DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

Contributors

ALEX STRACHAN

MIKE HUGHES

KIM AKASS

MONIQUE NAZARETH

ROGER CATLIN

GARY EDGERTON

TOM BRINKMOELLER

GERALD JORDAN

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
2021
Feb
17
 
 
Initially, David's involuntary break from Best Bets was ordered for just a few days; unfortunately, the time has been extended.If all goes well, Best Bets should return in about a week. In the meantime, the producer/director of Best TV Tomorrow, Larry Siegel, is now the show's interim host. We think he's doing a great job, so please be sure to take a look!We ask for your continued patience and offer our deepest apologies. Thank you!
 
 
 
  
 
 
2021
Feb
2
 
 
Today, on the day that Hal Holbrook’s Jan. 23 death at age 95 was revealed, PBS held a video press conference for Hemingway, the latest film by Ken Burns and company. I asked Burns to comment on Holbrook, who was the key ingredient in his fabulous 2001 documentary about another seminal American writer, Mark Twain…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Nov
8
 
 

Rebuilding Paradise, directed by Ron Howard and premiering tonight at 9 ET on National Geographic Channel, is a wonderful documentary and an inspirational true-life story – but doesn’t begin like one. It begins like a wildly intense horror film…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Jun
23
 
 
American Masters premiered on PBS on this day in 1986...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
May
27
 
 
In tonight’s episode, Nadja and Lazslo venture into a dangerous new environment: open mic night at a local nightclub. And the two vampire lovers have an old musical number they’re dusting off for the occasion… "You're So Vein," perhaps?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Mar
16
 
 
The pandemic has affected all our lives, as we strive to avoid catching and spreading the virus. And as more people stay home to avoid crowds and contact, TV and binge viewing become more prominent options. TV Worth Watching, so far as it can, would like to help…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2020
Jan
9
 
 
I’m not reviewing what I consider tomorrow’s best TV show, but I have a good excuse. In fact, I have a great excuse. It was co-written, and co-developed and executive produced, by my son, Mark…
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Dec
5
 
 

TCM has no problem establishing itself as the best movie network. But every once in a while, it branches out into what might as well be called Turner Classic Television, by unearthing a long-lost TV treasure. Here comes another one…

 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Sep
28
 
 
And Our Friends Are All Aboard– On the week and month that Abbey Roadis re-released on its golden anniversary, it doesn't seem that improper to go from golden to yellow...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2019
Aug
6
 
 
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: You’ve seen the movie. You’ve heard the soundtrack. You’ve even heard Joni Mitchell’s anthemic account of the seminal music and arts fair held in August 1969 in Bethel, NY. So why watch a new account, one that’s less about performance footage and more about the recorded music and national mood of the period? Because the perspective here is informative, and relatively clear-eyed. It also adds new elements to the story, such as the surprising fac
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

David Bianculli

Founder / Editor

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's also an author and teaches TV and film history at New Jersey's Rowan University. His 2009 Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour', has been purchased for film rights. His latest, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific, is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV.

 
 
 
 

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