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

 
 
 
 
 
2017
May
2
 
 
Victorian Slum House might be best called a hybrid between a PBS documentary and the PBS version of reality television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
30
 
 
[Warning: contains possible spoilers from previously aired episodes.] ABC’s American Crime has added another superlative to its resume this spring...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
26
 
 
If you can stand one more trip into the dystopian future, The Handmaid’s Tale offers a disturbing and powerful voyage...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
25
 
 
There are two ways to look at NBC’s new sitcom Great News...The first is that it’s Groundhog Day...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
24
 
 
Have a good chuckle if you will, lads and lassies, at the idea of an Irish Western...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
23
 
 
A quarter century after the Rodney King verdict sent Los Angeles up in flames, fully sorting out that tragedy remains a job above the pay grade of mortals...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
21
 
 
A lot of troubled TV cops start to soften a little around the third season. Not Harry Bosch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
20
 
 
Hisham Tawfiq admits he didn’t originally want his bodyguard character Dembe Zuma on The Blacklist to be the strong, silent type...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
19
 
 
There are no accidents in the tragicomic events that shape each season of FX’s Fargo, and it’s probably also no accident that each year the show delivers a female star off whom we cannot take our eyes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Apr
19
 
 
One of the great frustrations in discussing the Holocaust is that the numbers quickly become so large they often begin to feel abstract...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

David Hinckley

David Hinckley first grasped the power of television when, at the age of 8, he bullied his parents into buying a basset hound like Cleo on The People’s Choice. He named her Cleo. Somewhat more recently, he worked for 35 years at The New York Daily News, the last seven covering television.

 
 

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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