DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

Social Media Manager

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

Contributors

NOEL HOLSTON

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

JONATHAN STORM

DONNA J. PLESH

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2015
Apr
18
 
 

The Peabody Awards are doing a lot of things differently this year – but one constant is the impressive, almost amazing, tastefulness with which it doles out its annual honors…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
3
 
 

HBO is on an amazing run right now with its documentaries. First Jinxed about Robert Durst, then the Scientology report Going Clear, and now, a new, excellent Frank Sinatra bio…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Mar
23
 
 
Speaking of Grey Gardens, tonight TCM presents a special lineup in tribute to the late Albert Maysles, who, with his brother David, made a series of pioneering documentaries – three of which are shown tonight. The evening begins with 1976’s Grey Gardens, their chillingly bizarre, intimate and unforgettable portrait of the mother and daughter, relatives of Jackie Kennedy, who later were reimagined in a docudrama, played by Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Mar
23
 
 

UPDATE: Fresh Air opening-night review link included inside...The latest new entry in TV’s late-night landscape arrives tonight – and like his The Late Late Show predecessor on CBS, he arrives straight from the U.K., with his own ideas about how to host…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Mar
9
 
 

The excellent 2012 French series Les Revenants, imported by Sundance Channel and translated as The Returned, now returns as an American remake – with much of the subtlety tossed away from the very start…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Mar
1
 
 

Battle Creek, the new CBS cop series from Vince Gilligan and David Shore, isn’t like any of the network’s other crime shows. It’s lighter… and better…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Feb
14
 
 

NBC celebrates 40 years of Saturday Night Live with a massive live TV special Sunday. It arrives seven months early, but it’s indeed something to celebrate – especially for me…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Feb
12
 
 

To date, TV Worth Watching has actively backed only one Kickstarter campaign – LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow revival. Now there’s another: a long-simmering documentary on Kurt Vonnegut…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Feb
4
 
 

Better Call Saul, AMC’s prequel series to its brilliant Breaking Bad, arrives Sunday and Monday with a two-part premiere. Like its mother ship, it’s a ride you owe it to yourself to take…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jan
31
 
 

Saturday night at 9 ET, HBO presents Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen, which is his third TV special for the network, but the first one in his entire career where he’s doing standup. So why now, at age 88?...

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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.  He's currently at work on another.

 
 
 
 

This Day in TV History

1990: 'Wings' Takes Off
By Christy Slewinski