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anindependentguinevere said: What is your all-time favorite TV show and why?
This is difficult. Shows come and go, and what was once a favorite may stop being one after a while. I’ll give you two that have been favorites and that I will watch reruns of over and over.
1. Futurama - It’s hilarious and nerdy in all the right ways. The writers not only include references to all sorts of pop-culture, but some of them have advanced degrees in math or science. For an episode a couple of years ago, they actually wrote a complex mathematical proof to solve the problem the characters had. It also has an emotional core that they never forget.
2. Good Eats - I love food. I love to eat. I also love to make food and feed others. Alton Brown took the standard “stand and stir” cooking show and turned it completely upside down. He brought in skits, puppets, history, anthropology, science, humor and homages to all sorts of books, tv shows and movies. The show is entertaining, but is really education at heart. He saw himself as a teacher when he was making the show, and the amount I learn just from watching is amazing. The episode I always use as an example of just how different it is from every other cooking show and how effective he is at teaching is “American Slicer”. This episode is about knives. Not about a dish or an ingredient, just a knife. He goes from the very basics of how knives are made, to metallurgy and the composition of alloys to the basic knife functions like chop, pare and slice. He doesn’t mention any recipes. He just talks about how to use the knife. When he gets to the end of the show, all of a sudden, he takes the ingredients he’s been using the entire episode to demonstrate technique and shows that it’s the basis for a recipe. A couple other quick additions, including one new knife trick, and it’s a second recipe. It goes from technique to application in an instant in a way that no one else ever does. On top of all that, the show is always a lot of fun.