Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Tuesday, June 19. All times are Eastern.
Drunk History (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): After a few months off, Derek Waters and his learned drinking buddies return to slur through the footnotes of World War II. And not a moment too soon: The episode’s subject matter might be evergreen, but a second-act story about Japanese-American internment, Frank Emi, and the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee has some deep resonance during our current dark chapter of American history. The words of guest star Randall Park apply as much to Emi’s story as they do to Border Patrol’s ongoing detention of immigrant children: “Take it from a drunk guy on a comedy show on Comedy Central: This is fucking ridiculous.”
Hannah Gadsby: Nanette (Netflix): “It’s very healthy to reassess,” Hannah Gadsby says in her debut Netflix special—shortly after the suggestion that it could be her last. Here’s hoping she isn’t serious: Nanette contains some uncommon humor, insight, and sentiment about identity (“I identify,” she says, while discussing being pigeonholed as a lesbian comedian, “as tired”) and art, where those things collide, and how they can be used to heal and harm.