FX (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET)
Consider this moment from the second episode (July 27) of the new animated series from executive producer Tom Snyder (Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist): The Marquis de Sade, that famously kinky Frenchman who died in 1814, is being interviewed in 1999 by Dick and Paula, married hosts of a low-rent TV talk show in Worcester, Mass. The marquis’s mother-in-law heckles him from the audience. “He’s a sadist!” she cries. “He’ll take a piece of chicken, take a bite and put it back!” If you’re laughing as hard as I did, you’re a potential fan of The Dick & Paula Celebrity Special, where the humor is often historical (upcoming guests include Charles Darwin and Napoleon Bonaparte) and always warped. Remember Martin Mull’s ’70s talk show spoof Fernwood 2-Night? Picture something similar in the form of a squiggly cartoon. Dick & Paula sags in the scenes devoted to backstage staffers, but those celebrity interviews are truly special.
Bottom Line: Makes talk show history