FX Leads Critics Poll for Best Basic Cable Network

Published on 14 Aug 1919
movie news FX Leads Critics Poll for Best Basic Cable Network

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.

This week’s question: What’s is the best current basic cable network? Why?

Clint Worthington @clintworthing, Consequence of Sound, The Spool

Can there be any other answer than FX? “Pose,” “American Crime Story,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Atlanta” &mdash show after show manages to be a gorgeously filmed, genre-twisting masterpiece that carves out a special place in an increasingly balkanized pop culture conversation. Even when some series’ reach exceeds their grasp &mdash “Legion”, anyone? &mdash at least their greatest pitfall is an overabundance of ambition. It may not make sense, but it doesn’t feel like any show you’ve ever seen before. As a rule, FX shows are allergic to playing it safe, which makes even their most flawed shows that much more fascinating. There’s a network-wide feeling of invention and innovation over there, something in the secret sauce I just have to sample each and every time.

It’s not all prestige dramas, either, which is incredible and refreshing most cable networks, premium or basic, lean hard on their dramas for critical and cultural clout. But this is the network of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Archer,” edgy, provocative, and formally interesting comedies in their own right, with “Shadows” now joining their number as some of the best sitcoms on air right now. It’s the home of “Fargo” and “The Americans,” too, which alone places it on the top tier of TV networks taking chances and pushing the medium to crazy places. There are other basic cable networks doing some lovely work I almost picked Freeform just for how vibrant and just plain new they feel, but beat for beat, the winner’s gotta be FX.

Kiki Sukezane in “The Terror: Infamy”

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Tim Surette @timsurette, TV.com

After suffering through a few years of a wicked “Breaking Bad”/”Mad Men” hangover, AMC has rebounded quite nicely, hasn’t it? “Better Call Saul” is consistently one of the best shows on television, and the network hosts two premium Tim content shows in “The Terror” and “Lodge 49.” I guess all it takes these days to be great is three really good shows. FX is right there, but until “Atlanta” and “Fargo” return, it’s still a step behind AMC. I also like what truTV has done in recent years with its shift towards -comedy “I’m Sorry,” “At Home with Amy Sedaris,” and “Jon Glaser Loves Gear” are all good. But if given the choice, I’d watch MLB Network all day and all night.

Daniel Fienberg @TheFienPrint, The Hollywood Reporter

Hmmm. Basic cable? For original scripted programming, it pretty much has to be FX, doesn’t it? They have comedies and dramas that I love, plus a steady stream of limited series and, as you might have heard, FX has the movies the movies, FX has the movies! But if you gave me the choice between FX and ESPN? Well, FX sends me screeners. ESPN, for reasons I don’t fully understand, doesn’t send me advance screeners for live sporting events. So if you’re asking me for “best,” it’s still probably FX. But if you’re asking for “most essential” or something like that, it’s probably ESPN.

April Neale @aprilmac, Monsters & Critics

FX hands down for scripted storytelling. The incredible library of greats like “Justified,” “Rescue Me,” “The Americans”, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Baskets”, and “Taboo” which are some of my favorite TV series ever plus “Pose,” “Mr. Inbetween,” “American Horror Story,” “Atlanta”, “Fargo” and on and on. They freaking kill it for excellence in that realm and always have something going I have to watch.

Now, if you ask me for best overall variety of content I do have to tip my hat to Discovery for the wide swath of programming they offer, from Food Network to their core Discovery network, plus true crime destination Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, OWN, HGTV, TLC and Cooking Channel to name a few. I do watch these networks and would be bereft if they disappeared from the basic cable lineup.

Emily VanDerWerff @tvoti, Vox

The answer, of course, is FX, but I’m going to assume that 500 other people have gotten there first and, thus, go with one of my other favorite networks &mdash Syfy. Yes, the network has a ridiculous name. Yes, it let wonderful shows like “The Expanse” and “Channel Zero” go. But as a genre fan &mdash and as someone who thinks “The Magicians” is one of the best things going &mdash I tend to like Syfy’s stuff more often than I don’t. They still have their duds, but this is a network that will stack the wonderful “Killjoys” up against some classic sci-fi TV reruns. Cable networks are all about cultivating brands now. There was a time when Syfy seemed like it had thrown its brand away. But it’s come back in a big way in the last few years, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

“The Magicians.”

