Food: Fact or Fiction?

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  • TV-G
  • 2015
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.9  (126)

Food: Fact or Fiction? is a food-based television show that first aired on the Cooking Channel in 2015. The show is presented by Michael McKean, Dan Kohler, and Karl Hess, who investigate the origins and truths behind common food myths and legends. Throughout the show, the hosts explore various culinary themes and topics, from food history and culture to popular food beliefs and misconceptions. They dig deep into the origins of foods, their cultural significance, and the evolution of their preparation over time. The show also explores the science behind various food ingredients and debunking myths about the safety and health effects of certain foods.

The episodes are generally structured around a single theme or topic, featuring segments on various foods and culminating in a revealing conclusion that unveils the truth about the episode's central theme or myth. The topics range from foods that are widely considered to be aphrodisiacs, to the origins of chicken wings, to the secrets of popcorn.

One of the unique features of the show is its use of humor throughout the episodes. The hosts' funny and lighthearted approach helps make the show accessible to viewers who may not be hardcore foodie enthusiasts, and adds a light-hearted touch to the often-serious topics they explore.

Throughout the series, viewers are taken on a culinary journey through time, exploring how various foods have been prepared throughout history, and how they've evolved to become the dishes we know and love today. Often, the show poses questions about the origins of certain foods, and whether they really are authentic to the cultures they supposedly come from.

One of the other interesting aspects of the show is that it offers educational information about the science and nutrition behind the foods we eat. The hosts often delve into the nutritional value of foods, debunking myths about diet and nutrition, and giving viewers insight into the benefits and drawbacks of different ingredients.

All in all, Food: Fact or Fiction? is an entertaining and informative food-based show that is suitable for a wide range of audiences. The hosts' fun and humorous approach to exploring the myths and legends surrounding food makes it all the more engaging, while the educational tidbits that are peppered throughout the show make it perfect for anyone who is interested in learning more about the foods they eat.

Food: Fact or Fiction? is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (65 episodes). The series first aired on October 26, 2015.

