TV Critic’s Corner

The women of Wednesday

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS stars the Canadian comedian.
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS stars the Canadian comedian.

It’s WWW (Watch Women Wednesday), which I just made up — and just now realized sounds kind of creepy. Let me try that again.

It’s Wednesday, and TV is brimmin’ with women! I’m not sure that was much better, but my point is that Wednesday nights have come to serve as a kind of regulating mechanism for our all-male household, with an array of female-helmed programs that help restore the balance after hours spent butching out on so much “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” and “The Great British Baking Show.” (Don’t look at me like that.)

Most Wednesdays, I enjoy a late dinner with Rachel and head off to Viceland, where at 10 p.m. I’ve enjoyed writer Karley Sciortino’s episodic exploration of “female sexuality, gender, and love,” affectionately dubbed “Slutever.” A kind of millennial echo of HBO’s “Real Sex,” Sciortino’s cameras have gone under the covers of the world of dominatrices (how do you like that plural?), the kink travel industry, the luxury sex set, and the online community of cam girls. Wednesday’s episode is all about AI and sex robots. (Talk about compatibility issues.)


Oh, and while I’m reserving all of my faux-feminine energy for Thursday’s discussion of the finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” if you need some drag in your life Wednesday, there’s an episode of “The Trixie and Katya Show” — with guest host Bob the Drag Queen — immediately after “Slutever” at 10:30 p.m.

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Next, for those tired of getting their fake American news from British and South African guys, maybe try a Canadian lady

“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (Wednesday at 10:30 on TBS) is — I’m declaring it — the funniest political comedy show on television right now. That’s thanks in large part to Bee, a golden-age “Daily Show” alum herself, and a brutal, unflinching reductress of dude-driven B.S. Taking the investigative comedy of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and injecting it with a few cc’s of righteous “U.S. out of my uterus” rage, Bee’s feminist reading (and railing) of the news isn’t just fresh and funny — it’s absolutely necessary.

I like to follow “Full Frontal” with one of the positive side effects of the #MeToo movement, the arrival of the brilliant veteran foreign affairs correspondent Christiane Amanpour to PBS, where her “Amanpour on PBS” has firmly filled the loafer-print left by the recent cancellation of “Charlie Rose” (following a number of sexual harassment accusations against the host). In a tightly-focused half-hour, Amanpour deftly interviews a wide range of cultural luminaries and political power players, and not once do you get the sense she’s secretly preoccupied with something else.

And in an effort to properly root my commitment to feminism deep in the dirt of my unconscious, I like to wrap up Wednesday nights by falling asleep on the couch to as many episodes of “Madam Secretary” as WE is willing to show me. (They go till 4 a.m.) If Elizabeth seriously isn’t running, this could be the age of Téa Leoni.

Michael Andor Brodeur can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur