DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

Social Media Manager

Contributors

DONNA J. PLESH

JONATHAN STORM

MONIQUE NAZARETH

NOEL HOLSTON

DAVID SICILIA

P.J. BEDNARSKI

GERALD JORDAN

 
 
 
 
 
2014
Apr
11
 
 

AMC’s Mad Men returns this weekend, starting its final season with an episode that arrives with lots of restrictions about what critics can and can’t say about it…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
10
 
 

CBS took only a week to announce David Letterman’s successor – Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Smart move for CBS, but a risky one for Colbert…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
4
 
 

On Thursday’s Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, its veteran host announced plans to retire in 2015. He gave his reasons, but I suspect one or two others…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Apr
3
 
 

On Sunday, HBO brings back Game of Thrones and Veep and unveils its newest series, Silicon Valley. In addition to the same night of TV, they have something else in common...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
15
 
 

The latest batch of novelistic suspense series, from Fox’s Following to CBS’s Hostages, quickly sank into either excess or absurdity. NBC’s new Crisis, though, shows real promise…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Mar
9
 
 
When Carl Sagan’s Cosmos burst onto the scene in 1980, it stunned everyone with the popularity of its very serious TV subject. Now it’s back, with the best possible 2.0 host for a new generation…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
25
 
 

No, it hasn’t been 50 years since TV Worth Watching started handing out Seals of Approval to DVD collections of TV’s best shows. But we’ve just awarded #50...

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
24
 
 
This six-minute video isn’t a history of hand puppets on TV, though that would be fun, too. It’s a history of TV presented by hand puppets from the Glove and Boots puppet web series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
16
 
 

Jimmy Fallon was born Sept. 19, 1974 – 20 years after the premiere of NBC’s Tonight Show, and one year before the premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Fifteen years ago, he joined the cast of SNL. Monday night, he takes over The Tonight Show…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
12
 
 
Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at age 91, was the driving engine behind NBC’s original “Saturday night live’’ – a show that has had as great an impact on popular culture as the current SNL…
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

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