2012
Apr
13
 
 
(NPR) "Girls" has been compared to Sex and the City. The characters, played by Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet, navigate the ups and downs of life in New York City...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
30
 
 
(NPR) AMC's "The Killing" started strong, with raves from critics and an impressively loyal core of viewers. But in the final episode of the year, when it left its season-long murder mystery intentionally unresolved, most fans felt angry, even betrayed. HBO's "Game of Thrones," on the other hand, took a bit longer to get established, and to get as much attention...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
23
 
 
Yes, it was worth the wait. Absolutely. "Mad Men" returns Sunday with a two-hour season premiere — and by the time it's over, if you react the way I did, you'll be satisfied and even comforted to have spent two wonderful hours with the folks at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
16
 
 
I don't want to complain about "Frozen Planet," however, until I dish out a little praise. "Frozen Planet," which premieres this Sunday on the Discovery Channel, is the kind of program that television was made for — and, even more certainly, the kind that modern TV was made for...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
8
 
 
(NPR) There are times when TV dramas about national politics and politicians deserve criticism, even ridicule, for their fast-and-loose narratives and characterizations. But "Game Change" — HBO's new take on the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign — is entertaining and commendable precisely because it stays so close to the facts, not because it strays from them...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
6
 
 
(NPR) William Shatner has played an attorney, a starship captain, an alien and a Roman tax collector, among many other roles. Over the past half-century, the Canadian actor has performed on television, in commercials, in movies and on Broadway. He recently returned to Broadway for the first time in over 40 years with a new solo show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Mar
1
 
 
(NPR) The premise of NBC's new detective series, Awake, is about as high-concept as it gets. Jason Isaacs, one of the leads of Showtime's "Brotherhood," stars as Michael Britten, who survives a horrible car crash intact. Well, his body is intact — but his mind, or at least his subconscious, is split...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Feb
24
 
 
(NPR) The Singing Detective is the story of a writer of pulp-fiction novels, hospitalized for a horrible skin condition that has his entire body flaking and raw, and his mind slipping in and out of fever dreams.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Sep
29
 
 
(CNN) -- The name of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surfaced once again in the national news this week...but he got even more attention on his own by heading straight to the "Jersey Shore" -- the TV show...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Dec
1
 
 
Six months after the tragic events of 9/11, at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, five defiantly outspoken performers were saluted for their often costly efforts to exercise their First Amendment rights as comedians...Significantly, the Smothers Brothers received their Freedom of Speech Award from comic David Steinberg, whose controversial mock sermons on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour played a key part in having that variety show yanked and the brothers fired...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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