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Tom Shales

Tom Shales was born on November 3, 1944 in Elgin, Illinois, USA as Thomas William Shales. He is an actor and writer, known for This Is MST3K (1992), The Tragic Side of Comedy (2009) and Jack Paar: Smart Television (2003). See full bio »

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This Is MST3K
This Is MST3K Himself (The Washington Post - Television Critic)
The Tragic Side of Comedy
The Tragic Side of Comedy Himself - Author


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 1996 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series)
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- Where Is the Love? (1996) ... Tom Shales
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 2017 A Sweet Spot in Time (very special thanks) (announced)
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 2016 The Eighties (TV Mini-Series documentary)
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- Raised on Television (2016) ... Himself - Television Critic
 2015 The Seventies (TV Series documentary)
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- Television Gets Real (2015) ... Himself - Television critic
 2012 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Himself - TV Critic Washington Post
- Johnny Carson: King of Late Night (2012) ... Himself - TV Critic Washington Post
 2009 The Tragic Side of Comedy (TV Movie documentary)
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 2009 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Tragic Side of Comedy (2009) ... Himself
 2005-2007 Charlie Rose (TV Series)
- Episode dated 15 November 2007 (2007) ... Himself
- Episode dated 24 January 2005 (2005) ... Himself
 2004 Inside TV Land: Primetime Politics (TV Special documentary)
 2003 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
- Episode #11.44 (2003) ... Himself
 2003 Jack Paar: Smart Television (TV Movie documentary)
 2002 Shandling Talks... No Flipping! (Video short)
 1999 Siskel & Ebert (TV Series)
Himself - Guest Co-Host
 1995 Frontline (TV Series documentary)
- Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch? (1995) ... Himself
 1992 This Is MST3K (TV Short documentary)
Himself (The Washington Post - Television Critic)
 1988 The Media Show (TV Series)
- Episode #3.1 (1988) ... Himself

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(book; coauthor James Andrew Miller): "Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live". Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 2002. ISBN: 0316781460 See more »

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Television critic who won a Pulitzer Prize for his Washington Post reviews and articles on the public's perception of news events. Also Entertainment Editor at the Washington Examiner (1968-1971), Film Critic for Morning Edition of National Public Radio (1977), and Adjunct Professor of Film at American University.

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