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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Television
12:08 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

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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Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 4:55 pm

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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Television
2:03 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

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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Television
3:01 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

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Television
1:10 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

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

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Television
12:25 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:20 am

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Television
1:22 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

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

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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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Television
2:25 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

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

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Television
1:55 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

New Frank Sinatra Documentary Charts His Professional Ups And Downs

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Television
1:53 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

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

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Television
1:11 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

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