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HILL STREET BLUES May 11, 1987
May 9, 2012  | By David Bianculli
 
After supplying reviews for two years on the local version of Fresh Air in Philadelphia, this was my first TV review for the nationally broadcast NPR version – included as part of the opening-day broadcast. On May 11, 2012, NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross celebrates its 25th anniversary. Note, if you will, that I didn’t even include a clip, just the theme music. (What a missed opportunity.) Notice, too, that I sound clipped and stiff and drained of all emotion, like Jack Webb on elephant tranquilizers. But I stand by my review, which pinpoints what Hill Street did right, and wrong – and notes that, by the time it ended, Hill Street already had been eclipsed by other, better quality TV shows.





 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: An advance copy of David’s upcoming book from Doubleday has just arrived! The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available on Amazon for pre-order for its November 15th release. You can read some of the dustcover summary here, including: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television,…he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series and the variety show. David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, including exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.” —TVWW

 

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