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.
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, "TomShales 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."
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