David Bianculli

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 three books: 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).

An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine, TVWorthWatching.com.

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1:18pm

Wed July 1, 2015
Television

From SCOTUS To The Confederate Flag, Cable Comedians Keep Tabs On The News

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 1:31 pm

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1:38pm

Wed June 17, 2015
Television

HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 5:55 pm

In Ballers, Dwayne Johnson (left) plays an ex-Dolphin who is trying to make the transition from pro football player to financial planner for wealthy athletes. His boss is played by Rob Corddry, from The Daily Show.
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Last weekend, HBO presented the season finales of its three Sunday night prime-time spring series, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep. This weekend, HBO unveils its new Sunday night lineup: the all-new second season of True Detective, and two new comedies, Ballers, starring Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as the wrestler called The Rock, and The Brink, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black.

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3:03pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Television

Are DVD Box Sets A Dying Business? Studios Hope The Answer Is 'Not Yet'

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This is FRESH AIR. Our TV critic, David Bianculli, has a review of several recently released big DVD box sets. He says there are reasons to grab them now while you can.

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4:01pm

Thu May 21, 2015
Television

Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

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2:10pm

Mon May 18, 2015
Television

The 'Mad Men' Ending: A 'Twisted' And 'Perfect' Conclusion

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 5:36 pm

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1:25pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Television

Last Days Of Dave: Paying Homage To Letterman's Weird And Quirky Legacy

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 10:20 am

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2:05pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Television

'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:22 pm

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This is FRESH AIR. The TV series "Justified" ended its run on the FX cable network last night. Our TV critic, David Bianculli, couldn't wait to talk about it, so here he is.

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3:25pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Television

'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded

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2:50pm

Wed April 1, 2015
Television

New Frank Sinatra Documentary Charts His Professional Ups And Downs

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 2:55 pm

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2:53pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Television

James Corden Hits Late-Night TV With His Own Skill Set And Mindset

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2:11pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Television

Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

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2:19pm

Wed March 4, 2015
Television

'American Crime' And 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Highlight The TV Revolution

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 2:20 pm

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2:39pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Television

'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:28 pm

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2:07pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Television

New Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' From Canada Is A Reboot Of 'Green Acres'

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2:12pm

Wed February 4, 2015
Television

'Better Call Saul,' The Prequel To 'Breaking Bad,' Stands On Its Own

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 4:35 pm

On Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk plays Jimmy McGill, a fast-talking, struggling public defender who decides to remake himself as Saul Goodman, a lawyer specializing in representing unabashed criminals.
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I'm guessing that the first thing fans of Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad want to know is whether its AMC prequel series, Better Call Saul, premiering Sunday and Monday, is anywhere near as good as the original — which was TV at its very best. And I'm also guessing that people who haven't yet worked their way through Breaking Bad -- and, really, by now, why haven't you? — are wondering whether they can enjoy this new series without having absorbed the old one.

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