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10 TV Shows to Watch Just for Their Kitchens

published Feb 7, 2020
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Some of us watch TV for entertainment. Others use it as an escape. A few seek education. 

But the home decor enthusiasts among us know that television shows can serve as fodder and inspiration for our design dreams. And we’re not just talking about HGTV shows. From scripted dramas and reality shows to sitcoms and more, there’s plenty of eye candy out there.

We decided to take a look at our 10 favorite kitchens on TV right now, including cable and streaming. Read on for our picks.

1.The Chef Show

The first episode of John Favreau and Joe Choy’s new Netflix series, The Chef Show, brought the star power by featuring Gwyneth Paltrow. Yes, she dropped some interesting revelations — like the fact that she didn’t know she was in Spider Man: Homecoming — but we were too busy being mesmerized by the kitchen to care. Ladies and gentlemen, the Goop test kitchen!

The greige Fireclay tile wall is the focal point, offering open shelving with hanging storage beneath. There’s also a spacious gas stovetop and marble-topped island with additional open storage beneath. It’s the kind of space where you just want to hang out all day — with or without Gwyneth.

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2. Big Little Lies

OK, Big Little Lies isn’t on the air at this very minute, but hear us out: HBO hasn’t commented on whether there will be a third season of its hit drama series. However, Nicole Kidman hinted to Elle that it’s a possibility. We want answers, we want our all-star female cast, and we want more of the show’s gorgeous beachfront homes. 

One kitchen that stands out is Madeline’s, a transitional-style space where form (subway tile backsplash, brushed nickel hardware, contrasting stone countertops) meets function (large center island, double gas cooktop, farmhouse sink) — perfect for this busy family. Plus, the water views make doing dishes much more palatable. 

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3. Queer Eye

There’s rarely a dry eye in the house at the end of an episode of Netflix’s Queer Eye, when the Fab Five helps improve all aspects of a person’s life. But a season four episode really took the emotions up a notch by focusing on Wesley Hamilton, a wheelchair user. 

Home expert Bobby Berk designed a kitchen that not only looks modern and chic but fully took Hamilton’s needs into consideration, including low counters and appliances for easy access and a sink with room for scooting his chair underneath.

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4. Succession

On HBO’s Succession, life is pretty sweet for the children of media mogul Logan Roy. Case in point: His daughter, Shiv, and her husband, Tom, live in a three-story Manhattan penthouse with amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge. 

So it should come as no shock that the kitchen is equally luxe: With a modern palette of white, silver, and black, the space features stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinet space, and a lengthy island with a dark stone countertop. We imagine it always looks this pristine, too, given that neither one of them really seems like the cooking type.

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5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

One of the things we love about Netflix’s spin on the Sabrina the Teenage Witch comic is the moody, ambiguously retro aesthetic — the same you’ll see on Riverdale.

That vibe is clearly evident in the shadowy kitchen of the home that Sabrina shares with her aunts and cousin: It features dark green cabinets, a vintage fridge in avocado green, butcher block counters, a large workhorse island, and a double farmhouse sink. From the potted plants on the windowsill to the exposed shelving, we imagine all types of magic ingredients are stocked in this kitchen.

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6. The L Word: Generation Q

Bette Porter’s kitchen in Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q is such a welcome space that we’re not surprised it’s become a gathering place for many of the show’s characters. 

This kitchen has a super warm, welcoming feel, thanks to modern wood accents (like those amazing light fixtures and cabinet pulls) and the pale wood cabinetry. Open shelving and backsplash tiles with a wabi sabi vibe bring the room together.

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7. Terrace House: Opening New Doors

Kind of a modern Real World — but set in Japan — Terrace House has become an international hit, with viewers watching what happens when people stop being polite… and start getting real. This iteration of the show, which is on Netflix, follows 19 strangers living in a Karuizawa house. 

Getting along may be tricky, but we’re sure the residents fell in love with the stunning kitchen. Part of the open floor plan, it’s adjacent to a spacious dining table, and features contemporary touches like cabinets with frosted glass windows and backlighting, dark woodwork, an industrial backsplash of steel squares, and a long island with a concrete counter and waterfall edge.

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8. Black-ish

Just like the show itself, the Johnson family kitchen on ABC’s Black-ish is a refreshing departure from the norm. Compared to the ubiquitous white and gray kitchens of today, this space embraces dark woods and pops of color to liven things up. Plus, it offers plenty of functional touches — like two sinks and a spacious island — that make it work for this family of seven.

Some of our favorite aspects include the full-size wine cooler, the purple-upholstered bar stools, the built-in shelving with decorative objects, and the floating shelves. And we’re always suckers for a good pot filler.

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9. Modern Family

We have a feeling Gloria on Modern Family has little trouble selling houses thanks to her charm and looks. But this particular listing also has its own appeal. 

Featured in season 11, the home has a gorgeous kitchen that puts a spin on today’s neutral trend. The lower dark-gray cabinets add depth and dimension under the marble counters, while the detailed backsplash steals the show with its eye-catching pattern. A large, stainless-steel fridge-freezer combo is the icing on the cake.

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10. Real Housewives of New York City

Drama always seems to break out when the Real Housewives of New York City go on trips together. And a journey to Luann de Lesseps’ upstate home in Kingston, New York, in the season 11 episode “Upstate Girls” was no different.

But, despite the conflict taking place over breakfast, we were able to admire the kitchen in Luann’s round, waterfront, mid-century home. The recently renovated space boasts custom oak cabinetry (including some with glass fronts and backlighting), quartzite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Bonus: It’s flooded in natural light.

Any other shows you watch that feature great kitchens? Tell us about them in the comments below!