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Bianculli, David

Overview
Works: 21 works in 96 publications in 1 language and 4,491 library holdings
Genres: Television comedies  Interviews  History  Encyclopedias  Drama  Television mini-series  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Television adaptations  Nonfiction radio programs  Made-for-TV movies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator
Classifications: PN1992.3.U5, 791.4572
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Bianculli
Teleliteracy : taking television seriously by David Bianculli( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This clear-eyed and lively book shows that television, contrary to the opinion of many, is a medium that is opening the American mind. The knee-jerk reaction television often elicits from critics, literati, even well-intentioned parents and educators actually follows a pattern that has come down to us through history
Dangerously funny : the uncensored story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour by David Bianculli( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dangerously Funny" presents a rollicking history of the rise and fall of the wildly influential '60s TV show, its perennial problems with the network censors, and its lasting influence on the cultural landscape
The platinum age of television : from I love Lucy to The walking dead, how TV became terrific by David Bianculli( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Television shows have now eclipsed films as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by one of our finest critics explains--historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves--how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved. Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television--our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls--he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show. In each genre, he selects five key examples of the form, tracing its continuities and its dramatic departures and drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history. Television has triumphantly come of age artistically; David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, how this inspiring development came about"--
Dictionary of teleliteracy : television's 500 biggest hits, misses, and events by David Bianculli( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Dictionary of Teleliteracy, which will do for television and popular culture what The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy did for 'high culture, ' explores 500 programs and televised events whose impact on American culture, Good or ill, will not likely be forgotten. These include all-time-favorite shows
Rich man, poor man( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first-ever dramatic miniseries to appear on American television spans decades and generations to trace the epic story of the Jordache family from 1945 to the late 1960s
Television finales : from Howdy Doody to Girls( )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"TV finales fascinate us because they bring universes to an end--in the case of long-running shows, very complicated universes--exposing in the process our cultural obsessions, our 'reading' practices, our imagined identities, our fascination with television. This volume brings together the work of 63 scholars in 71 essays, each essay discussing a different television finale"--
Dangerously funny : the uncensored story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour by David Bianculli( Recording )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dangerously Funny" presents a rollicking history of the rise and fall of the wildly influential '60s TV show, its perennial problems with the network censors, and its lasting influence on the cultural landscape
The platinum age of television : from I love Lucy to The walking dead, how TV became terrific by David Bianculli( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Television shows have now eclipsed films as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by one of our finest critics explains--historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves--how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved. Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television--our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls--he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show. In each genre, he selects five key examples of the form, tracing its continuities and its dramatic departures and drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.Television has triumphantly come of age artistically; David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, how this inspiring development came about
Rich man, poor man, discs 4-9 [book 2]( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first-ever dramatic miniseries to appear on American television spans decades and generations to trace the epic story of the Jordache family from 1945 to the late 1960s
Rich man, poor man, discs 1-3 [book 1]( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first-ever dramatic miniseries to appear on American television spans decades and generations to trace the epic story of the Jordache family from 1945 to the late 1960s
This time together : [the Carol Burnett show( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Jonathan Eig, author of "The birth of the pill," discusses the origin of the birth control pill and the main characters involved in that process] by Jonathan Eig( Recording )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Jonathan Eig, author of "The Birth Of The Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex And Launched A Revolution," discusses the origin of the birth control pill and the main characters involved in that process including, heiress Katharine McCormick, activist Margaret Sanger, researcher Dr. Gregory Pincus, and researcher Dr. John Rock. On "Fresh Air."
[German-born American film and theater director, producer, actor and comedian Mike Nichols talks about becoming a director rather than a performer, and directing "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf"] by Mike Nichols( Recording )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In a excerpt from a 2001 interview, German-born American film and theater director, producer, actor and comedian Mike Nichols talks about becoming a director rather than a performer, and directing Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf". Nichols also explains why he staged the iconic shot in "The graduate" of Dustin Hoffman framed in Ann Bancroft's arched leg. Audio excerpts from "The graduate" and "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf" are played
Bianculli's personal theory of TV evolution : Nov 6 - Dec 20, 2014 by David Bianculli( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Tom Wolfe by Tom Wolfe( Recording )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

On the occasion of the death of American author Tom Wolfe at age 88, an excerpt of a 1987 interview with Terry Gross is rebroadcast. Wolfe talks about his career, why he chose journalism, and why he wrote with a style that shied away from the "neutral" or "objective" voice. He recalls a severe case of writers block when he was trying to write for Esquire magazine. Wolfe also talks about his novels and his style, and remembers the way Ken Kesey would test for "cool." On the NPR show "Fresh Air."
Candice Bergen: A fine romance by Candice Bergen( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Candice Bergen won five Emmys and two Golden Globe Awards for her starring role in the popular television series Murphy Brown, and received critical acclaim for her role on the dramedy Boston Legal, and for her work in such films as The Wind and the Lion, Gandhi, and Starting Over, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She is the author of the 1984 memoir Knock Wood, a coming-of-age story about her relationship with her father, famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. A Fine Romance picks up Bergen's story as a wife and mother, her acclaim as a film and television star, and the ups and downs of a singular life
New Jersey on film and television : memorable movies set or filmed in N.J( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Norman Lear: Even this I get to experience by Norman Lear( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Prolific writer and producer Norman Lear is the creator of some of television's most loved shows, including All in the Family, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude, and others too numerous to list. A longtime supporter of First Amendment rights, Lear is the founder of People for the American Way and Declare Yourself, organizations devoted to encouraging political engagement. He has been nominated for an Oscar and won four Emmys, a Peabody Award, and the National Medal of Arts for his venerable body of work. From his childhood to his WWII bombing missions to his television legacy, Even This I Get to Experience is a memoir of Lear's 90 unforgettable years
A Kurt post-mortem on the Generally eclectic theater : Kurt Vonnegut interviewed by Kurt Vonnegut( )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

[TV critic David Bianculli reflects on the 50th anniversary of the appearance of The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show] by Ringo Starr( Recording )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

TV critic David Bianculli reflects on the 50th anniversary of the appearance of The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Excerpts of earlier Terry Gross' interviews with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney are heard. On the show "Fresh Air."
 
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Dangerously funny : the uncensored story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
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