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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'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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HBO's 'Lovecraft Country' Puts A Bold New Spin On The Works Of A Horror Legend

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'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Sketches Out Life In The Bottom Berths Of The Starship

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'Muppets Now' Proves: It's Not Easy To Capture The Old Muppet Magic

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Remembering Regis Philbin, Prolific Talk And Game Show Personality

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Peacock, NBC's New Streaming Service, Isn't Quite Must-See TV

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Seamless And Moving, 'Hamilton' Streaming Works Stunningly Well

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'Perry Mason' Reboot Reimagines The Original Aggressively — And Effectively

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3 New Options Enhance The Spectrum Of TV Viewing Opportunities

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Stephen Sondheim's Star-Studded 90th Birthday Salute Made For Perfect TV

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In the Amazon Prime series Upload, Nathan Brown (Robbie Amell) has died in a freak accident and his wealthy girlfriend has paid to have his memories and personality uploaded into a lookalike avatar. Aaron Epstein /Amazon Prime Video hide caption

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Inventive New Comedy 'Upload' Explores (Virtual) Life After Death

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Remembering Tony Award-Winning Character Actor Brian Dennehy

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On Showtime, 'Homeland' Bids Adieu, While 'Penny Dreadful' Marks Its Return

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