2018 was a banner year for food and travel TV. Netflix has changed the game in almost every way, through both the quality of their programming and quantity. If we’re being honest, there are so many food and travel shows now, it’s starting to get a little hard to keep up with them all — especially as a casual viewer.
That’s okay. We’ve watched it all so you don’t have to, and we’ve picked the ten most memorable moments from food and travel TV in 2018. Of course, any list like this is pretty subjective. Our picks are meant to hype up the shows that brought us closer together as humans and lifted us up in unique ways. Many of them played with new places, ideas, and even formats.
These are the moments that inspired us to hit the road or finally tackle that seemingly impossible recipe. You don’t have to agree on every pick, but you have to admit: 2018 was a hell of a year to watch a little lifestyle TV.
8. Dark Tourist (Netflix)
Dark Tourist walked a very fine line between the western gaze and real connection on the fringes of the planet. Journalist David Farrier traveled the world and hung out with death cults, hitmen, World War II re-enactors, and voodoo priests, among others.
Where the show truly shines is in Farrier’s ability to treat those places and people without judgement. Instead, we’re treated to an honest-feeling portrayal of travel and connection via experiences that few will ever chase. It was a breath of fresh air.