David Bianculli

David Bianculli appears in the following:

Jeff Bridges makes a triumphant return to TV in 'The Old Man'

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Bridges plays a former CIA operative who re-surfaces after decades off the grid in FX's seven-episode miniseries. The Old Man will hook you with its slow build and shifting perspectives.


Questions of faith and sanity bubble to the surface in season 3 of 'Evil'

Friday, June 10, 2022

Evil, which premiered on CBS in 2019, has shifted over to the Paramount+ streaming service, where it's taken full advantage of its relocation. The latest season keeps increasing in intensity.


HBO's sly new 'Irma Vep' proves there's still no business like show business

Monday, June 06, 2022

HBO's miniseries centers on a group of creatives working on a remake of the 1916 serial The Vampires. Part comedy, part satire of the film industry, Irma Vep is a winning combination.


Norm Macdonald's 'Nothing Special' gives us one last dose of the late comic

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Most of Netflix's special features Macdonald running through his set in one unbroken take. The rest is a small group of comics, including David Letterman and Conan O'Brien, talking about their friend.


'Great Performances' goes inside Stephen Sonheim's groundbreaking 'Company'

Friday, May 27, 2022

PBS's documentary details how Sondheim's landmark 1970 musical was adapted to the current Broadway version — pivoting on a gender switch that rewrites the central role as a woman instead of a man.


'American Dream' documentary examines George Carlin's triumphs and demons

Friday, May 20, 2022

Carlin's "Seven Dirty Words" act ignited an obscenity case in the '70s. We listen back to two archival interviews with the late comedian, and David Bianculli reviews a new HBO documentary about him.


'Strange New Worlds' is the most enjoyable 'Star Trek' show since the original

Thursday, May 05, 2022

The new series is an exciting throwback, connecting the dots and pulling characters and plot points not just from Discovery, but also from the very origins of the Star Trek series itself.


New TV series revisit Watergate and the original 'Godfather'

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Gaslit tells the story of Watergate, focusing on Martha Mitchell, the outspoken wife President Nixon's attorney general. The Offer focuses on the making of the first Godfather movie.


'The First Lady' is far from perfect—but its lead performances make it worth watching

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Showtime's new 10-part series dramatizes the lives of three presidential spouses: Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama, played by Gillian Anderson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Viola Davis.


'61st Street' is a well-acted — but none too subtle — crime drama

Friday, April 08, 2022

AMC's new series takes a detailed look at the intersection of crime, policing and the courts. But while its story is compelling, 61st Street is ultimately marred by a script that seems too obvious.


HBO series captures Julia Child's joy and mastery in the kitchen

Monday, March 28, 2022

Julia is a wonderful, eight-episode series that tells of story of how Child brought her recipes — and her enthusiasm for demystifying French cooking — to television.


Like the '80s Lakers, 'Winning Time' scores with an unconventional playbook

Friday, March 04, 2022

Adam McKay's new HBO series about the Los Angeles Lakers goes out of its way to be out of the ordinary. But its showboating is in keeping with the style of the basketball team it chronicles.


Still ripping from the headlines: 'Law & Order' reboot continues with tradition

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The original series, which debuted in 1990, leaned heavily on current news stories. The new show does the same. Its debut episode centers on the crimes of a TV personality reminiscent of Bill Cosby.


'Pam & Tommy' asks smart questions about gossip, sexism and technology

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Hulu's new series tells the story of Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, whose private sex tape was stolen in 1995 and subsequently distributed over the Internet.


W. Kamau Bell asks all the right questions in 'We Need to Talk About Cosby'

Friday, January 28, 2022

Nothing is sensationalized or trivialized in Bell's four-part documentary, which reckons with Bill Cosby's legacy both as a barrier-breaking Black star and as a sexual predator.


The collision of old and new money is on glitzy display in HBO's 'Gilded Age'

Friday, January 21, 2022

Set in New York City the early 1880s, this ten-part costume drama is basically an American Downtown Abbey, complete with rich and poor, power brokers and household workers.


'Reframed' revisits Marilyn Monroe's life and legacy, from an all-women point of view

Friday, January 14, 2022

During her career and after her death, Monroe was objectified and scrutinized — mostly by male writers, biographers and historians. CNN's new docuseries tells her story from a fresh perspective.


'Fresh Air' celebrates legendary TV actor Betty White

Friday, January 07, 2022

White's television career spanned the history of TV itself. Best known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, she died Dec. 31, at age 99. Originally broadcast in 1987.


'The Book of Boba Fett' adds an impressive chapter to the 'Star Wars' saga

Monday, January 03, 2022

Picking up where The Mandalorian left off, this new fantasy series on Disney+ features well-defined characters, exciting action and special effects that are as good as in any Star Wars movie.


'Being the Ricardos' dramatizes Lucy and Desi's very complicated relationship

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Aaron Sorkin's latest film zeroes in on one very stressful week in the lives of Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem), when Lucy was accused of being a Communist.