TV Club: Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner dilutes the best of Samantha Bee

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee has been running circles around her late-night peers from her first episode. Those peers are all men, and Samantha Bee and her writers, an unusually diverse group by writers’ room standards, have been joyfully hammering away at the patriarchy since the show first aired a little over a year ago. It’s not all periods and abortion rights, though, with plenty of segments tackling less-gendered issues like gun control and the “alt-right.” If Bee is lauded for breaking new ground simply because she’s a woman heading up a satirical late-night show, that obscures the reality: She’s damn good at what she does. Most episodes have at least one segment that leave me yelling “Fuck yeah!” at the TV, and the clips frequently light up the social media feeds of progressives who are fed up with major media outlets effectively playing dead, unable to …

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