Top 10 list in which Good Eats made #10: http://www.teevee.org/archive/2000/12/22
Ten for 2000
TeeVee: December 22, 2000
by Jason Snell
Back in the early days of TeeVee -- when this Web site was just
an informal mailing list among a small group of friends, and not the
massive corporate entity it is today -- I used to mail out an annual Top
10 TV Shows list. What prompted me to do it, I can't rightly say, except
to suggest that I was writing a book at the time and was desperately
looking for anything to distract me, especially if it came in the way of
an argument from the group of people who would end up being known as The Vidiots.
Now, as the year 2000 draws to a close, I figure it's time to revive
the tradition. And looking back on my lists from 1995 and 1996, I can say
with certainty that The X-Files, my favorite show of both those
years, is on this list at all. Neither are other list-makers from the
mid-'90s like Frasier, ER, and Friends. Times have changed.
Will this article be the beginning of an avalanche of end-of-year
favorites lists? I don't know. But in any event, I figure it's a good way
to see the year 2000 to a close and fill some valuable
everyone's-gone-for-the-holidays space on the web site. Onward!
10. Good Eats, Food Network. Never in a million years
would I expect that there would be a show on the Food Network that would
eclipse Iron Chef as my favorite. And yet, here we are. Alton
Brown's funny, pop-culture-literate, and (most importantly of all)
accessible cooking show is the best example of how-to information on the
air today. Brown manages to do what all the other hosts can't: check his
ego at the door and inspire his audience to get out of their La-Z-Boys and
cook the same good food he's cooking.
I have recommended Good Eats to numerous friends and family members,
just as it was recommended to me by
our own Chris Rywalt. Many of them have been skeptical at first; but
after watching a few episodes, not one of them has been disappointed.
Jason Snell is the editor of a technology-magazine Website, the founder
and editor of the online fiction magazine InterText,
and the editor of TeeVee. He has written 55 TeeVee articles and 11 Station