WEDNESDAY
MARCH 31
2021

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

I’m not likening the end of TVWW’s 14-year run to the end of life as we knew it… Where daily newspapers and magazines were once the nexus of TV criticism, it seems fair to say this is another reminder that a torch is passing...(continued)
 
  
 
 

I did not have a TV when I grew up. The family moved from city to city, country to country — a life on the road, constantly on the move. I have vague recollections of Doctor Who playing — in flickering black-and-white — in a tiny room in a tiny house during one early childhood memory, but I don't remember much about it, except that I'm pretty sure that incarnation of the Doctor was played by Jon Pertwee and I was terrified of the Daleks...(continued)
 
  
 
 

By now, way too many TV memories are taking up space in my mind.

They leave little room for anything else, except movie plots and Cubs' batting averages. But one vivid memory is basic – a show in which a man simply played records...(continued)
 
  
 
 

There has never been a showcase for smart television criticism quite like TVWW...I may never have to get used to a world without I Love Lucy, but I can't say the same about TVWW. I'm going to have to get used to that. Sort of...(continued)
 
  
 
 

For me, David Bianculli on "Best TV Tomorrow" was TV Worth Watching. 

It was fun streaming along, seeing if David knew what day it was, watching him build to a terrible pun. Every show ending with that Mickey Rooney grin. It was a minute or two with a friend, delivered every day to my inbox. For free!...(continued)

 

 

 
  
 
 
 
 
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Ben Dover
Kellby,

Please, don't quit your day job! LOL!
May 11, 2022   |  Reply
 
 
kellby kitson
hi my name is kellby kitson and I have a tv show idea called the wizard of pause cause zone, and it's about wondering if your own world is going to end or not?. and structure like the movie the wizard of oz, but it's like goosebumps meets are you afraid of the dark? and makes stranger things.
May 10, 2022   |  Reply
 
 
kellby kitson
hi my name is kellby kitson and I have a idea for entertainment,

-Facebook explains it all- what it means is everything that's going on and your trying to make a point of a whole situation this represents everything in common, and Facebook is just an example.

-in my life- this is for music and maybe film but I think everything artist should use this topic to create songs eventually and for more detail look at a song from Scarface called on my block.
May 5, 2022   |  Reply
 
 
Ben Dover
Please, please, please come back David. We need show recommendations, not bendera bendera bendera bendera bendera drivel!
May 4, 2022   |  Reply
 
 
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Apr 22, 2022   |  Reply
 
 
Ben Dover
Please come back Dave. I enjoy your occasional segments on Fresh Air, but I miss your daily guidance
Feb 17, 2022   |  Reply
 
 
Leila L'Abate
Deeply enjoying "Sense8." I faithfully watched almost every show in Bianculli's Best Bets, but somehow missed this treasure.

One cannot stress the word "ambitious" enough, with 8 different casts in eight different countries, beautiful cinematography, flooded with light in some scenes, dimmed in darkness in others. Beautifully wide outside vistas and claustrophobic insides...Very colorful world-wide every-episode opening montage that tells us "mind the gap," and "kindness is sexy" painted on signs, telling us two major themes...The characters and this series end up trying to make a difference in the world, speaking and showing us against its greed, wealthy entitlement, narrow-mindedness and cruelty, and sticking up for kindness, care, LGBTQ, poor folks, and diverse folks...

The writing brims with as many ideas as the Matrix movies, and with many societal, mystical, and political ideas that never feel too heavy-handed, but personal...

Mind this show!
Jan 27, 2022   |  Reply
 
 
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Jan 18, 2022   |  Reply
 
 
Phillip R. Crabb
Dave, I wish you were still here…

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is being broadcast tonight…the Monday BEFORE Thanksgiving. How many times over the years have we lamented over the complete lack of timing for these multi-generational Christmas classics….

Someone is in charge, once again, who has no sense of tradition. They have mailed it in.

Oh, the humanity…

Phil
Franklin, NJ
Nov 23, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
bharatkhabar
Thank you so much for sharing such a informative and useful blog post. I hope that you and your family will good. I really appreciate you
and your blog post. I like your informative blog. And I wish that you will be sharing this such as informative and motivational blog
as in future

Thank you
Sep 27, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Ben Dover
I have a deal for you David: come back to maintaining this site, but only update with a few recommendations, once per week. In exchange for doing this I promise to never criticize any of your choices. :-)
Aug 17, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Sandra Dandrade
David:
If you are out there.. how are you feeling? Your many fans (myself and my hubby included) miss you and are concerned about you.. Saludos
Aug 1, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Bridget
Reply to Mary Hagen's 6/22/21 post: That show was "Us" - originally broadcast as 4 pts on BBC, aired as 2 pts on PBS in June. Rather sweet story of the end of a marriage ... many of us might NOT relate to sweetness in those circumstances, but I enjoyed a look at how other people break up. :)
Jul 31, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Ben Dover
Me too Mila!

Please come back David, we miss and need you!
Jul 29, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Mila
I still keep checking in from time to time hoping this was all some horrible mistake and David will be back telling me what to watch this evening. Good luck and Godspeed, my friend. My life is a little emptier without your daily recommendations.
Jul 14, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Mary Hagan
We started watching a story of the end of a marriage and the decision to go to Europe with their teenage son as had been planned. Can’t find it again. It was not an American-made movie. Does that ring a distant bell. Just watched it last night.
Jun 22, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Stacey Elise Caplin
HELP. There was this phenome of a part fantasy part world building. I must have found it roughly three months ago. Not quite "cartoon" definitely not anime. Summation of what I have seen in the first episode a gifted girl heads out (obvi) to save her world. The production and dialogue far surpassed any T.V show (and so comforting) I have seen recently. I do not engage with cartoons. I am at a loss of where I even discovered it. I have spent time that I could have written the great American novel searching for this show. It is also perfect summer fare. Any help or suggestions on how to narrow my searches would be so appreciated. I do not even recall the network, I do vye for it toreturn into my life.
Jun 17, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Mary B.
SNL skit showing "NYU" students doing a weak job interviewing "Roommates" wasn't their best. Maimed by overkill shot-taking, ham-handed and stuffed with race-baiting, straight-baiting ...
May 23, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Robert Prestifilippo
David, Enjoyed seeing you on CNN's "The Story of Late Night" this passed Sunday night. You looked healthy and your wisdom is always welcome. Hopefully, we'll get to see you in future episodes. With luck they won't be preempted by BREAKING NEWS, which occurred too often in the past.
May 4, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
Bridget
For TCM fans who might have missed Mon 5/3/21 replay of Alec Baldwin's 2014 interview of Robert Osborne in honor of RO's birthday, they announced the launch of a new American Film Institute sub-site called The Robert Osborne Collection which has videos of RO's intro/outro comments about many classic films. I miss that guy almost as much as Bianculli, et al, and really appreciate the new resource.
Here is the press release: https://www.afi.com/press/american-film-institute-launches-the-osborne-collection-honoring-legendary-film-historian-and-tcm-host-robert-osborne/ (sorry, I dunno how to make a friendlier link in this setting), which has a link to this video of Ben Mankiewicz talking to The Hollywood Reporter about it: https://thrpresents.hollywoodreporter.com/the-osborne-collection/
Lastly, here is the actual Collection: https://www.afi.com/robert-osborne-collection/
May 4, 2021   |  Reply
 
 
 
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David Bianculli

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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.