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Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

Chef’s Table (Netflix, Friday): It’s Friday. You deserve a treat. And this food porn series from the director of Jiro Dreams Of Sushi might just hit the spot. In its sixth season, the Emmy-nominated series follows Sean Brock of Charleston, an acclaimed restaurant owner who, frustrated with the pressure of representing a culture through its cuisine, left his successful restaurant group to start an Appalachian-inspired restaurant in Nashville; Mashama Bailey of Savannah, who runs a restaurant out of what was once a segregated Greyhound bus station; Dario Cecchini, an Italian butcher and a leader in the slow food movement; and Asma Khan, whose London restaurant is staffed entirely by women and who donates proceeds to a foundation that supports second daughters in her native India. Between the thoughtful, inspirational profiles of distinguished chefs around the globe and cinematography that looks good enough to eat, Chef’s Table offers a tasting menu of the best the food industry has to offer.

Regular coverage

Saturday Night Live (NBC, Saturday, 11:30 p.m.)

Wild card

The Big Family Cooking Show (Netflix, Friday): It’s not quite Great British Baking Show (and even less so, now that Nadiya is out as host), but why not spend your Friday night-in watching some other nice British people cook ? GBBS’s sister program has a similarly Pinterest wedding board-friendly setup, staging its competition not in a tent, but in a cozy, homey barn. There, families of three channel their creativity, talent, and good-natured competitive spirit into home cooking, making it a wholesome comfort-food offering that the whole family can enjoy.


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