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Backyard Bbq
26. Backyard Bbq
June 3, 2019
How barbecues can help increase brainpower; discovering Korean barbecue; and more.
25. Summertime
May 27, 2019
Michael McKean puts the spotlight on some summertime dishes.
Tasting Is Believing
24. Tasting Is Believing
May 20, 2019
Michael McKean reveals the flavors held near and dear are not always what they appear! He'll show us how apple pie could go crackers, why seaweed is giving bacon a run for its money and how texture can totally determine taste.
23. Potlucky
May 13, 2019
Michael McKean shares how the potluck got started. He discovers how the casserole began as just a pan, why chocolate sheet cake is a Texas treasure and when potlucks first became bring-and-share bashes.
Fire In The Hole
22. Fire In The Hole
May 6, 2019
Michael McKean features some fiery hot foods, including vindaloo, wasabi, and jerk chicken.
Layers Of Flavors
21. Layers Of Flavors
April 29, 2019
Host Michael McKean layers it on thick as he digs into lovely layered feasts! He'll find out if club sandwiches were once for members only, how tiramisu tried to take coffee's job and why London may lay claim to lasagna.
20. Deli-licious
April 22, 2019
Host Michael McKean is ready to fill our bellies with delicious dishes from the deli. He's checking out how the bagel met cream cheese and lox, why black and white cookies keep the gray away and when pastrami on rye first piled things high.
Paradise Nosh
19. Paradise Nosh
April 15, 2019
Michael McKean finds out how poke started cooking without gas; why the Mai Tai became tied to tiki bars; and if Hawaiian pizza is from the Great White North.
My Kind of Town
18. My Kind of Town
March 14, 2019
Michael McKean goes to Chicago to try out its pizza, brownies, and saganaki's flames.
Into the Wild
17. Into the Wild
March 7, 2019
Michael McKean finds his bearings and heads out into the wild blue yonder! On this appetizing adventure, he'll discover if a classic cobbler helped Lewis and Clark, whether Girl Scout Cookies can save the planet and if urban foraging can help us all feel happier.
Tea Time
16. Tea Time
February 28, 2019
Michael McKean discovers espionage's role in obtaining English breakfast; the egg salad sandwich's complicated chemistry; and matcha tea.
Bon Appetit
15. Bon Appetit
February 21, 2019
Michael McKean is all berets and baguettes as he digs into a few of France's feasts. He comes across crepes, coq au vin, and croissants.
Play With Your Food
14. Play With Your Food
February 14, 2019
Michael McKean turns plates into a playground as he finds out the stories behind some fun foods.
War And Peace
13. War And Peace
February 7, 2019
Michael McKean solves the Cuban Missile Crisis with chop suey; runs the redcoats out with cornbread; and keeps the peace with a little kimchi.
Vegas, Baby
12. Vegas, Baby
January 31, 2019
Michael McKean visits Vegas. He finds out how prime rib lured everyone to Sin City and why prohibition poured a shrimp cocktail.
Dip It Good
11. Dip It Good
January 24, 2019
Cozy up with a bowl of chips because host Michael McKean has the scoop on favorite dips. He'll discover that guacamole wouldn't be good without a mailman, queso almost started a civil war and chocolate fountains are full of physics.
Gadgets And Gizmos
10. Gadgets And Gizmos
December 13, 2018
Waffle irons, stand mixers, and refrigerators are featured by Michael McKean.
Santa's Sweet Tooth
9. Santa's Sweet Tooth
December 6, 2018
Michael McKean finds out if Yule log cakes can keep evil at bay and if panettone was actually created by a Tony.
Finger Foods
8. Finger Foods
November 29, 2018
Michael McKean finds out how appetizers found their footing during Prohibition; that a king turned tapas into a tableside treat; and why food could really use people's hands.
Dishes In Disguise
7. Dishes In Disguise
November 15, 2018
Michael McKean reveals the truth behind dishes. He uncovers what it took to make turducken tick, how it takes more than magic to get soup inside soup dumplings, and how cake and pie have come together to save the world.
I'm Stuffed
6. I'm Stuffed
November 8, 2018
Michael McKean goes on a journey of some super stuffed foods. Discovering if bao are good enough to save someone's necks, if toasted ravioli are a big stuffed lie and whether knishes could once land someone in jail.
Baked Goodies
5. Baked Goodies
November 1, 2018
Michael McKean uncovers the stories behind some favorite baked goodies. He reveals that cupcakes are edible equations and explains how the whoopie pie nearly caused a civil war.
Wicked Good
4. Wicked Good
October 22, 2018
Michael McKean celebrates Halloween by investigating some wickedly tasty dishes.
Game Night
3. Game Night
October 15, 2018
Michael McKean goes into the wild to hunt for meat myths and fresh fish fibs. He calls foul on duck a l'orange with its so-called French origins and throws a line at wicked tuna to find out how people got hooked on tuna melts.
Happy Birthday
2. Happy Birthday
October 8, 2018
Michael McKean makes everyone's birthday wishes come true as he celebrates the best holiday of the year. He discovers that birthday cake was born during a revolution and that a bowl of Chinese noodles can bring you more birthdays to celebrate. Michael then continues the party by learning how eggs take the cake in Ghana.
Brunch Beauties
1. Brunch Beauties
October 1, 2018
Michael McKean skips breakfast and forgets about lunch so he can get to the bottom of brunch. He discovers how eggs Benedict was blessed by a pope and that we may have a melty mishap to thank for the croque monsieur. Michael concludes his mid-morning meal investigation by explaining how a saucy starlet named the bloody mary.
Where to Watch Food: Fact or Fiction?
Food: Fact or Fiction? is available for streaming on the Cooking Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Food: Fact or Fiction? on demand at Philo, Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 26, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (126)