@Cynamon I agree wholeheartedly. I have all the good eats on DVD and continue to watch them purely for the fun of seeing Alton Brown in action! Alton is my favorite host of Iron Chef, too. The cooking science I learned from Alton, presented in an entertaining, light hearted fashion, was a joy to behold. Good eats both cheered up my day and made me a better cook.
You know, I grew up without cable, and even my access to network TV was limited due to the family sorta muscling in with sports and reality TV for as long as I can remember, eventually my baby sister becoming the one to have control over the television. Then when I moved out, all my entertainment came from the computer as a result of not ever really having formed a connection with network television. It’s nice because I get to watch what I want when I want, but it’s difficult because I lack that cultural touchstone of having grown up watching the same movies and shows.
I can’t throw shade at the network TV cooking shows, I don’t really know any of them. I don’t like the toxicity some of them seem to be known for though. I used to work retail so I get upset when someone of means is abusing a working stiff. So I tend to watch my cooking or food content on the internet, and I tend to favor programming that’s more diverse in scope and broadly positive. Andrew Rhea, Matty Matheson, Will Sonbuchner, sometimes Alton Brown. I know some of the personalities I like had a background on television, but I couldn’t tell you what or where.
@Catburd I’m with you on that, though with a different background. I grew up with late '50s through '60s TV, but in the '70s I lost interest because the programs were getting nastier and nastier. In the '80s, I lived where broadcast TV was a bad joke and cable was overpriced, so I didn’t watch. In the '90s … y’know, I don’t remember much about the '90s. I know I was there, but it was sort of an off-color blur because the news got progressively worse. The two decades after that, I was living with someone who actively despised the idiot box. As a result, while I have lately developed a distressing YouTube habit, I don’t watch much of the mainstream product. And I don’t miss it.