The real thing

The most common request I get during the summer — other than to please stop wearing muscle shirts at work — is to make some summer viewing recommendations. Ummmm, have you discovered "Kimmy Schmidt" yet? I'm relieved to say I have found one genuine summer show that's definitely worth leaving the patio earlier for. "UnReal," which premiered last month, is a knowing, scathing takedown of reality shows that butter up and booze up young women to make them look like one-dimensional cartoon characters. Shiri Appleby plays the morally torn producer who's a genius at corrupting contestants, even as her "gift" is breaking her heart. You'll never watch "The Bachelor" — or Lifetime — the same way again. 9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime

Topic of cancer

Tig Notaro may be the smartest stand-up comic you've never heard of. Her underrated status will hopefully get an upgrade with "Tig," a new documentary that explores her life, most notably the 2012 groundbreaking performance in which she built a hilarious routine around her breast cancer diagnosis. Now streaming on Netflix

The long goodbye

"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" will air original episodes for the next two weeks, all leading up to the host's final episode. "Ant-Man" star Paul Rudd starts the countdown with the threat that if Stewart doesn't stay, he'll be pierced mercilessly with his deadly antennae. 10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., Comedy Central

Who's there?

In his never-ending quest to dominate every hour of television, Ryan Seacrest hosts "Knock Knock Live," a new series in which celebrities emcee money-winning games on people's doorsteps. David Beckham, Lea Michele and Common are among those playing this unique version of trick or treat. 8 p.m. Tuesday, KMSP, Ch. 9

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