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The Travel Channel is known for creating some truly interesting shows centered around the concept of far off places and 'Bizarre Foods staring Andrew Zimmern is no exception. The show was originally conceived as a one hour special that was shot documentary-style in Asia. The hour-long special followed a host as he tried different regional delicacies and odd concoctions; stopping every so often to explain the history behind the dish being tasted. The documentary was so well received that it was turned into a weekly show; the show still is shot as a documentary, but now incorporates food from around the globe.

Each week Zimmern finds himself in an entirely new location ready to try completely absurd dishes that pass as food in the nation in question. Zimmern is a brave soul; consistently trying items that would make most people lose their lunch in mere seconds. The show enjoyed six international seasons and was consistently rated highly by critics and audiences alike.

In 2012, the show was re-titled Bizarre Foods America. The show's format remains the same with the entire series being shot as a documentary. The episodes remained an hour long and Andrew Zimmern remains on as the host of the show. The focus, however, changed from bizarre foods around the globe to the delicacies and regional delights found right in the United States.

Previously, while simply Bizarre Foods the show had episodes that featured United States Locations. In the final season of the original production the Zimmern visited both Pennsylvania and Chicago. In Pennsylvania he sampled scrapple and snapping turtle soup; to regional dishes. While in Chicago, Zimmern sampled Korean fermented cabbage tacos; something you'll find only in Chicago.

No reason was given for the show's switched focus, but the new focus remains just as popular with critics and audiences.

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Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on Travel Channel
12 Seasons, 139 Episodes - Currently Airing
Food, Travel
8.8/10
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  • Andrew heads to the Florida Keys to hunt iguana and spear lionfish.

  • Andrew learns about monkfish liver and goat heart in Atlanta.

  • Andrew tastes some of Peru's delicacies including frog smoothies, giant Amazonian snails and fried guinea pig.

  • Andrew samples caiman and giant jungle rodents in exotic Columbia.

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