No, you're not imagining things...that's an actual seal giving the "thumbs up" in our new TV Worth Watching® Seal of Approval!! (Inside his very own TVWW lifesaver.) OK, so maybe we're walking on our hands here, but we have tons of recommendations of the best that TV has to offer. And after 35 years of separating the minnows from the big ones, that's an impressive kettle of fish...


2013
Nov
22
 
 
Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, it seems like the appropriate time to add, to our all-time TVWW Seal of Approval list,  this NBC miniseries, broadcast 20 years after that fateful event...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
11
 
 
I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But planning ahead can get you this vintage, charming TV animated musical special in plenty of time to give as a gift for the holidays – and given the absurdly cheap price, you may want to stock up...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
28
 
 
The 2013 in the title refers to this new release by Lionsgate, which packages this classic Sixties British series in a very affordable new reissue...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Sep
3
 
 
In fewer than six months – specifically, on Feb. 9, 2014 – it will be 50 years since The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. That appearance was the most-watched TV event up to that time, with 86 percent of all American TVs in use and tuned to CBS...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Aug
19
 
 
This 1978 NBC telemovie, produced by Lorne Michaels and conceived, written and co-directed by Eric Idle, was a rockumentary spoof long before This is Spinal Tap!...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
22
 
 
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, in the way they filmed I Love Lucy, changed Hollywood. But it’s still the comedy they left behind that impresses the most: And it’s all here, from candy conveyer belts to Vitameatavegamin...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jul
8
 
 
The original release of this set was packaged in a tiny replica of a filing cabinet. Now in a more standard (and less expensive) issue, it’s still a keeper. It’s also still one of the best cop series ever made...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jun
19
 
 
The Writers Guild of America just voted The Twilight Zone Number 3 on its list of all-time best-written TV series... For a series that launched in 1959 to rank so highly on the list hints at just how good, and how continually resonant, Rod Serling’s superlative TV anthology series really is...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jun
12
 
 
Tony Kushner, who also wrote the screenplay for Lincoln, adapted his own seminal Broadway play about the AIDS crisis into this impeccable, emotional 2003 HBO multi-part epic...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
May
14
 
 
My kids grew up devouring this series, which began on Showtime from 1982, the year my daughter, Kristin, was born. Her brother, Mark, followed in 1984, and by the time Faerie Tale Theatre was over in 1987, both of them could quote from entire episodes verbatim...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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

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Ray Donovan: Season One

The Liev Schrieber series is now back on Showtime for its fifth season and one thing is certain – no matter how bad the jam is, Ray, a Hollywood fixer for stars and crooks alike, finds an inventive way out. Created by Southland writer Ann Biderman, Ray Donovan has the similar emotional stakes and gravitas of that series, all starting with the release from prison of Ray’s father Mickey, a Whitey Bulger doppelganer. Things come unglued from there and season one sets Ray’s house of cards in motion. On sale at Amazon for under $12. –Eric Gould