Eric Milner/Syfy

Kaitlin Thomas @thekaitling, TVGuide.com

I’m sure most of us are saying FX, and while that may have been true a few years ago, the truth is that FX’s drama slate, which produced some of the best TV of the last decade, has been on the decline over the last several years. The network has focused more heavily on anthologies and comedies of late, a decision that has resulted in Emmys success and a comedy lineup that is truly unrivaled. But while that is all well and good, and hough I still love FX, until the network’s dramas are back up to snuff, I’m going to have to throw my love in the complete opposite direction: The Food Network and its sister network The Cooking Channel.

Offering everything from ego-stroking competition series like “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Iron Chef America,” culinary educational programs like “Good Eats” and “Food: Fact or Fiction,” and deep-fried-and-covered-in-sugar road shows like “Carnival Eats,” these food-centric networks offer up so much variety in their programming that there’s certainly something for everyone. Want a show about cooking with fire? Might I introduce you to “Man Fire Food”? Want to see one man try to eat his weight in food? There’s “Man v. Food” for that. Want to watch people make ridiculously cool cakes? There are multiple shows about it at this point though I still love “Ace of Cakes” best. Want to visit Flavortown? Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” is still pumping out new episodes even though they all start to blur together after a bit. And this isn’t even counting your more familiar how-to cooking shows like “The Pioneer Woman,” “Trisha’s Southern Cooking,” “Dinner at Tiffani’s,” “Girl Meets Farm,” or any of the others. There are so many food-centric shows right now that I can’t even list them all, but food TV is finally having its moment, and I can’t get enough of it.

Also, did you know Haylie Duff once had a cooking show? Now you do.

Molly Yeh, “Girl Meets Farm”

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Alec Bojalad @alecbojalad, Den of Geek

The best current basic cable network is FX because of “Pose,” the just-ended “Legion” and the best series: “Baskets.” “Baskets,” for all of its run but particularly in its last season, has a way of making the aggressively normal seem weird and vice versa. It's clear that the Baskets family is a kind of archetypical American family that really exists – they're just ened and the end result is a fascinating mashup of comedy and drama.

Ben Travers @BenTTravers, IndieWire

In lieu of redundancy &mdash all the FX praise above is well-earned, and it’s the clear, deserving winner here &mdash I’ll throw a few bones to two otherwise unacknowledged basic cable networks: Comedy Central and SundanceTV. While neither can compare in quantity of quality to FX which has roughly 10 ongoing series that are very good, compared to seven-ish at Comedy Central and four or so at SundanceTV, they both release consistently strong shows and consistently creative ones. Comedy Central’s biggest slight is its lack of accessibility, which has been flagged as a problem by young-skewing audiences and knowledgeable creators alike, while SundanceTV simply doesn’t have the budget to compete with modern TV’s big boys. What the latter is able to produce despite its limitations makes it an even more standout aspect of AMC Networks’ lineup. If I could only get one basic cable station to get some Disney dollars thrown its way, I’d still pick FX &mdash but hopefully Comedy Central and SundanceTV can find their way to a wider audience, as well.

Q: What is the best show currently on TV?*

A: TIE: “Lodge 49” and “Succession” three votes each

Other contenders: “GLOW,” “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” one vote

*In the case of streaming services that release full seasons at once, only include shows that have premiered in the last month.

Source: Indiewire

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Published on 08 Aug 1919
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The man who turned around the Thor franchise, Taika Waititi is climbing quickly to the top of the studios-most-wanted list. It's reported that the New Zealand-born writer, director, producer, and actor is attached to write and direct a secret project for Fox Searchlight.

The plot and title are currently unknown for the upcoming Taika Waititi project, but fans are excited to see more of the eccentric director's vision. Joining him in the producer's chair is Jonathan Cavendish and Andy Serkis through their Imaginarium banner. Cavendish and Serkis have produced films such as The Ritual and Cavendish produced the Serkis directed Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. Shooting for this new mysterious film is schedule to begin this fall.

Fox's film division is undergoing major restructuring beneath their new parent company, Disney. After Fox suffered major losses, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced they would be clearing much of Fox's development slate. However, he did promise that the independent film label, Fox Searchlight, would be allowed to continue their plans and will also make films for the upcoming streaming service Disney Plus.

No word yet on whether Waititi's secret film will find its way there or to the big screen. The director currently has another film with Fox Searchlight, Jojo Rabbit, which is set to hit theaters on October 19. The dark comedy is a World War II-Era satire about a boy whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. The film stars Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo Betzler, Thomasin McKenzie as Elsa Korr, Taika Waititi as Adolf Hitler, Rebel Wilson as Fraulein Rahm, Stephen Merchant as Captain Deertz, Alfie Allen as Finkel, Sam Rockwell as Captain Klenzendorf and Scarlett Johansson Rosie Betzler.

