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David Bianculli

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'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."

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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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."

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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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Holy Smokes 'Batman,' The '60s Series Is Out On DVD

Monday, November 17, 2014

Various rights issues kept the original Batman from home-video release until now. Young viewers may be surprised by its pop-art sensibility, vibrant colors — and that it was played for laughs.

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In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

Friday, October 31, 2014

The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It's about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.

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Nostalgia, Now Out On DVD, With 'Wonder Years' And 'Pee-wee' Releases

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In what may be a last gasp for DVD collections, some of the new box-set releases are aimed at baby boomers and Gen X-ers with favorites like The Wonder Years and Pee-wee's Playhouse.

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Inconsistent Memories Are Revisited In 'The Affair,' A Captivating New Drama

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Showtime show is about two people who betray their spouses and fall into a relationship. It's told from more than one perspective, and the actors are so likable, you forgive them their trespasses.

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'Homeland' Regains Urgency With Twin Protagonists And Divided Loyalties

Friday, October 03, 2014

Last year, the Showtime drama about a CIA agent with a bipolar disorder lost its way. But the show's intensity is back in Season 4 when the CIA accidentally bombs a wedding in Pakistan.

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In 'Transparent,' A 70-Year-Old Divorced Dad Comes Out As A Woman

Friday, September 26, 2014

The new drama, which launches Friday on Amazon Prime, stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman coming out to her three grown kids. Tambor acts the role without any hint of cheap humor.

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Fall TV Preview: 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion' And 'Black-ish'

Monday, September 22, 2014

For major broadcast networks, Monday is the official start of the 2014-15 TV season. Fresh Air's critic has a not-very-long list of new shows you should make an effort to sample.

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'Madame Secretary' Pales In Comparison To 'The Good Wife'

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The CBS dramas about women juggling family lives and high-intensity jobs showcase excellent acting. But while The Good Wife is one of the best shows on TV, Madam Secretary's writing is disappointing.

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3 Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A 14-hour biography of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Delano starts Sunday. Actors including Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep put on Emmy-worthy vocal performances reading from an Emmy-worthy script.

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'The Chair' Charts Two Filmmakers' Journeys As They Make Movies From The Same Script

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The new 10-episode reality show on Starz! follows Anna Martemucci, a graduate from NYU film school, and Shane Dawson, who's been making YouTube videos for eight years. They compete for $250,000.

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Case Closed: Agatha Christie's Detective Poirot Solves His Last TV Mystery

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

After decades on air, Poirot's 13th and final season begins Aug. 25. David Suchet still stars as detective Hercule Poirot, but you won't find the show on PBS. So where is it?

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Stick With 'The Knick,' A Medical Drama With Amazing Inventions

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The new Cinemax show stars Clive Owen as a rude doctor in a New York City hospital in 1900. It may take a few episodes, but you'll care about the characters and their inventions.

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