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The SeriesRestaurant: Impossible

Where You Can Stream It: Select episodes are available on Hulu, but I’ve been streaming them on-demand via AT&T TV.

The Pitch: Impossibly buff English chef Robert Irvine visits failing restaurants and, armed with a crew of experts and a budget of $10,000, sets out to give the dining space a much-needed facelift and inject some additional flavor into the menu. And if he saves marriages, heals familial rifts, and makes everyone feel confident about themselves along the way…gravy!

Why It’s Essential Viewing: A few weeks ago, I wrote about Bar Rescue, the addictive but shameless and grotesque show about a bloviating “expert” who “saves” failing establishments by shouting at everyone who works there, using volume and humiliation to break everyone down. But what if there was a long-running alternative to that junk food madness? What if there was a show that does everything that series claims to do, but in a way that showcases genuine humanity via a host who has an aura of kind, masculine authority that Bar Rescue‘s sweaty, screaming Jon Taffer could never, ever hope to achieve? That’s Restaurant: Impossible and host Robert Irvine.

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