Waititi is most known for developing Marvel Cinematic Universe's Thor from the standard mythical god to the funny and foreboding hero in a Jack Kirby-esque world. Before exploding onto the Marvel stage, Waititi wrote and directed lower budget pieces that allowed him to stretch his irreverent comedy chops while pulling from his childhood experiences. His adventure dramedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople saw favorable reviews, but managed to skate by most casual movie-goers unseen.

Although there is now a TV show adaptation, his original 2014 film What We Do in the Shadows was vastly overlooked until Thor: Ragnarok hit screens in 2017. Marvel Studios recently announced plans for a fourth Thor movie. President Kevin Feige stood on stage at the 2019 San Diego Comic-con and introduced Waititi as the film's director to a grateful crowd. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will be returning to their roles. Natalie Portman, to the fans surprise, will also be returning as Jane Foster turned "Mighty Thor". Thor: Love and Thunder is set to release on November 5, 2021.

We can certainly expect to see a lot more of Waititi in the next couple years. He's been announced to pen the films: Thor: Love and Thunder, We're Wolves, Flash Gordon and the Time Bandits television show. He is also directing the announced fourth Thor and Time Bandits pilot as well as an episode of the highly-anticipated Star Wars Disney plus show, The Mandalorian currently in post-production. This news comes to us via Variety

Source: Movieweb

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Published on 08 Aug 1919
movie news FX Leads Critics Poll for Best Basic Cable Network

It was recently announced that Taika Waititi is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to write and direct Thor: Love and Thunder, starring Chris Hemsworth as Love and Natalie Portman as Thunder I assume this is accurate. But before then, the New Zealand filmmaker will release Jojo Rabbit, where he plays a boy’s imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, and he’s also working on a “secret” project.

Variety reports that Waititi, last heard in Avengers: Endgame and seen in FX’s What We Do in the Shadows, is “attached to write and direct an untitled project as his next film with Fox Searchlight landing rights to distribute. Plot details are currently unknown.” What is known is that the project has been “greenlit for a fall shoot,” and that it will come out before 2021’s Love and Thunder. I hope it’s the next Mission: Impossible movie. Korg could be Ethan Hunt’s new partner.

As for Jojo Rabbit, Waititi said that his Hitler “doesn’t have to share anything with actual Hitler, because 10 year-olds never meet Hitler. He’s basically a 10 year-old who happens to have a tiny little mustache. I didn’t have to do any research, and I didn’t do any research. I didn’t base him on anything I’d seen about Hitler before. I just made him a version of myself that happened to have a bad haircut and a sh*tty little mustache. And a mediocre German accent.”

Jojo Rabbit opens on October 18.

Via Variety

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Published on 07 Aug 1919
movie news FX Leads Critics Poll for Best Basic Cable Network

John Landgraf came to his bi-annual Television Critics Association press tour appearance Tuesday armed with some news. FX had found the next iteration of Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story and it'd be a subject previously floated: Impeachment, the saga of the Clinton presidency scandal.

During his 45 minutes in front of reporters and critics, the FX chairman touched on the impending streaming wars, the network's lackluster Emmy nominations standing and the growing importance of FX's brand in a crowded landscape &mdash but the room full of press seemed most interested in questions about American Crime Story.

With Landgraf in the hot seat, one reporter in the audience raised a question about his decision to air Impeachment shortly before the 2020 presidential election. The timing had already been drawing backlash online from critics including New York Magazine writer Mark Harris, who tweeted that airing the series during the final six weeks of the upcoming U.S. presidential election was "an abysmal idea" and that "there is nothing that Trump would like more than to turn the homestretch of 2020 into a revisitation of the Clintons."

"People are going to be very interested in this right around the presidential election and it's going to be a great show," Langraf responded initially, though the brief answer didn't appease the critics on hand. Minutes later, another reporter raised the question again, this time specifically pressing Landgraf on whether he believes that the upcoming cycle of American Crime Story wouldn't influence people at the polls the way some critics were concerned it might.

"Let me just say something about the current environment," said the executive. "So this person knows what the show is, knows how the audience is going to respond to it, knows how it's going to impact history, right? This certainty that says, 'We can't have conversations, we can't make art, we can't have nuance, I won't even wait to pronounce judgment on it,' is toxic in the media environment."

