Project Runway: The Future is Here Season 17, Ep 2
The designers work in teams of three to create mini collections that highlight a specific A. Human Body Modification
Project Runway: First Impressions Season 17, Ep 1
Sixteen designers arrive in New York City; the designers showcase their best looks, then, they meet their mentor, Christian Siriano; the designers must create a look inspired by some of the the biggest names in fashion but with a twist. [more inside]
Top Chef: Holy Macau! Season 16, Ep 13
The five remaining contestants head to Macau for the beginning of the end of 'Top Chef' season 16. [more inside]
Fourteen recruits go through the selection process for the United Kingdom’s Special Operations Executive, a secret army of illegal officers drawn from ordinary people, created during the second world war to go behind enemy lines and bring down the Nazis.
Forged in Fire: Season 2: All Episodes (2016) Season 2, Ep 0
New challenges for the bladesmiths, and, for the first time, some contestants are women. [more inside]
Forged in Fire: Forged In Fire, Season 1 (2015) Season 1, Ep 0
Knife- and sword-making blacksmiths (bladesmiths) from around the US compete to make strong, sharp, elegant weapons in this History Channel game show. In each episode, four bladesmiths each forge a knife blade under time and materials constraints. The best three then add handles to and polish/finish their blades, and the two finalists then each get 5 days at their home forges to re-create a historic weapon. [more inside]
Top Chef: Now That's a Lot of Schnitzel Season 15, Ep 6
For the Quickfire, Padma and Richard Blais inspire the chefs using Tasty online videos and challenge them to transform the most laborious dishes from their own menus into accessible thirty minute dishes for home cooks. Then, celebrated German chef, Keegan Gerhard, exposes the chefs to authentic Germanic food and tasks them with creating a delicious and unique Top Chef Beer Garden by putting their own spin on the cuisine and pairing a German-inspired dish with a radler. Who will be saying auf wiedersehen? (Summary from Bravo)
Top Chef: This Is Not Glamping Season 15, Ep 5
In a competition first, Tom surprises the chefs with a twist that changes the game. After the shock wears off, the chefs are sent camping to make a 5-star meal outdoors, only to learn an unexpected storm welcomes them with a fresh blanket of snow forcing them to pull out every trick in their playbooks. With only a few heat sources and limited local ingredients, the chefs must get resourceful if they want to remain in the running. Chef Naomi Pomeroy joins the judges in the beautiful but chilly Colorado Mountains. (Summary from Bravo)
Top Chef: Little Tools, Big Challenge Season 15, Ep 4
The chefs channel their inner child to make upscale versions of kid menu classics for Curtis Stone, Padma, and kids of local culinarians. But there’s a catch, they can only use child-sized cookware, utensils and mixers creating more than pint-sized problems. Then, after a visit to a food incubator assisting immigrant women, the chefs must dig deep into their roots to present dishes based on their own heritage for Immigrant food influencers, including Alon Shaya, Nilou Motamed and Mourad Lahlou. (Summary from Bravo)
Top Chef: Keep on Truckin Season 15, Ep 3
In a Sudden Death Quickfire based on the iconic Denver omelet, the intensity in the kitchen is egg-ceptional as one chef completely cracks under the pressure in one of the most gut wrenching eliminations in Top Chef history as judged by Padma, Tom and Chef Lachlan Patterson. Then, the cheftestants tap into their college palates as they make dishes in food trucks for students in Boulder. Internet sensation, Logan Paul helps wrangle the diners and Chef Hosea Rosenberg joins the judges for indulgent, hangover inspired food. (Summary from Bravo)
Top Chef: Smile and Say Mise Season 15, Ep 2
In one of Top Chef's signature Quickfires, the chefs battle against each other in a fierce Mise En Place relay. Then, acclaimed local Chef Alex Seidel invites the group to his farm to learn about his take on farm-to-table cuisine. There, they are tasked with creating a progressive meal incorporating a mystery ingredient from the farm into each dish. In this first team challenge, the sparks fly as the chefs get to know each other. (Summary from Bravo)
Top Chef: It'll Take More than Pot Luck Season 15, Ep 1
A diverse group of chefs enter the Top Chef kitchen in Denver and are immediately put to work, tasked with making a pot luck dish to introduce themselves to the judges and their fellow competitors. Then the cheftestants prepare their modern take on a meat and potatoes dish for a blow-out block party in Larimer Square with 200 diners and Denver's biggest culinary names, including Hosea Rosenberg, Troy Guard, Frank Bonanno and Gregory Gourdet. The chefs learn the importance of the phrase 'first impressions are everything.' (Summary from Bravo)
Fargo: The Lord of No Mercy Season 3, Ep 6
Gloria and Winnie get closer to the truth; Emmit tries to make things right; Nikki and Ray prepare for payback; Varga cleans up a mess. [more inside]
I've just started watching the Japanese reality TV show Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City. It has been described as a show that 'fixes what's broken in reality TV' as it 'finds meaning in mundane human interaction'. Are there any MeFites who have been watching it and want to discuss? Episode-by-episode or whole-series?
