12. The Layover
The first of two shows with Anthony Bourdain to appear on this list of the best reality TV shows sees the celebrity chef travel to Europe, Asia and American cities. He gets to know the people, their homes, and their cuisine and has a limited time window to do so.
We start with Bourdain’s hometown of New York in the pilot episode before some more exotic locales of Singapore, Hong Kong, Montreal, London, Rome and Amsterdam. Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are the American cities Bourdain has a layover in during Season 1.
Season 2 opens with a stop in Sao Paulo in one of my favorite episodes of the series but the two best episodes are stops to Chicago in episode 7 and to New Orleans in the Season 2 finale.
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