School of Chocolate: School of Chocolate Season 1, Ep 0
Eight top pastry and chocolate professionals elevate their skills under the supervision of world-renowned chocolatier, Amaury Guichon. [more inside]
Fake or Fortune?: Back at the gallery, the plot thickens Season 0, Ep 0
True detective TV brimming with mystery, suspense, and art history. British art dealer and historian Philip Mould pairs with journalist and Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce to examine the provenance and attribution of questioned works of art. [more inside]
FBoy Island: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
Three women move to a tropical island where they’re joined by 24 men – 12 self-proclaimed “Nice Guys” looking for love, and 12 self-proclaimed “FBoys,” there to compete for cold, hard cash. Hosted by comedian Nikki Glaser, created by former Bachelor Executive Producer Elan Gale. On HBO. [more inside]
The Great British Sewing Bee: Semi Final Season 7, Ep 9
It's the semi-final, and the sewers go back to the 1940s. They create a pair of Oxford bags [trousers], dresses from parachutes and a Dior New Look outfit.
The Great British Sewing Bee: Music and the Movies Week Season 7, Ep 8
The sewers create a dress inspired by Dirty Dancing, a Sound of Music transformation and a disco era-inspired outfit from Dreamgirls.
The Great British Sewing Bee: Children's Week Season 7, Ep 5
For children's week, the sewers' skills are tested by romper suits, Under the Sea-themed fancy dress and raincoats for mini models.
The Great British Sewing Bee: International Week Season 7, Ep 4
The sewers go international with a French pattern, a South Asian transformation, and a final challenge inspired by Frida Kahlo.
The jewellers create cocktail rings and bib necklaces out of alternative materials.
All That Glitters week 2: chains and broaches! The jewellers are tasked first with forming interlocking chain necklaces, and then with creating a "sweetheart brooch" for a woman in the Royal Army going on tour.
Below Deck: Below Deck (all Seasons) Season 0, Ep 0
Below Deck (IMDB) is a workplace reality TV show that follows the lives of a crew on a mega-yacht during a season of short charters. Cramped quarters, wild parties obnoxious guests (Screenrant), and glamorous international locations, all proved a big draw for from season 1 in 2013 - up to an abrupt stop in season 8 when the show ran into... well...2020. The making and editing of the show is an interesting story in its own right - as a super-yacht is turned into a floating TV studio operating 24 hours a day (NYT). [more inside]
Blown Away: Season Two Season 2, Ep 0
The hot shop is open! A new batch of glass-blowing artists from around the world battle the heat, the clock and each other in 10 dynamic challenges. [more inside]
The Great British Bake Off: Week 1: Cake Season 11, Ep 1
IT'S HERE! After six weeks in a bubble the beloved baking show is back with a brand new batch of bakers. Week 1 brings Battenbergs, Bromeliaceae, and . . . busts? Airs on Channel 4 in the UK on Tuesdays and on Netflix in the US on Fridays. [more inside]
Alone: Season 6 — all episodes Season 6, Ep 0
Ten survivalists have a chance to win $500,000 by enduring the coldest location in the history of Alone: The Arctic. Participants grapple with a harsh storm out of the gate. [more inside]
Indian Matchmaking: Season 1 - all episodes Season 1, Ep 0
Matchmaker Sima Taparia guides clients in the U.S. and India in the arranged marriage process, offering an inside look at the custom in a modern era. (Netflix, 8-episode reality show) [more inside]
RuPaul's Drag Race: EP 01/02: I'm That Bitch/You Don't Know Me Season 12, Ep 1
A split premiere: E01: Kicking off Season 12, the first seven queens strut the runway in a fashion show, then rap and perform a choreographed dance in front of guest judge Nicki Minaj. E02: In part two of the Season 12 premiere, a new set of queens walks in a fashion show, then performs a Bob Fosse-inspired number in front of guest judges Thandie Newton and Robyn. [more inside]
The Circle: Full Season Season 1, Ep 1
IMDB: Players starts off isolated in an apartment, and with their online interactions as their only means of any communication. The players use a social media platform called "The Circle". [more inside]
The Great Canadian Baking Show: Season 3 Season 3, Ep 0
It's another baking show spin-off, this time in Canada! Do you long for the days of Mel and Sue? The old GBBO niceness? Praise instead of tears? Do you wish the judges had more adventurous palates? Do you miss the focus on technique? Then GCBS is for you! [more inside]
The Great British Bake Off: Biscuit Week Season 10, Ep 2
It's crunch time with Biscuit Week, starting off with a luxurious chocolate coated signature bake, then a snack with family significance for Paul and an eye-catching showstopper
The Great British Bake Off: Cake Week Season 10, Ep 1
This series kicks off with cake week, with challenges including a retro classic technical that demands precision and intricate decoration, and a showstopper birthday cake, taking the baker's dozen back to their childhoods.