Is anyone else out there watching the new US reality show Hunted based on the UK show of the same name? It premiered Sunday, January 22 and there's another episode coming Wednesday. It's pretty ridiculous, but I'd love to chat about it.
Top Chef: Something Old, Something New Season 14, Ep 1
Eight new chefs and eight returning chefs battle it out in Charleston, SC.
Spoiler-friendly zone for discussing Society Game, a Korean variety show broadly similar to Survivor. [more inside]
UnREAL: UnREAL Season 2 Discussion Season 2, Ep 0
This post is ground-breaking as it's the first UnREAL post to discuss all of season 2. We're changing the world here.
Is an "all season" post appropriate to discuss stuff that comes out before the show's premiere? [more inside]
Top Chef: Finale Season 13, Ep 15
To kick things off in the finale, Tom Colicchio shows off his cooking chops (just because he can). Then, the cheftestants' mentors show up to assist them in the final challenge: a four-course meal with a different key ingredient highlighted in each course. Familiar faces from earlier in the season return to pitch in as well.
Top Chef: Magic Hour Season 13, Ep 14
Three chefs become four chefs as the winner of Last Chance Kitchen returns. Then they become two chefs, as two are eliminated before next week's finale. [more inside]
Top Chef: Where It All Started Season 13, Ep 13
Artisanal toast, a quickfire elimination, and a stint in the Fleur De Lys kitchen! Familiar faces from past seasons of Top Chef (and Top Chef Masters) abound.
Top Chef: Wok This Way Season 13, Ep 12
The cheftestants compete to chop their best suey for the quickfire challenge. Several previously-eliminated chefs return to help with the elimination challenge: developing a fast-casual dining concept!
Top Chef: Hammer Time Season 13, Ep 11
Oakland & San Francisco! For the quickfire, the remaining 7 chefs create rap personas & matching dishes to serve to culturally relevant rap icon MC Hammer. For the elimination challenge, our chefs traverse time, space, and the San Francisco Public Library!
Top Chef: Restaurant Wars, Part II Season 13, Ep 10
PART DEUX! It's time for dinner service. Phillip shows off his chest tats to the customers.
Top Chef: Restaurant Wars, Part I Season 13, Ep 9
The chefs sing the "Restaurant Wars" song, and two teams go head-to-head as they prepare to open their own Chair Lunch Dinner.
Top Chef: Where's the Beef? Season 13, Ep 8
The chefs get super soigné during the quickfire. For the elimination, 3 teams go head-to-head at a beefsteak banquet and make a lot of dick jokes.
Top Chef: Back in the Day Season 13, Ep 7
Familiar faces abound! Antonia Lofaso returns to Top Chef to judge the quickfire. The chefs look back 10 years with their main dishes and get emotional. Michael Voltaggio walks around the kitchen with Tom and intimidates the contestants with his calm intensity. Mei Lin makes an appearance at the dinner table.
Top Chef: Banannaise Season 13, Ep 6
San Diego! Fish tacos! A lobster freakout! A plating mishap! Sudden death quickfire! Judges' brew! Banannaise! Emeril! Blais!
Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen Season 13, Ep 0
The Last Chance Kitchen is a web series featuring challenges in which the ousted chefs compete for a chance to re-enter the main competition. Each week, two or more chefs compete against each other in the Top Chef kitchen, with the results judged solely by Tom Colicchio. The winner(s) of each week moves on to face the next eliminated Top Chef contestant(s), while the loser is eliminated from the competition for good. The champion of the Last Chance Kitchen returns to compete in the season finale.
