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Encyclopedia > Tom Shales

Tom Shales (born November 3, 1944) is an American critic of television programming and operations. Born in Elgin, Illinois, he has written for the Washington Post newspaper for several decades, and is generally credited for popularizing the idea of treating TV as seriously as theater or film from a critics' point of view.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1988.

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The Washington Post Writers Group -- Jabari Asim (436 words)
Shales is a master of satire and parody of the latest TV effrontery.
Shales joined The Washington Post as a writer in the Style section in 1972, was named chief television critic in July 1977 and was appointed TV Editor in June 1979--the year The Washington Post Writers Group began syndicating his column.
Shales needles the networks and delights readers." ADWEEK reports, "Tom Shales is regarded by many as the nation's No. 1 television critic." People magazine concludes: "He is the country's best, most engaged and engaging TV critic."
Penraker: Thou Shalt Not Question Tom Shales (561 words)
Shales, you will remember, is the one who said Mel Gibson had his "parking place in hell" reserved as a result of this movie.
Shales was beside himself, and became almost apoplectic when Medved threw out a few well placed debating points.
Shales theory: They have heard it is violent, and they want to go see what the fuss is about.
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