Queer Eye: Queer Eye Season 4 (Full Season) Season 4, Ep 0
The Fab 5 visits Illinois and Missouri to work their magic. As one does!
Blown Away: Blown Away (Season 1) Season 1, Ep 0
Ten master artists turn up the heat in glassblowing sculpture challenges for the chance to win $60,000 in prizes and the title of champion. (Netflix premiere, Canadian TV) [more inside]
Top Chef: Finale Season 16, Ep 15
It's the final showdown; the three remaining chefs must create the best four-course meal of their lives; Tom reveals in a twist that only two chefs will get the chance to serve their full menu; only one chef will emerge victorious.
Top Chef: The Tao of Macau Season 16, Ep 14
The final four chefs must cook with the smelly durian fruit; the chefs get a tutorial on the traditional cuisine of Macau; for the elimination challenge, the chefs are tasked with blending their own heritage with Chinese flavors.
Top Chef: Kentucky Farewell Season 16, Ep 12
Tom ambushes sleeping chefs and challenges them to make a dish using ingredients harvested from their gardens. For the last elimination challenge, the chefs bid on luxury ingredients at a thoroughbred horse auction house.
Top Chef: Hoop Dreams Season 16, Ep 10
'Top Chef' alum Ed Lee drops by for a Quickfire that's part trivia, part culinary creativity. Coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats host a concession-stand cook-off in Rupp Arena. Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis joins the judges.
Top Chef: Music City USA Season 16, Ep 9
In Nashville, Tenn., the chefs cook onstage at the Grand Ole Opry for singer Hunter Hayes. Inspired by a vibrant music memory, the chefs put their hearts on a plate for musician Caleb Followill, model Lily Aldridge and chef Jonathan Waxman.
Top Chef: Carne! Season 16, Ep 7
Lena Waithe surprises the chefs, by challenging them to make their best version of the trademark Kentucky dish, the Hot Brown. Then super-chef Nancy Silverton brings her internationally renowned friend, butcher Dario Cecchini to break down a whole cow for the chefs to utilize along with locally-sourced Kentucky ingredients.
Top Chef: Roaring Munchies Season 16, Ep 6
The chefs walk in on an epic battle of Last Chance Kitchen and are drafted into the fight. Once Tom declares a winner, the chefs begin a challenge making dishes based on Prohibition Era cocktails. Chef Ken Oringer joins for a Roaring Twenties party.
Top Chef: Restaurant Wars 2 Season 16, Ep 5
The mayhem and drama continues of the biggest Restaurant Wars in the history of “Top Chef.” Tom’s announcement of a double elimination piles on even more pressure. “Top Chef” alum turned James Beard Award winning Chefs Karen Akunowicz and Nina Compton join the restaurant crawl along with Nilou Motamed and guest judge and James Beard Award winning restaurateur, Caroline Styne.
Top Chef: Kentucky: Surprise...It's Restaurant Wars Season 16, Ep 4
In a massive twist, Padma's favorite challenge Restaurant Wars comes early this year, but before the chefs gear up for battle, they must first duke it out in an amuse bouche-based Quickfire for Top Chef alum turned James Beard Award winning chefs: Karen Akunowicz and Nina Compton. Then, the gauntlet has been thrown and with twelve chefs remaining, three restaurants will be battling for victory. James Beard Award winning restaurateur Caroline Styne joins as the guest judge along with Nilou Motamed. And if this unexpected chaos isn't enough, Tom leaves the Chefs breathless with an announcement that will change the course of the competition.
Vanderpump Rules: Lisa's Dilemma Season 7, Ep 4
Katie's ultimatum forces Lisa Vanderpump to reconsider employing James at SUR; Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval display different methods of interviewing staff members for TomTom; Jax and Brittany host a dinner party to debut their beer cheese.
