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2014
Dec
5
 
 
It will make many readers of this column feel quite old when I refer to Murphy Brown, one of the most “contemporary” comedies in television history, as a “classic.” I remember enthusiastically writing about this show whenever I was able...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Oct
20
 
 
“The Gift,” a recently repeated episode from the second season of The Waltons (seen in four-hour blocks Monday-Friday on Hallmark Channel) got me to thinking about the depiction of death in scripted television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
28
 
 
A recent viewing of an episode of The Patty Duke Show helped remind me what's happened to the power of newspapers these last 20 years or so...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jun
29
 
 
I’m noticing a significant uptick in concerned comments by television critics and bloggers about the rising tide of graphic ultra-violence in television programming. Television violence is certainly nothing new... but since when has bloodlust been so hot?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jun
3
 
 
The passing on Sunday of beloved Brady Bunch star Ann B. Davis brings all sorts of memories to mind for people lucky enough to have grown up during the Television Generation...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
May
31
 
 
The most interesting story about the fall season to come is the incredible number of superhero, fantasy and genre shows on the broadcast networks...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
2
 
 
I remember a period spanning many years when The Waltons and its characters were part of the national conversation. They were household names; their routine "good nights" to each other at the end of every episode were mimicked by adults and kids alike...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
10
 
 
Those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up as members of the television generation fondly remember the monster movie shows run by our local independent stations...  I grew up in the Tri-State area around New York...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jan
15
 
 
I can’t help but be amused when a promotional video with a running time of less than two minutes jumps out at me amid all of the extraordinary material that I have been surrounded by during the last week [at TCA]...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 now avaialble on Amazon.

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

 
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