Langraf went on to note that he "believes very, very strongly" in the project. "I've read it, I think it's great. I don't believe it's going to determine who is the next president of the United States," he said. Of the notion that it could influence 2020 results, he added: "I think that's a little hysterical, from my standpoint."

The point of the series, which Monica Lewinsky is joining as a producer, is to be revisionist history, noted Landgraf. "We look at moments in time that involve crimes that can be looked at with much more nuance and more complexity in the fullness of time," he explained. "And I feel completely unabashed about my pride for American Crime Story and my belief that this is a completely valid cycle of American Crime Story."

Landgraf also took subtle digs at free-spending streamer Netflix &mdash noting FX will continue to curate its brand &mdash while addressing plans to further expand scripted and unscripted originals. The executive also noted that his network faced a "big hurdle" at the Emmys this year without The Americans which ended and new seasons of American Crime Story and Atlanta. Here are other highlights from Landgraf's TCA remarks:  

&bull About FX's content expansion plans &hellip Landgraf stressed FX will continue to increase its output but would "remain measured" in its approach. "Some move fast &hellip and that seems like a good strategy," he said in a subtle dig at Netflix and its volume business, "but for FX, that's never worked that's not our philosophy. We're at our best when we move deliberately and focus on our brand while providing every one of our creators a level of personal attention." Pointing out that this was FX's first TCA as part of the Disney fold, he noted that the outlook was matched the culture at his new parent company. "As we enter new era at Disney, we're cranking up the creative engines to a higher level than ever before," he said. He pointed to the deep roster of creators and executives that Disney has in its fold after acquiring Fox's TV studios. "The new structure &hellip allows FX to have unparalleled access to great creative talent," he said. "Andhow we maintain quality and focus as we're scaling up."  

&bull About that brand filter &hellip After running through an impressive roster of star-studded scripted originals that includes Cate Blanchett limited series Mrs. America, A Teacher, The Old Man and the highly anticipated take on Y: The Last Man, Landgraf said every single show on his network has gone through what he called the "FX curatorial filter" as he again stressed the importance of building brands in a cluttered landscape. "Every show will be one of quality and brand specificity," he added. Pointing to FX's new docuseries slate, the exec stressed that FX will become a "more valuable brand" and "one of the most original programmers in the originals business." Landgraf singled out Amazon's Emmy-nominated comedy Fleabag as an example of quality programming that is able to rise above the clutter and compared finding quality originals to separating fact from fiction in journalism. "There's a lot of really good stuff that gets swamped by volume," he said. "Facts get overwhelmed with fiction quality gets overwhelmed with mediocrity. How do you find quality?" he noted. "Our reels don't become more generic over time but less generic. We're much more focused and specific and trying to help the audience cut down the morass of the infinite number of programs."

&bull About those declining Emmy nominations &hellip Landgraf acknowledged he knew FX would have a "challenging" year when it came to awards season without American Crime Story and Atlanta which were both on hiatus. Those two shows accounted for 33 of FX's 50 Emmy nominations a year ago. Landgraf pointed out that rookies Pose, What We Don in the Shadows and limited series Fosse/Verdon helped get the network over that "big hurdle." Those three new series accounted for 25 of those missing 33 nominations. "We take that as a big win," he said. Both Pose and What We Do in the Shadows are ongoing series that have already been renewed for additional seasons.

&bull Peak TV update: Landgraf said the current tally of scripted originals sits at 335 through June &mdash up 5 percent year-over-year. If that pace holds, the tally would grow to 520 for 2019 &mdash another new record which would be up from 495 last year.

TCA | Television Critics Association FX

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Published on 09 Jul 1919
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As if you didn't know, casting for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of their classic 1989 animated movie The Little Mermaid is underway with recent addition Halle Bailey as Ariel. Awkwafina as Scuttle, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Jacob Tremblay as Flounder have all been discussed but aren't currently confirmed. Today we have word that Terry Crews and Guy Fieri want to throw their hats into the underwater ring as well for the roles of King Triton and Ursula the Sea Witch.

You can go ahead and check out both Terry Crews' and Guy Fieri's Twitter posts below if you don't believe me!

While sadly Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri is joking about his casting as Ursula, I genuinely think The Ridiculous 6 and Sorry to Bother You star Terry Crews would make a killer King Triton. If, you know, The Dark Tower and Hobbs & Shaw actor Idris Elba isn't up for the part. But let's get back to the super-serious subject of Guy Fieri snagging a role in this new version of The Little Mermaid for a minute. While the role of Ursula seems to be taken by Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call actress Melissa McCarthy, I see no reason whatsoever that Fieri couldn't snag up the role of Prince Eric's angry personal chef, Chef "Les Poissons" Louis. You know the one. Sounds like good enough casting to me! Gordon Ramsay and Giada De Laurentiis could work as well.

