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
May
6
 
 
Not only is this a well-timed gift for Mother’s Day, but it features one of the most iconic TV moms in history: Barbara Billingsley as  June Cleaver, the unflappable nucleus of the nuclear Cleaver household...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
29
 
 
Two years after making the disaster-movie spoof film Airplane!, Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker turned to the small screen for a weekly satire of TV detective shows. They made only six episodes before ABC canceled Police Squad!, but what an inspired, loony comedy...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
21
 
 
The amazing spirit of Boston, in the wake of the capture of the second Marathon bombing suspect, is what made me think of this series at this moment. But at any time, the complete collection of this classic 1982-1993 NBC series is worth owning...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Apr
5
 
 
Baseball is in the air, and on the sports pages, again, which is the perfect time to revisit Baseball. Ken Burns and company, after producing such superlative and exhaustive works as The Civil War, did it again with this outstanding 1994 documentary series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Mar
13
 
 
This isn’t the NBC version of the workplace mockumentary series. It’s the original British version, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant...Whether or not you’re a fan of the Americanized version, you should love this one. It’s got more laughs, better performances...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Mar
4
 
 
I’m not referring to the 2005 movie version of Douglas Adams’ giddily inventive sci-fi comedy, though that has its moments. This is the two-DVD release of the 1981 BBC-TV miniseries (imported to the U.S. soon afterward), bringing to life the same dark, hilarious plot as the BBC Radio 4 series in 1978...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
25
 
 
The UXB in the title of this 1979 British miniseries is military shorthand for “Unexploded Bomb,” and the story takes place in England in 1940..it’s The Hurt Locker for a previous generation – and just as gripping...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
17
 
 
In a few more months, this boxed set’s title no longer will be accurate, since a new collection of episodes is being produced later in 2013 for Netflix...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Feb
1
 
 
This newly remastered version of Andrew Davies’ brilliant 1990 miniseries trilogy goes on sale Feb. 5, and is the perfect companion viewing experience for those who plan to watch Netflix’s new Americanized remake (or who already have)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
23
 
 
With the PBS Nature series currently saluting natural-history TV host Sir David Attenborough with a new three-week retrospective, it’s a fine time to point out some of his best work, available at great rates on Amazon and elsewhere...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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