My husband and I enjoy a wide variety of TV shows from Glee to Modern Family to Vampire Diaries (guilty pleasure) to Dexter to Mad Men to Fringe. And we’re pretty interested in “real” reality shows, like documentaries and stuff on the History Channel, etc. Along with American Idol, which probably doesn’t fall into the “real” reality show category since it’s overproduced so much, though I think it’s still better that way than say The Bachelor!
All that to say that we’ve started in on a possible new favorite “real” reality show: “Man v. Food” on the Travel Channel. The first couple of seasons showed up on Netflix Instant, so we added them to our queue awhile back. We occasionally like to just see what stuff is like on a whim and this show fit the bill a couple nights ago. I think we are hooked.
The premise is that the “man” travels to different locale and takes on extreme eating challenges, like a 72 oz. steak dinner in under and hour or 6 of the hottest wings known to man. That kind of thing. Along with the challenges, he usually visits a couple local favorites in that particular city beforehand and experiences the recommended fare. So far we’ve been extremely disappointed that while we lived in Cincinnati for 5 years, we were completely unaware of an amazing German homemade sausage house in Columbus, a mere 2 hours away, that promotes an “autobahn” homemade sausage buffet and a selection of ½ lb. homemade cream puffs for dessert (the sausage tempted Jake, but the cream puffs brought me on board). And we really want to visit Pittsburgh someday now, but can’t really come up with any good excuses to do so other than just to eat. That doesn’t seem like a good enough reason yet, I guess.
Did I mention we’ve only watched 5 episodes so far?! We could definitely do without the weird interview stuff at the very end of each episode. But the rest is definitely fun. He's a bit over-the-top at times, but I'm sure that makes for more interesting TV, too.