Related: Lizzo Plots to Steal Ursula Role from Melissa McCarthy in Disney's Little Mermaid

Mary Poppins Returns and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall is set to take the helm of this live-action version of The Little Mermaid. He will do so from a screenplay written by Jane Goldman Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Woman in Black and David Magee Mary Poppins Returns, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen. So far we know that the movie will feature Grown-ish and Chloe x Halle star Halle Bailey as Ariel. Rumored casting includes Jumanji: The Next Level and The Angry Birds Movie 2 breakout Awkwafina as Scuttle, Can You Ever Forgive Me? and The Happytime Murders star Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Good Boys and Before I Wake young actor Jacob Tremblay as Flounder.

Meanwhile, the original 1989 animated classic featured the voice work of actress Jodi Benson as Ariel and Ursula's human er-ego, Vanessa, along with Christopher Daniel Barnes as Prince Eric, Pat Carroll as Ursula, Samuel E Wright as Sebastian, and Jason Marin as Flounder. Kenneth Mars joined them as the voice of King Triton, along with Buddy Hackett as Scuttle, Paddi Edwards as Flotsam and Jetsam, Ben Wright as Grimsby, and René Auberjonois as the above-mentioned Chef Louis. Aladdin and The Great Mouse Detective directors Ron Clements and John Musker took the helm of the original underwater adventure and Musker also produced along with Howard Ashman. Alan Menken provided the classic animated movie with its music while Mark Hester edited it all together. Buena Vista Pictures released The Little Mermaid into a theater near you back on November 17, 1989. The $40 million animated motion picture managed to snag a stellar $233 million at the box-office back in 1989. Not too shabby. These fun casting updates come to us from Terry Crews on Twitter alongside Guy Fieri..

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Published on 04 Jun 1919
movie news FX Leads Critics Poll for Best Basic Cable Network

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Ever since Julia Child’s syndicated cooking show premiered on PBS, American attitudes towards our stoves have been steadily evolving. These days, even casual home cooks know how to ready an emulsion and can whip up a roux in their sleep. That makes food TV the perfect “comfort watch” - easy on the eyes and instructive at the same time.

You can find both cutting edge shows and historical curiosities, streaming on Hulu, which has an ever-growing library of food shows from around the world. Here are ten of our favorite food shows streaming on Hulu right now.

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Travel Channel

1. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

2 seasons, 30 episodes | IMDb: 8.4/10

A precursor to his Parts Unknown days, Bourdain’s travels in No Reservations are strictly about his love of food. He hops from fermented shark in Iceland to crawfish in Texas with ease, focusing on the delicacies in each of the cities/countries he visits and what they say about the culture and the people living there.

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Buzzfeed

2. Worth It

5 seasons, 47 episodes | IMDb: 8.7/10

This Buzzfeed series takes a wholly inventive approach to the classic food show formula. Food lovers Steven and Andrew, along with cameraman Adam, try delicious foods at three prices: affordable, middle tier, and luxury. At the end of each episode, they decide which gave the most bang for their buck. Each installment clocks in under 20 minutes which makes this a perfect binge-watch and the guys answer some tough questions about food. Like, is a $1000 bagel really better than a $1 bagel? These are the mysteries we all need answered.

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NBC Universal

3.Top Chef

15 seasons, 231 episodes | IMDb: 7.6/10

If you’re not following Vince Mancini’s recaps of America’s premiere show about cooking and backstabbing, now’s a good time to get caught up on all fifteen seasons. Oh, and they’ve also got a long run of Top Chef: Masters on Hulu to boot. Do it to experience the joy, yet again, of rooting against Ed and Marcel.

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ITV

4. The Wine Show

2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8.9/10

Technically, this show is about wine more than food, but it pays to know how to pair a glass with a hunk of premium meat right? The real appeal of this series, which follows Matthew Goode Downton Abbey and Matthew Rhys The Americans as the galavant across the Italian countryside, sipping Chardonnays and Merlots, nibbling on delicacies, and learning the ins-and-outs of the wine trade is the chemistry between the two men. Rhys is a giggling mess half the time and Goode is a cheeky bastard.