Top Chef: Kentucky: Naughty and Nice Season 16, Ep 3
It's holiday time for Top Chef, and Richard Blais and Brooke Williamson help spread the festive cheer by presenting a white elephant Quickfire challenge. Then, the Chefs receive an unexpected gift as Michelin starred super Chef Eric Ripert sits down with them to celebrate an elaborate traditional French Christmas dinner. However, once the last bite is taken, Padma informs the Chefs that they’re missing the final part of the tradition of Le Revillon de Noel...the presentation of 13 desserts. It's a midnight pastry free-for-all as the Chefs try to avoid being placed on the naughty list.
Top Chef: Kentucky: Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo Season 16, Ep 2
A very pregnant Gail Simmons asks the chefs to feed her cravings in a special Quickfire delivery. Then it’s time to celebrate two iconic Kentucky mainstays: local cuisine and bourbon. The Chefs head to Makers Mark, the oldest distillery in America to put their spins on a meal full of Kentucky classics including burgoo, Benedictine, mutton, hoe cakes and dumplings. This is a true battle for Kentucky as the chefs navigate their first team challenge – and one chef makes a potentially fatal shopping error. Can they recover or will they be scraping the bottom of the barrel to make it through? Food and travel editor, Nilou Motamed joins the judges this season, and Maker’s Mark’s in-house Chef, Newman Miller, sits on the panel as a guest judge.
Top Chef Kentucky begins as fifteen of the country's finest chefs are off to the races at Churchill Downs for the ride of their lives. After a lightning fast two minute mise-en-place focused Quickfire, the Chefs are challenged to make a dish that will appeal to a crowd of two hundred at a stakes-filled Kentucky Derby party. Churchill Downs' own Chef David Danielson serves as guest judge along with returning regulars Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Graham Elliot.
Six strangers share a house in snowy Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan in a reality show that's an exemplar of niceness and restraint. [more inside]
100% Hotter: Season 1 (All Episodes) Season 1, Ep 0
Netflix's 100% Hotter is "a make-under rather than a make-over show, targeting people whose style is so in your face you cannot help stop and stare while their family and friends squirm with embarrassment."
RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race: All Stars Snatch Game Season 3, Ep 4
The remaining 7 queens compete in Snatch Game, with a "Flower Power" runway theme. [more inside]
RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race: The Bitchelor Season 3, Ep 3
The queens are challenged to improvise in an unscripted dating show inspired by The Bachelor, with a runway theme of "Wigs on Wigs on Wigs". [more inside]
Project Runway: Who's Going to Fashion Week? Season 16, Ep 12
There's snow business like sew business as the designers compete to get to Fashion Week. [more inside]
The Bachelorette: Week 8 Season 1, Ep 1
Hometown dates with the final four, and twitter is in meltdown mode over everything that happened to Dean. [more inside]
Elementary: Moving Targets Season 5, Ep 22
When a reality show contestant is murdered, Holmes and Watson zero in on another competitor as a suspect, a former war criminal who may be the most skilled killer they've ever pursued. [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.
American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare Season 6, Ep 0
This year's American Horror Story has just wrapped. After a sprawling, poppy, disjointed Season 5, the show has tried some new tricks, cut down on episodes, and told a tighter story. Playing with reality and tabloid TV, Roanoke Nightmare follows a family that buys a house in rural North Carolina, the evil they uncover, and the media frenzy that follows.
American Horror Story: Chapter Eight Season 6, Ep 8
Lee, Audrey and Monet work to escape the Polks, and Shelby and Dominic work to escape the house. One group has more success than the other.
American Horror Story: Chapter Seven Season 6, Ep 7
As the Blood Moon rises, so does the body count. Agnes leaves a bloody trail, Shelby works out her issues with Matt, and a mission for help goes awry.
American Horror Story: Chapter Six Season 6, Ep 6
"My Roanoke Nightmare" is a smash hit, but having their story known has not done Shelby, Matt and Lee any favors. They return to the house for the next Blood Moon, and Three Days of Hell begin.
Is an "all season" post appropriate to discuss stuff that comes out before the show's premiere? [more inside]
The Amazing Race: The Only First That Matters Season 28, Ep 12
One team of “social media stars” wins The Amazing Race. Finally. [more inside]
The Amazing Race: That’s Money Honey Season 28, Ep 11
4 Social Media teams race from Bali to China on a race around the world. [more inside]