Top Chef: Big Gay Wedding Season 13, Ep 5
The chefs make "date" dishes for the quickfire, and cater a wedding for 25 gay couples (officiated by Padma!) for the elimination challenge. The inimitable Art Smith shows up to renew his vows and serve as guest judge.
MythBusters: The Final Season (2016) Season 14, Ep 0
MythBusters is coming to a close, and by all indications it will be going out with a bang. This final season will focus each episode on an iconic category of myth from seasons past, including physics, explosions, human behavior, vehicles, viral videos, viewer suggestions, and more. [more inside]
Top Chef: It's a Dry Heat Season 13, Ep 4
The chefs hang out with Jose Andres in the desert. Teams compete in a progressive meal competition. Padma goes golfing.
Top Chef: Pop Up Pandemonium Season 13, Ep 2
To better introduce the Chefs to the city of Los Angeles, Padma challenges them to create and open four distinct pop-up restaurants reflecting the culture of the respective neighborhoods they land in. Tom, Padma, Gail and guest judge and Pop-Up King Ludo Lefebvre eat their way through Mexican, Persian, Korean, and even Vegan cuisine to pick the best dish that celebrates LA's mosaic of cultures.
Top Chef: Stop the Presses Season 13, Ep 1
A collection of the country's best Chefs converge in Los Angeles where they will hit the road and compete in six cities across the Golden State. To get their feet wet, the Chefs face off in a fan favorite Quickfire challenge. Then, the Chefs must make dishes that stand out for a group of top food critics and reporters in order to survive the first elimination.
The Man in the High Castle: The Illustrated Woman Season 1, Ep 3
Joe and Juliana must act quickly as a vicious bounty hunter known as The Marshal arrives in Canon City. Tagomi makes plans with Wegener to pass valuable secrets from the Reich, and Frank plots his revenge against the Japanese. [more inside]
Anyone else following History Channel's Alone? I just started watching it and I am definitely interested in talking about how this is all playing out so far. If you're not familiar, it's a reality show which drops 10 self-proclaimed survivalists onto an island filled with cougars, bears, wolves and rain and sees how long they can last. [more inside]
Project Runway: It's All In The Cards Season 14, Ep 2
It's time for the unconventional challenge. As usual some designers struggle while others shine (or at least glitter). [more inside]
Project Runway: Mad Dash Mayhem Season 14, Ep 1
Project Runway is off to a running start for season fourteen. There are sixteen new contestants who in Tim Gunn's words are "the best of the best in fashion", albeit with big lumps of coal up their rear ends. And not everyone manages to produce diamonds. [more inside]
Survivor: It's a Fickle, Fickle Game Season 30, Ep 13
The season 30 finale and live reunion show AND the announcement of the 20 viewer-chosen second chance cast members for season 31. Spoilers galore inside.
Southern Charm: Return To Neverland Season 2, Ep 1
Overprivileged white Southerners cavort in Charleston, where having a second christening for one's out-of-wedlock baby is apparently a very scandalous thing, indeed. [more inside]
Survivor: It Will Be My Revenge Season 30, Ep 2
We see two castaways go naked, another get excluded by mean girls, and another getting the heave-ho. [more inside]
Survivor: It's Survivor Warfare Season 30, Ep 1
Season 30 begins with eighteen new players who are divided into three tribes according to their occupations (White Collar, Blue Collar, No Collar) as they attempt to become the lone survivor and claim the million dollar prize. [more inside]
Survivor: We're a Hot Mess Season 29, Ep 4
Hubris, a thrown challenge, epic stupidity, and...is that a tie dye neon rosary? What? [more inside]
Survivor: Actions vs. Accusations Season 29, Ep 3
Probably the least surprising episode Survivor has ever churned out: nearly 44 straight minutes of shitting on John Rocker! [more inside]
Survivor: Suck It Up and Survive Season 29, Ep 1
Season 29: San Juan Del Sur - Blood vs. Water begins, and the first tribe member is voted out.
MasterChef: Top 4 compete Season 5, Ep 17
It's down to four, and the penultimate episode begins with a "battle of the sexes" competition. [more inside]