I’m not sure what shows this genre has exactly, but I’m currently kind of loving Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. I started binging it on Netflix a couple of months ago, and I’m on Season 6 now.
One thing that really helps the show is that half the time he concentrates on these delicious looking foods, and the other half he concentrates on the local culture or history. And that kind of saves even the least interesting places in the world. If the culture/history is not interesting, then the food picks up the slack (like in the Canadian Quebec episode), and if the food segment is lackluster (like in the Russia episode), then the culture/history picks up the slack. It’s a great way to take you around the world and make each episode interesting.
It’s also interesting when he reaches places in the world that I’ve recently seen on The Amazing Race. Hey, look at that, that’s the door in Zanzibar that was part of the challenge on TAR! Of course Parts Unknown slows down and really revels in each place much more than TAR does, which, by necessity, feels rushed.
Anyway, I started watching this because the Bourdain episode of WTF put the show on my radar, because he sounds like an interesting guy. But I initially didn’t like the show on CNN. But now that it’s on Netflix without all those commercials, it’s really a great show. The commercials kind of kill the momentum of the show. Especially commercials on CNN, which tend to be very repetitive and targeted towards old people.