The holidays are right around the corner, which means all those feelings about spending time with family and preparing the perfect meal are slowly creeping back. Will everyone get along this year? What are you going to say you’re thankful for at the dinner table? Is your niece still on that weird diet and do you have enough containers to send leftovers home with everyone? However you’re feeling about the upcoming season, the one thing you can binge on to put you in a good mood (without worrying about your waistline) is television. Netflix series are chock full of fictional food moments that can help for dealing with your real life ones during the holidays. Here are ten Netflix shows with food scenes that capture the essence of and offer lessons on holiday cooking and dining.
Master of None “Thanksgiving”
No Netflix food list would be complete without mentioning this moment, which earned series writer Lena Waithe a historic Emmy win. The episode features a host of great food and funny company over the course of a decade’s worth of Thanksgivings. But it’s the emotional resonance of the meals—meaningful conversation, the potential for understanding, and mutual affection—that make this one of the best representations of what sharing a meal during the holidays is about.
Marvel’s The Defenders “Royal Dragon”
We may not all bring superheroes to our tables during the holidays (or any other time for that matter), but this surprise meet-up in a Chinese restaurant between New York’s vigilantes is a metaphor for some of our favorite or dreaded holiday dinner conversation. Being dodgy about your love-life when someone asks? Check. Complaining about your job? Check. The occasional unexpected dinner guest? Check.
Voltron: Legendary Defender “Changing of the Guard”
In the far reaches of space or (more likely) spending holiday meals with unfamiliar people, the exchange of food and even culture is bound to happen. In fact, bringing and sharing in dishes that represent you and your tastes can be one of the many things that make the holidays something special. In the case of Voltron’s yellow paladin and resident chef, Hunk, that means offering your intergalactic guests your very best pizza rolls and pigs in a blanket. (Sometimes it’s not about what you make but how well you make it.)
Santa Clarita Diet “So Then a Bat or a Monkey”
From picky eaters to restricted eaters, accommodating everyone’s food preferences and diets can be one of the hardest parts of holiday meal making. No family knows this better than Santa Clarita’s Hammonds. From the jump the trio has their work cut out for them as recently undead matriarch Sheila must find the appropriate dish to satisfy her special cravings. It’s no easy task, but paying attention to the small things on our loved one’s plate means the world to them, and can be a kind of emotionally filling experience.
The full list first appeared at Food & Wine on October 25, 2017.