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Food Network

5. Chopped

12 seasons, 153 episodes | IMDb: 7.5/10

Chopped has all the ingredients of a truly great cooking show. It’s got a likable host, a rotating trio of knowledgeable and sharp-tongued judges, and it regularly features contestants whose talents match their inspiring backstories. Things can get heated quick in this competition series, which asks home cooks to prepare three dishes using “secret” ingredients they’re only allowed to uncover once the timer starts counting down, but ultimately, it’s up to a few professionals to make the final decision on who gets chopped.

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Food Network

6. Beat Bobby Flay

5 seasons, 61 episodes | IMDb: 6.2/10

Watching an amateur chef go head-to-head against a professional in front of a studio audience sounds like a recipe for disaster but somehow, Bobby Flay’s reality competition never seems too one-sided. Sure, Flay comes out on top more times than not after tasking two home cooks with battling it out in the kitchen to see who will cook against him in the final round, but the guy gives his lower ranking chefs their due, complimenting them, encouraging them, and yes, trash talking them.

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Food Network

7. Cutthroat Kitchen

7 seasons, 91 episodes | IMDb: 7.2/10

Alton Brown hosts what amounts to Chopped With Whammy Rounds, as four chefs compete to win $25,000. But the twist is, they can spend their prize money to handicap their opponents, taking away ingredients, adding unnecessary steps, or just annoying them. Basically, if there’s ever been a moment where you’ve wished an obnoxious cooking show contestant bad karma, this show is for you.

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Food Network

8. Guy’s Grocery Games

4 seasons, 45 episodes | IMDb: 6.1/10

Yes, Food Network staple Diners, Drive-Ins, And Dives is also on Hulu, but for our money, this oddball game show, a mix of Supermarket Sweep and cooking competition, is weirdly even more soothing and fun. Even if we’re completely convinced that pyramid is rigged. How do they get the worst ingredient every time?

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Travel Channel

9. Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern

5 seasons, 24 episodes | IMDb: 7.9/10

Another pioneer, well before Anthony Bourdain was acting like nobody went places and ate things, Zimmern was going to places and eating whatever they handed him. The title of the show may have been a little judgy, but Zimmern himself was an open-minded, thoughtful food advocate who encouraged Americans to eat something a little, or extremely, different.

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10. Kitchen Nightmares

6 seasons, 92 episodes | IMDb: 7.4/10

Gordon Ramsay’s earned a reputation for being a bit of a prick in the kitchen but that attitude serves him well on this show, in which he visits failing restaurants across the country and helps them get back on their feet. The stories can be heartbreaking, frustrating, or a bit of both, but count on Ramsay to deliver his no-nonsense attitude and revamp these tired eateries.

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Viceland

11. F*ck, That’s Delicious

3 seasons, 30 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10

Granted, the rapper Action Bronson is an unlikely guide to the food world. But before he hit the stage, he was a professional kitchen worker. And his tour of the smaller spots in the cities he visits paired with the hilarious chemistry between himself and his team makes for a show that often lives up to its title

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Food Network

12. Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que

3 seasons, 25 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10

Michael Symon goes shamelessly and joyfully carnivore in a tour of the country that focuses on barbecue joints, burger places, and craft beer. Particularly useful is the Symon Says segment, which highlights his favorite dishes and a good beer pairing.

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NBC

13. Naturally, Danny Seo

3 seasons, 59 episodes | IMDb: 8.8/10

An all-ages show aimed at teaching kids and parents who are new to this whole vegetarian thing the basics of eating hehy, how to pair it with exercise, and how to keep your kitchen as green as you can. It’s definitely for kids, and thus is fairly basic, but it’s a great Saturday morning show for families.

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Viceland

14. Huang’s World

2 seasons, 18 episodes | IMDb: 7.8/10

Eddie Huang’s name might sound familiar, especially if you’re a fan of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, the show based on his early beginnings as a child stuck between two cultures. The real Huang though is something of a foodie, as this Viceland series proves. From exploring ethnic food in Toronto to studying L.A.’s history of drive-thru joints, Huang excels when he’s teaching his audience about cultural norms, how they relate to the food we love and doing it all from a unique point of view.

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Youtube

15. Tasty 101

4 seasons, 33 episodes

You know those Facebook videos you scroll past, usually involving easy recipes geared toward people who are constantly making some sort of casserole? Well, Tasty 101 takes that format and turns it into a quick, simple cooking education for new cooks. Not sure how to handle a knife, roast in a cast iron, or otherwise work in the kitchen? Now you do.

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