DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

KARLE DUNBAR

Social Media Manager

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

GERALD JORDAN

ROGER CATLIN

GARY EDGERTON

CANDACE KELLEY

TOM BRINKMOELLER

MONIQUE NAZARETH

DAVID SICILIA

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

NOEL HOLSTON

JONATHAN STORM

 
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2016
Apr
10
 
 
Starz’s steamy new series The Girlfriend Experience works hard to rebrand the ancient tradition of men paying women for sex. And why not? Finding a genteel name for that practice is almost as time-honored a tradition as the practice itself...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
9
 
 
Caitriona Balfe gets to slip into some spectacular embroidered gowns in the new season of Starz’s Outlander. More impressive, that’s not how she steals the show.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
8
 
 
When Caitriona Balfe signed up to play Claire Randall in Outlander three years ago, she was asked if, by the way, she was prepared to have her life changed...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
6
 
 
It’s almost as if the Vikings wanted to drive archeologists and historians nuts. Starting more than a thousand years ago, they sailed all over the known world and then found a few worlds that hadn’t been known, at least to Europeans...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
5
 
 

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen the Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, you may not want to read on.] This may sound unkind, but watching millions of impassioned Walking Dead fans plunge into a collective state of Stage 4 apoplexy has been as much fun as the show itself...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
5
 
 
A few wishful references to the contrary, the 1950s Australian drama A Place to Call Home won’t make heartbroken fans forget Downton Abbey. But it’s worth watching all on its own...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
4
 
 
The Detectorists achieves that rarest of all television distinctions: It’s not like anything else on the air. It’s a British comedy about two middle-aged guys whose passion is metal detecting. How often can you ever say that about a TV show?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
3
 
 

You could look at The Story of God With Morgan Freeman as a sequel to The Bucket List. Smashing up expensive racing cars with Jack Nicholson is fun and all that, but what happens, you know, next?...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Apr
1
 
 
When they trace the impressive ascent of Netflix into the mainstream of original television productions, The Ranch will not be a major milestone...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
31
 
 
The television incarnation of Rush Hour, like the hit film, gives us just as much cop story as it needs to tie the laughs together...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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 now available in paperback for under $15. 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. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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