FX has a new comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and the first two episodes have come and gone. (Well, in the day of endless, quick reruns, DVRs, and On Demand, nothing is really gone.)
The most obvious comparison would be to The Chappelle Show: African-American comedian hosts a half hour of skits and a guest. But the more accurate comparison would be The Daily Show: comedian address the issues of the day, and a guest. The first episodes have included pieces on Gabby Douglas, New York City’s Stop and Frisk program, the Presidential race, and even the Sikh temple killings. The guests have been the show’s producer, Chris Rock, and Rachel Maddow. Like any such show, the segments are hit-and-miss, but the hits are impressive. There are only six episodes scheduled, which is barely enough time for Bell to establish a rhythm. As many have noted, Totally Biased might work better as a nightly, rather than a weekly, show. So consider these six weeks as a dry run, and check them out. Grade so far: B, but anticipating improvement.