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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Thursday

Think you know how it ends? David Kelley's 'Presumed Innocent' will keep you guessing

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Tuesday

A mild-mannered professor assumes the persona of a 'Hit Man' in this twisted tale

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Tuesday

Humor and horror make great bedfellows in the final season of ‘Evil’

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Thursday

John Mulaney is a strange, brilliantly funny host on 'Everybody's in L.A.'

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Friday

Peter Jackson's restored 'Let it Be' is a TV treat for Beatles fans

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Monday

'A Man in Full' chronicles the final 10 days of a wealthy, charismatic villain

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Wednesday

Elisabeth Moss plays British spy Imogen Salter in The Veil. Christine Tamalet/FX hide caption

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Elisabeth Moss embraces her best role yet as a secret agent in 'The Veil'

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Friday

Robert Durst was arrested in 2015, the night before HBO televised the final episode of The Jinx. He was later convicted of murder, and died in prison in 2022. HBO hide caption

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The first 'Jinx' ended with a hot mic murder admission. 'Part Two' shocks as well

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Wednesday

Michael Douglas stars as a flirty Ben Franklin in this Apple TV+ series

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Friday

A 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' appreciation, as the series comes to an end

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Thursday

Director Steven Zaillian and cinematographer Robert Elswit make the most of the Ripley's black and white aesthetic, presenting stunning images of Italian landscape. Lorenzo Sisti/Netflix hide caption

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Netflix's stylish 'Ripley' stretches the grift — and the tension — to the max

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Friday

Steve Martin documentary offers a delightful study of a relatively private man

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Monday

This compelling '3 Body Problem' is well worth your attention

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Friday

'Restless Dreams' documentary retraces Paul Simon's past, and captures his present

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Wednesday

'Manhunt' dramatizes Lincoln's assassination, and the 12-day search for his killer

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Tuesday

Jon Stewart and John Oliver return, offering voices of outrage and comic relief

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Wednesday

Carrie Preston stars an an astute but unconventional attorney in Elsbeth. Elizabeth Fisher/CBS hide caption

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In the mood for a sweet, off-beat murder mystery? 'Elsbeth' is on the case

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Tuesday

Anna Sawai plays translator Toda Mariko in the new FX series Shōgun. Katie Yu/FX hide caption

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Sex, violence, 'Game of Thrones'-style power grabs — the new 'Shōgun' has it all

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Wednesday

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Disaster follows an astronaut back to Earth in the thriller 'Constellation'

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Tuesday

As 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' enters its final season, a critic looks back on its origins

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Tuesday

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Don't miss the latest 'Feud' – between Truman Capote and NYC's society ladies

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Friday

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Spielberg and Hanks take to the World War II skies in 'Masters of the Air'

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Monday

25 years later, 'The Sopranos' remains a TV masterpiece

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Thursday

A smart new series imagines the iconic detective Sam Spade in retirement (sort of)

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