DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

DAVID SICILIA

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2016
May
17
 
 
Richard Boone starred in three major TV series in the 1950s and 1960s, and all of them were noteworthy and unusual. Medic (1054-56) was one of TV’s first medical series, and The Richard Boone Show (1963-64) was a bold experiment, a repertory company anthology show, decades ahead of the likes of American Horror Story. And in between those two series, from 1957-63, was CBS’s Have Gun – Will Travel, a moody, moral, menacing Western...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
16
 
 

For the coming season, Fox, for the first time in many years without American Idol, is continuing its strategy of backloading the season…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
16
 
 

The first two networks revealing their plans for the fall 2016 share an autumnal austerity. NBC, like Fox, is unveiling markedly few new series for this fall. Three, to be exact…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
18
 
 

This is the first blog I’ve written for TVWW this year – because I just finished the rough manuscript on my next book, due to be published in November by Doubleday. And I need your help, because it needs a new subtitle…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Feb
8
 
 
When my daughter, Kristin, was very young, one of the first (and then only) things we let her watch on TV was PBS’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, because it was so positive, safe, and lovingly interactive...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
28
 
 
This is a TV comedy series about high school, putting it in the same continuum as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Gidget, Square Pegs, My So-Called Life and The Wonder Years. It lasted only one season, but it’s a very important part of that continuum...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
31
 
 

The U.S. Postal Service waited until the end of 2015 to announce its stamp roster for 2016, but one set of stamps deserves immediate special attention on TVWW. It’s a stylishly designed quartet of stamps devoted to the golden anniversary of Star Trek…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
24
 
 

It’s that time of the year: holiday visits and visitors, annual Top 10 TV lists, and, tonight on NPR’s Fresh Air, my end-of-2015 debriefing with Terry Gross. Lists, links and holiday greetings follow…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
23
 
 
(From NPR) When it came to new programming, broadcast TV didn't impress critic David Bianculli much this year. But if you add in cable and streaming services, then the story changes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
16
 
 
With the new Star Wars hitting theaters (perhaps you’ve heard?), there’s no better time to revisit what I consider the funniest Star Wars lampoon of all time, hands down. Or paws down, since it involves Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the acerbic canine puppet alter ego of comedian and writer Robert Smigel. In May 2002, upon the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

Behind David in the picture is the first TV owned by his father, Virgil Bianculli, a 1946 Raytheon. (The TV, not his father. His father was a 1923 Italian.) David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, including a 14-year stint at the New York Daily News, and sees no reason to stop now. Currently, he's TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and is an occasional substitute host for that show. He also teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University, and his most recent book, 2009's Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour',has recently been purchased for film rights. His next, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, is coming this fall, 2016.

 
 

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 under $20.

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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