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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Remembering Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Famously Portrayed Mark Twain

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The Lady and the Dale tells the true story of Elizabeth Carmichael, an automobile executive who introduced a bold new three-wheel car in the 1970s. Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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'Lady And The Dale,' A 4-Part Series About A 3-Wheeled Car, Is A Wild Ride

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'WandaVision' Is A Riddle Wrapped In A Mystery — Disguised As A TV Show

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The Insurrection At The Capitol Is A TV Event That Will Live In History

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Ted Danson plays a retired millionaire who becomes mayor of Los Angeles in Mr. Mayor. Mitchell Haddad/NBC hide caption

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As 'Mr. Mayor,' Ted Danson Sustains His Stellar Sitcom Streak

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(Clockwise from upper left) Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek, Leslie Odom Jr. in Hamilton, Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen's Gambit, Jurnee Smollett in Lovecraft Country, Sacha Baron Cohen in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, and Kristen Bell in The Good Place. Pop TV, Disney , Phil Bray/Netflix, Eli Joshua Ade /HBO, Amazon Studios, Colleen Hayes/NBC hide caption

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Best TV Of 2020: Great Shows Brought Us Together In A Difficult, Distanced Year

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'Your Honor' Captures A Horrifying Spiral Of Accidents — And Consequences

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Carol Burnett On Her Signature Ear Pull And Accessing A Wide Audience

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Secrets And Betrayals Upend A Seemingly Perfect Life In 'The Undoing'

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'The Trial Of The Chicago 7' Is Passionate, Political — And Uncannily Pertinent

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Showtime's series, The Comedy Store, is more than just a history of the Sunset Strip club; it's also a history of modern comedy. Showtime hide caption

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Hysterical And Historical 'Comedy Store' Takes You Inside The LA Stand-Up Scene

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Chris Rock is the head of the new gang trying to gain power in Kansas City, Mo., in the fourth season of Fargo. Elizabeth Morris/FX hide caption

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'Fargo' Season 4 Is As Good As It Gets — Again

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'Ratched' Gives A First Name — And A Backstory — To The Iconic 'Cuckoo's Nest' Nurse

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'The Sit-In' Revisits A Landmark Week With Harry Belafonte As 'Tonight Show' Host

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'Women Make Film' Shines A Long Overdue Spotlight On Female Filmmakers

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