DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

CANDACE KELLEY

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
 
TVWW Guest Contributors

2017
Jul
25
 
 
What if they threw a fundraiser and everybody came? “Take Off, Eh,” held on July 18 at Second City Toronto, featured the reunion of Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis as SCTV’s Bob & Doug McKenzie, to raise money for Jake Thomas, Dave’s nephew...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
28
 
 
[Editor's note: On occasion, we invite a former college student to write a guest column about a TV show, new or old, that resonates with him or her, and provides us insight from their younger perspective. Here's the latest occasion, from one of my best recent students, Ray Saker. - DB] 
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jun
15
 
 
Guest Contributor Nic Dobija-Nootens finds Season 5 of House of Cards an oddly welcome alternative to the dizzying and seemingly unstoppable stream of news coming from the White House...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
26
 
 
Recently, Netflix signed a $60 million deal with Dave Chappelle. The deal should have been the biggest comedy comeback of the century. Read why Guest Contributor Nic Dobija-Nootens thinks Chappelle isn’t the same comedian he was at his height of popularly with his old sketch comedy show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
15
 
 
[Editor's note: In our Student Blogs and elsewhere, we occasionally seek out the opinions of young writers and viewers, to get their perspectives on TV shows old and new. In this instance, we asked young entertainment blogger Chelsea Duff to give us her take on the CW's youth-targeted Riverdale to date -- including this week's impending episode. - David Bianculli]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Jan
31
 
 
[Editor's note: On rare occasions, I present guest blogs assigned to former students from Rowan University -- ones whose writing and perspective display exceptional potential. This latest entry comes from Valerie Balock, and is about her recent, enthusiastic discovery and embrace of Columbo, that classic 1970s TV series.... - DB]
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
17
 
 
[Editor's note: About once a year, I invite a Rowan University student whose class assignments I find exceptionally well written to contribute a blog post to TVWW, giving us a young adult's perspective on TV. This year's deserving guest columnist is Shannon Farrell -- and her subject is a 53-year-old TV series she calls "a modern Star Trek"... -- David Bianculli]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Feb
26
 
 
Read why TVWW Guest Contributor, Kevin Canfield, says Amazon's Bosch is captivating, full of wonderful characters, and worth investigating...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
27
 
 
[Ed. note: TVWW Guest contributor Marley Ghizzone, a diehard fan of the original UPN/CW Veronica Mars series, was excited by the chance to see her beloved characters revived on the big screen. Excited, but also a little apprehensive... - DB]
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
22
 
 
Moone Boy is a comic Irish series that revolves around Martin Moone (David Rawle) and his imaginary best friend Sean Murphy (Chris O’Dowd). Guest contributor Dylan Pratt says to find it on Hulu, as a special import...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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GreyWolf
I am a bit surprised that Homeland has not returned to the best lists. The last episode was really good. Perhaps not as action charging as the early seasons, but excellent television. Excellent writing and direction/editing that gave a novelistic feel and brought out top performances once again form the main actors who had faded a bit.
Mar 27, 2017   |  Reply
 
 
Mary Bolduc McKeown
Notes on "Scandal": The character Cyrus has the same name, partly, as Cyrus Gold of comic book fame, who is also the villain character Solomon Grundy. He fights the Green Lantern, at one juncture is hurled into a swamp, and absorbs chlorophyll, and at another point has temporary command of wooden objects.
May 19, 2016   |  Reply
 
 
Lynda
What's wrong with tv?? American Horror Story is awful, and I've watched every season, but all the sex had left me looking for a story there. No more. Loved Gotham, now they have added all the sex, missing the story of young Bruce Wayne. Turned it off. Watching one of my faves, Blacklist, and now they have the agents pawing each other, after its all been professional, and it adds nothing to the story.
Nov 16, 2015   |  Reply
 
 
Jim
I struggle with the title of this website, "tv worth watching." Frankly, since Breaking Bad ended, I cannot say that I have found anything on tv worth watching. Regrettably, most of the shows which are getting attention recently are almost unwatchable, but the competition is so poor, they are the best we have. If people are tuning into "American Horror Story," the paint must be dry. Please...someone...give us something worth watching.
Oct 6, 2015   |  Reply
 
 
Downton is OK, but I think the original Upstairs, Downstairs remains the crowning glory of British period soaps. I don't know whether it's b/cU/D was shot on video whil Downton is filmed, but the former seemed more intimate and powerful and was willing to take on more risky subjects.

And if the original Upstairs had included Maggie Smith, well . . .
Mar 18, 2013   |  Reply
 
 
 
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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

 
 

Books by
TVWW


 
DANGEROUSLY FUNNY:
The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

by David Bianculli

CBS' controversial '60s comedy team wasn't canceled, they were fired. The untold story is revealed in this acclaimed account based on 15 years of research and interviews.

DICTIONARY of TELELITERACY:Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses and Events
by David Bianculli

The best, the worst, the weirdest. They're all here, 500 landmarks, in a lively alphabetical trip through TV history in all its importance and inanity.

TELELITERACY:
Taking Television Seriously

by David Bianculli

Television is much more than the boob tube. Bianculli's classic argument explains why TV is a crucial medium whose wide-ranging impact deserves serious attention and respect from everyone.

TRUTH AND RUMORS:The Reality Behind TV's Most Famous Myths
by Bill Brioux

TV's most persistent rumors get thumbs up or thumbs down in this breezy and authoritative roundup, covering everything from Walter Cronkite to Joanie Loves Chachi.

 
CHRISTMAS on TELEVISION
by Diane Werts

From A Charlie Brown Christmas to The X-Files, revisit hundreds of seasonal favorites - sitcom and drama episodes, music specials, TV movies, cartoons, even commercials and - brace yourselves - The Star Wars Holiday Special.