This week’s Last Week Tonight ran a little longer than usual, as host John Oliver had to make time to cover the plight of the United States Postal Service, which as you may know, is struggling to remain relevant and fiscally solvent in a digital age. But what you may not know is that since 2015, the USPS has been involved with producing a TV series called The Inspectors.
Oliver devotes a good handful of fairly amusing minutes attempting to figure out why The Inspectors exists. It airs on CBS Saturday mornings during what is ostensibly an educational block of programming. It’s a procedural about postal infractions, which Oliver describes as “a mix of teenage soap opera, police procedural, and a PSA about how to protect yourself from various mail-related crimes.”
But that’s not all! It also includes such can’t-miss features as an Anthony Michael Hall lookalike and a plot point in which guacamole is the key to nabbing the culprit.
I was so stunned from watching this segment that I just had to check my channel guide to see if The Inspectors does in fact air on my local CBS affiliate. It turns out it does. But I’m still not 100% convinced that someone isn’t pulling a Truman Show-style joke on me…
Watch the clip below: