I will be the first to admit that I'm often behind the times, and slow on the uptake on what's hot on TV. Thanks to Hulu, I can catch up on old episodes of programs that I like (and become a fan late in the game).
Lately, I've been avoiding all domestic responsibilities and watching Kitchen Disasters. I had a rather negative opinion of Gordon Ramsay before I started watching (based on my meager knowledge of Hell's Kitchen); I thought he was loud, arrogant, and just plain mean.
Now, I think he's loud, arrogant, and uses his meanness and intimidation and shame as a motivation tool. And maybe because the chefs on the show are also pretty arrogant, it seems to work - after some soul-searching, he gets them to see it his way. And he may be the only guy on TV who has used the F-word as every part of speech. Every show is a bleepfest.
I like to see the passion for the food, the overarching desire to succeed when the odds are stacked against them. On the other hand, I despise the whiny guys - and the ones who cry like little girls? They should grow a pair and act like a man.
There's one part of the show that gets to me most is the inspection of the kitchen and the walk-in refrigerator. I almost lose my lunch when I see the rancid fruits and vegetables, and I contemplate becoming a vegetarian every time I see a putrid piece of meat or fish. It makes me grateful that we don't have Surround Smell along with our Surround Sound.
The show has turned me into a food critic/snob - I now judge the decor of dining establishments, and avoid places that have pictures of food on the menu. And I try not to think about what might lurk in the corners of the restaurant kitchen if I see tables that are not promptly cleaned off, or a floor that needs sweeping.
And I almost shouted "Order Up!" when dinner was ready yesterday.
I hope Hulu doesn't keep statistics on my viewing habits...I'd hate to have Gordon Ramsay show up at home and inspect MY refrigerator.
What would be the scariest thing he'd find in YOURS?