DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

GABRIELA TAMARIZ

Social Media Manager

Contributors

DONNA J. PLESH

GERALD JORDAN

NOEL HOLSTON

MONIQUE NAZARETH

JONATHAN STORM

P.J. BEDNARSKI

DAVID SICILIA

 
 
 
 
 
2014
Aug
20
 
 

With every episode of The Simpsons about to appear in a mega-marathon on FXX, I can’t help but think back to the series launch on Fox. Neither can my now-grown kids…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
17
 
 

What do a video streaming site, a radio website, an audio podcast, and an audio CD and YouTube clip have in common? Very little – except that today, on this site usually devoted to television, I want to write about, and lead you to, them all…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
12
 
 

Over my long career as a TV critic, I attended three standup shows at which Robin Williams performed live. I have very strong, very fond memories tied to all three…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Aug
4
 
 

My report scheduled to run today (Monday) on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross is an unusual one, covering eight decades of broadcast history. And by looking at the pictures here, you can listen along and enjoy an illustrated history…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
20
 
 

In the States, we can’t see the live telecast of Sunday’s final Monty Python stage show in London that starts any minute. But it’s coming to DVD in November – meanwhile, I attended the show earlier this week…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
20
 
 

James Garner, whose death at age 86 was just announced… leaves behind two iconic TV series roles, a handful of exceptional telemovies, and one of the most impressive resumes in TV history…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
15
 
 

Mel Brooks recently turned 88, but still juggles as many ongoing projects as Ken Burns. This month alone, he’s popping up on TCM, appearing at a Hollywood salute to Sid Caesar, and hatching plans for… well, you have to read it to believe it… [CLICK TO READ IMPORTANT UPDATE]

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
11
 
 

TV’s newest supernatural genre series, FX’s The Strain, takes on the familiar topic of vampires – but in a way that’s inventive and dazzling, as well as, yes, biting…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jul
8
 
 
This year’s World Cup has been thrilling to watch, partly because of the aggressive style of play utilized by many teams, and partly because, at so many of this year’s games, the Cup runneth over – going not only into extra time, but bonus play and shootouts. Today, the home country’s team, Brazil, fights it out with Germany. In their previous matches, Brazil eliminated the feisty Colombia, while Germany outfought and outlasted France.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jun
26
 
 

ABC’s NY Med is the type of nonfiction series that makes you appreciate life. And at the same time, it also succeeds at making you appreciate television…

 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

Dispatches From TVWW

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robin Williams: 1951-2014
By Bill Brioux
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Day in TV History