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

 
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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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
8
 
 
This year’s scheduled musical performers include Selena Gomez and Ellie Goulding, and the Victoria’s Secret models this year include first-timer Gigi Hadid. She’s pictured here, for identification purposes – but personally, I only watch these Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show specials for the articles.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
3
 
 

You might expect a Christmas special by Bill Murray to be an entertaining mixture of songs, comedy and special guests – and his new Netflix special is precisely that. But his A Very Murray Christmas is unexpected in at least one respect: It’s irony-free…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
28
 
 

This time of year, what do The Great American Dream Machine, Better Call Saul and dozens of other great DVD boxed sets have in common? They’re all gift suggestions from myself, here or on NPR’s Fresh Air, or from other TVWW editors and writers…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
20
 
 

The best new series of the year is about to drop on Amazon Friday, with every episode of Season 1 available at once: The Man in the High Castle, based on the Philip K. Dick novel…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
6
 
 
I’ve been waiting for a collection of this groundbreaking 1971-72 PBS series to be released on home video for decades – ever since I bought my first Sony Betamax in 1977. Well, it took a while, but here it is...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Oct
19
 
 

One of the best bits to date from CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert will be repeated Tuesday: Kevin Spacey’s literally poetic salute to Carol Burnett. And I recently got the whole behind-the-scenes story, from both Burnett and Spacey themselves…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
30
 
 

It’s official: The best TV Christmas special ever made is being turned into a series of holiday postage stamps, and you can preorder them now. Should you? Good grief, yes!...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
27
 
 

Everybody Loves Raymond co-creator Phil Rosenthal’s new TV series isn’t a sitcom – it’s a travel and food show. But it’s funnier than most sitcoms, and just might contain the secret to world peace…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Sep
22
 
 

ABC’s The Muppets, which launches Tuesday night at 8 ET, is the best new show of the fall season – and the best Muppet show since the syndicated The Muppet Show in 1976….

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 $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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