David Bianculli

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FX's 'Fargo' Is Neither Remake Nor Sequel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The cable network premieres a new drama series tonight. It's called Fargo, and has the same title as the 1996 Coen Brothers movie. Critic David Bianculli says it's very definitely a wonderful show in that same wacky spirit – but it's just as important to note what this new Fargo is not. It's not a remake — and it's not a sequel.


Without Giving Too Much Away, Here's What We Can Say About 'Mad Men'

Friday, April 11, 2014

The AMC period drama returns Sunday, with the usual shroud of secrecy that makes it difficult — but not impossible — to review. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli does his best.


'Parenthood' Is Hard, But NBC Gets This Family Drama Right

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Critic David Bianculli says family dramas have always been one of television's most difficult genres to do properly — without getting too sweet, too overwrought, or too predictable.


HBO Fills Sunday Night Lineup With Entertaining Power Struggles

Thursday, April 03, 2014

This week, HBO airs the season premieres of two returning series — Game of Thrones and Veep -- and launches a new series called Silicon Valley. Fresh Air's TV critic has seen them all.


'The Good Wife' Delivers A Game-Changing Stunner

Friday, March 28, 2014

Last Sunday, the CBS drama delivered something major and unexpected. If you don't know what happened, and don't wish to, you may not want to listen, but Fresh Air's critic has a lot to say about it.


When Your Best Friend Is A Star — And You're Her Minion

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The British import Doll & Em is another inside-Hollywood comedy from HBO; Emily Mortimer and her real-life friend Dolly Wells play outsize versions of themselves.


NBC Hostage Drama 'Crisis' Takes Viewers On A Rare TV Trip

Friday, March 14, 2014

The show's season-long crime story follows a busload of kids whose field trip gets detoured by kidnappers. Critic David Bianculli says it could wind up being just as good — and intense-- as 24.


With Humor And A Nod To History, Fallon Takes Over 'The Tonight Show'

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

On Monday night, Jimmy Fallon paid homage to 60 years of Tonight Show history while claiming his own place in line. "I just want to do the best I can and take care of the show for a while," he said. "If you guys let me stick around long enough maybe I'll get the hang of it."


In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"New Orleans buries too many of its young," Wynton Marsalis says in the documentary's introduction. The Whole Gritty City, airing Saturday on CBS, follows young students who take refuge in New Orleans marching bands.


On TV This Week: 'Babylon' Has Good Fun, 'Detective' Is The Real Deal

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli says two new miniseries this week are worth special mention — and couldn't be more different. The Spoils Of Babylon is a miniseries soap-opera spoof on IFC; True Detective looks like the best HBO drama since The Wire.


'Downton' Returns, And It's As Rich As Ever

Monday, January 06, 2014

Downton Abbey is the most popular drama in the history of public television. And when the whole of the TV universe is fragmenting, that isn't just impressive — it's almost impossible. Critic David Bianculli ponders the hit show's unlikely success.


David Bianculli's Top 10 Shows: 2013 Was A 'Good Year For TV'

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Two new shows from Netflix -- House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black — changed the TV landscape, but Bianculli's top pick for 2013 is AMC's Breaking Bad. "It ended as brilliantly as it began," he says. "I'm so grateful for that series."


Great New DVD Box Sets: Blasts From The Past And 'Breaking Bad'

Monday, December 23, 2013

In addition to Breaking Bad, critic David Bianculli recommends some rare television treats from the '60s and '70s that are now available on DVD. They include Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection, The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, The Rutles: Anthology and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.


Delightful 'Six By Sondheim' Leaves You Wanting Six More

Friday, December 06, 2013

HBO's new TV special is part biography, part music-appreciation lesson and part performance piece. Critic David Bianculli says it's a superbly compiled work, overseen by two of the people most intimately familiar with the composer himself.


A 'Curb'-Like Comedy And The Return Of 'Breaking Bad'

Friday, August 09, 2013

This weekend, AMC begins showing the final episodes of its acclaimed drama series, and launches a new one: Low Winter Sun. Meanwhile, HBO presents its newest made-for-TV movie — this one a comedy, starring and co-written by Larry David.


This Summer, Vintage TV Shows Thrive On DVD

Monday, July 29, 2013

The stack of recent DVD releases of old TV series keeps getting higher. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli picks four that he believes are the TV equivalent of a fun summer read.


Laughs And Drama Behind Bars With 'Orange Is The New Black'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Netflix recently unveiled its newest exclusive series: Orange Is the New Black, created by Jenji Kohan, who also created Weeds. All 13 one-hour episodes of the first season are available for streaming, and David Bianculli says the show is another Netflix success.


It's Showtime For Untested 'Ray Donovan' And Proven 'Dexter'

Friday, June 28, 2013

The cable network presents two drama series this Sunday — series at different ends of their life spans. In its eighth and final season Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall, is worth sticking with, while Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber unveils its very impressive first episode.


New 'Arrested Development' Gags Are Best Served In One Sitting

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Show creator Mitch Hurwitz advises against binge-watching the new season, but TV critic David Bianculli begs to differ. He says hidden identities and perplexing mysteries unfold slowly, and watching everything in one sitting helps make those connections even clearer.


Douglas, Damon Illuminate HBO's 'Candelabra'

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Steven Soderbergh's latest film is a showbiz story about Vegas icon Liberace and his secret lover — played, respectively, by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, both terrific in their roles. It premieres Sunday on HBO.