DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

MIKE HUGHES

GARY EDGERTON

ROGER CATLIN

KIM AKASS

GERALD JORDAN

MONIQUE NAZARETH

TOM BRINKMOELLER

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
2019
Nov
14
 
 
Eight years ago, I wheedled and finagled to land a phone interview with Dick Cavett, one that produced two TV Worth Watching stories...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Oct
31
 
 
It has been a long time since I watched a television news program...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Mar
2
 
 
Some people who have followed the America’s Test Kitchen public television series over the past 16 seasons or so may have a high-school flashback while watching the current season: The regular teacher didn’t show up...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Feb
10
 
 
I watch a lot of cooking shows, so it’s time to list some of the foolishness that parades through many of the commercial and non-commercial cooking programs that over-populate our TV set...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
30
 
 
I didn’t house the work I have done for TV Worth Watching under the “Raised on MTM” roof without reason. So much of what I consider valuable about television has its roots in Grant Tinker...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Nov
24
 
 
There are many awful necessities in life; among them are: Cutting grass, raking leaves, shoveling snow and enduring PBS pledge drives... But there’s an exception to that rule coming soon that will envelope most of the PBS universe...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
2
 
 
By definition, PBS' Antiques Roadshow doesn't have near the antiquity to make it the very thing it spotlights... But in television timelines, the 20th Antiques Roadshow season makes it a rare video survivor, a collectable on many a DVR...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
17
 
 
Imagine, if you will, a major U.S. city where, as in most cities, there is a public-television station. But one thing is different: it doesn't pull the plug on those fine shows several times a year and plead for money endlessly for days...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Dec
5
 
 
As a former smoker, I can tell you that what once was acceptable, then shown to be a tar-and-nicotine-paved path to no good, is a tough and awful habit to break...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
27
 
 
Despite its name, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol rarely has inspired a lot of song. Ebenezer Scrooge's grumpy demeanor prompts feelings of melodrama, not melody...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Tom Brinkmoeller

I wrote about television for a daily newspaper (The Cincinnati Enquirer) in the '80s, but what drew me to covering it was how good this young medium so often was. So much of what was good then came from MTM Enterprises and its alumni. When I left the beat, MTM was still setting high standards with drama series like St. Elsewhere and comedies like Newhart. Because general TV standards have dropped a great distance since then, it's no reason to capitulate. My role here is to find and spotlight programming that still honors high standards.
 
 
 
 
 

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