren's Star Turn, 'Catherine The Great' Is Just OK

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6 Years Later, 'El Camino' Proves Just As Exciting And Original As 'Breaking Bad'

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'The Politician' Runs On Plenty Of Twists And Turns — But Few Winning Characters

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Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi and Mike Colter investigate phenomena that are not easily explained on the CBS series Evil. Elizabeth Fisher/CBS hide caption

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'Evil' Summons Supernatural Surprises To The CBS Fall Lineup

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Obscure Artists Alice Guy-Blaché And Tom Lehrer Get Their Due In 2 New DVDs

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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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