David Bianculli

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From SCOTUS To The Confederate Flag, Cable Comedians Keep Tabs On The News

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Critic David Bianculli says the commentary, questioning and ridicule of Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore, John Oliver and Bill Maher help keep news outlets — and news-makers — honest.


HBO's New Sunday Lineup Is Full Of Pleasant Surprises

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ballers feels like the football equivalent of the hip-hop world of Empire, and The Brink is reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove, but has its own modern take on the nonsense of war.


Are DVD Box Sets A Dying Business? Studios Hope The Answer Is 'Not Yet'

Friday, May 29, 2015

As viewers turn to streaming sites to watch old TV shows, studios are issuing new DVD box sets of classic shows to a shrinking market. Critic Dave Bianculli suggests a few sets that are worth buying.


Letterman Signs Off, With A Heartfelt Guest-Filled Finale

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Last night, after 33 years on TV as a late-night talk show host, David Letterman presented his final program. David Bianculli says Letterman's final show was a strong end to an illustrious career.


The 'Mad Men' Ending: A 'Twisted' And 'Perfect' Conclusion

Monday, May 18, 2015

After all eight seasons of drama, the TV series about men and women in advertising ended with a full-length ad. TV critic David Bianculli says the conclusion was "so unexpected, yet so appropriate."


Last Days Of Dave: Paying Homage To Letterman's Weird And Quirky Legacy

Monday, May 04, 2015

The off-beat funnyman retires this month after 33 years hosting late-night television. Fresh Air's David Bianculli says that David Letterman's humor "provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show."


'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After six seasons on the FX network, Justified ended Tuesday. "What a triumph," says critic David Bianculli who adds that he loved the finale's "touches of grace" and "emphasis on character and tone."


'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Louis C.K.'s comedy and the new mockumentary The Comedians start Thursday on the FX cable network. Both are unusual and ambitious, says critic David Bianculli, but only one hits the ground running.


New Frank Sinatra Documentary Charts His Professional Ups And Downs

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Alex Gibney intersperses recently unearthed concert footage from 1971 with vintage and newly recorded interviews to make Sinatra: All or Nothing At All. It's illuminating and by no means a puff piece.


James Corden Hits Late-Night TV With His Own Skill Set And Mindset

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Late Late Show with James Corden fills the post-David Letterman time slot on CBS. TV critic David Bianculli says that based on first impressions, Corden will "settle in nicely."


Forget Binge Watching: Great Television Happens When Networks Pace Shows

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Spread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.


'American Crime' And 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Highlight The TV Revolution

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Tina Fey co-created the quirky comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Netflix; John Ridley made the emotionally raw drama American Crime for ABC. TV critic David Bianculli says they're both good.


'Battle Creek' Has The Flavor Of A TV Throwback From An Earlier Age

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It's "a lot of fun to watch."


New Comedy 'Schitt's Creek' From Canada Is A Reboot Of 'Green Acres'

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The sitcom on Pop network is about a wealthy family that is thrust into poverty. Their interactions with the locals is the main story, and the main source of comedy — and it's worth checking out.


'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore' Debuts In Slot Vacated By Stephen Colbert

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On Monday night, Comedy Central premiered former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore's new show. While Wilmore's sarcastic comments on clips were funny, the round-table discussion didn't sparkle.


'Man Seeking Woman' Examines How It Feels To Be Single, Dating And Rejected

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The new comedy series on FXX is a cross between an early Woody Allen comedy and a very edgy late-night comedy sketch. It's part literal, part impressionistic — even surrealist — and very different.


Matt LeBlanc Has Quietly Made 'Episodes' A Must-See Comedy

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The show, in its fourth season, was created by David Crane, who worked with LeBlanc on Friends. TV critic David Bianculli says its brand of satire is particularly timely and laugh-out-loud funny.


Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TV critic David Bianculli says that he's encouraged by how far TV has come. He picks The Good Wife as the best show of 2014, having "the deepest roster of really strong regulars and guest stars."


Peter Pan's Magic Is In The Pixie Dust

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

NBC is airing a live version of Peter Pan on Thursday, nearly 60 years after the first live telecast. Critic David Bianculli says the cast and the revival of the medium are genius.

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How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Two doctors wrote a book that probes the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors contributing to early puberty. These girls face risks like anxiety and depression, one author says.

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