Since the premiere of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on February 8, 2016, we have become obsessed. We never miss an episode, and we're constantly encouraging our friends and family to watch it as well. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is a hard-hitting political satire show with the only woman in late night (at least for now)!
She makes us laugh, sometimes makes us cry, and always forces us to think critically about the world around us. Let's take a look at the 11 segments we love the most so far on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee!
Samantha Bee exudes joy as she tells us the story of Ted Cruz and the many people who loathe him. While this whole segment is phenomenal, nothing is better than the footage Full Frontal obtained of a college-aged Ted Cruz starring in a production of The Crucible, lamenting, "WHY am I persecuted?!" This clip became a favorite running gag on the show, and you can bet we quote it regularly.
In her earlier months on the air, Samantha Bee took on the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the most incredible way. The NRA has a mascot named Eddie Eagle, and they have strict regulations on who is allowed to own and wear the costume. As you will see from Sam's brilliant investigative piece, these rules are tougher than our country's laws about owning and using guns. The last 45 seconds of this piece are where Bee truly shines, resulting in a moment that had us crying in laughter. It's a piece we love to revist whenever we need a good laugh!
Cruz Bows Out
No one loved Ted Cruz more than Samantha Bee. And by that we mean no one loved making fun of Ted Cruz more. Bee was so grateful for his presence in the Republican primaries, and she got some comedic gold out of it. When Cruz dropped out of the race, it only seemed fitting that Bee send him off with a tribute. She enlisted singer Michelle Branch to help, rewriting Branch's song "Goodbye to You" as "Goodbye Ted Cruz." It's simply hilarious. And in case you're wondering, yes, we do have every word memorized.
A Totally Real, 100% Valid Theory
People are saying...Trump can't read! Bee brilliantly spoofs Trump's oft-used tactic of implying something is true because unspecified people say so. They have the evidence—so much evidence, the best evidence! Piecing together clips from a Trump deposition with interviews in which he always claims to be reading "All Quiet on the Western Front," Bee created an argument as solid as any of Trump's. This claim, however, doesn't seem too far from the realm of possibility.
*Trigger warning: sexual assault and rape* Samantha Bee's best stories come from her advocating for women and their safety. But as she says in this piece, the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) is not just a women's issue. Men and women in the military are sadly subjected to sexual assault and rape frequently, and they often see no justice against their offenders. So, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the MJIA to combat sexual assualt and rape in the military.
Bee takes a not-so-funny topic and brings some humor to it with ease. In fact, one of our most quoted moments comes from this segment: "Oh no, oh shit, here come the obstruction twins Fil and Buster, probably wearing their adult diapers so they can block this bill all night." However, the humor injected into the story does not take away from the importance of it. Bee is passionate about the act passing (sadly, it did not), and so are many senators on both sides of the aisle. It's a fantastic piece and one of the most important issues Bee has covered on her show.
The Pulse Nightclub Shooting
This piece speaks for itself. Sam takes a more serious approach to this segment, and she does it beautifully. She lays her heartbreak and anger out for us with eloquence, grace, and vulnerability. It's a touching tribute to those who lost their lives on that horrible night, and it's a call for all of us to seek justice for them.