David Bianculli

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'The Strain' And 'Extant' Play On Fears Of Forces Out Of Our Control

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

This week, two new TV series begin in the threats-from-nowhere genre: Extant on CBS and The Strain on FX. The better of the two, The Strain, about a disease outbreak, is effectively creepy.


A-List Celebrities Flock To Late-Night 'Graham Norton Show'

Monday, June 16, 2014

The late-night talk show, imported by BBC America, has been around for years. TV critic David Bianculli says it's never been better — it's like eavesdropping on an all-star cocktail party.


HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Looks At The Early Days Of The AIDS Crisis

Friday, May 23, 2014

On Sunday night, HBO presents a new TV version of Larry Kramer's 1985 play. Kramer himself wrote the adaptation, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.


'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The comedian's prime-time NBC special is the latest rare attempt by network TV to revive the long-dormant genre. Fresh Air's critic doesn't think it succeeded, but he encourages TV to try, try again.

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'Penny Dreadful' Is Wonderful, But 'Rosemary's Baby' Is Dreadful

Friday, May 09, 2014

Critic David Bianculli reviews the two new TV programs in the horror genre competing for viewers and attention: NBC's modern-day remake of Rosemary's Baby and Showtime's Victorian Penny Dreadful.


'Hill Street Blues' Created Two Eras For TV Drama: Before And After

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

In 1981, NBC presented a new police series that went on to make TV history. Hill Street Blues has just been released on DVD in its entirety for the first time.


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.