DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

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LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

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JONATHAN STORM

 
 
2012
Dec
27
 
 
After I retired from all-hours television monitoring, I decided to try to get by somehow, some way, with just basic cable. And I even have a Top 10 for the year...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Dec
1
 
 
It was November, 2004 when I met Larry Hagman for coffee at a rather nice Manhattan hotel. It was probably the most intimate moment I ever had interviewing a celebrity...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
29
 
 
Two and a Half Men finally made me laugh. Well, OK, the half man did. It was a first, and as a much-appreciated bonus, I didn’t even have to watch the show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Nov
21
 
 
It’s hard to imagine laugh lines that flip about abortion in a prime-time entertainment show today, but Maude’s most famous episode actually aired without creating a huge stir in November 1972...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Oct
9
 
 
Jon Gnagy was a TV star before Lucy, before Berle, before Kukla, Fran or Ollie. A self-taught artist, he decided teaching was his true calling, and television was the ideal classroom...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Sep
27
 
 
For kids and teenagers of the time, it was Andy Williams' TV show, not his Billboard charters, that mattered...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jul
5
 
 
Andy Griffith played kind, gentle men so well and so often over the course of his six decades in show business that his occasional visits to the dark side were all the more electrifying...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
3
 
 
All the hoo-hah about Hatfields & McCoys got me thinking about Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy. History Channel’s hit miniseries may well be the most accurate take on the notorious rivalry, but Mirandy is surely the funniest...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
16
 
 
About this time a year ago, I watched Patrick Jane shoot and kill a man who claimed to be his nemesis — and like millions of fans of CBS’s The Mentalist, I was left wondering how creator Bruno Heller and his writers could keep Jane out of prison...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
4
 
 
Should we paying more attention to America's tradition of self-defense and vigilantism, and how it's being celebrated by popular entertainment?
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post