Pee-wee’s Playhouse Meets Food TV

Robert Lloyd, the Los Angeles Times TV critic, adores the wacky, colorful sock-puppet-strewn world of Thu Tran's television show Food Party, which is now airing its second season on IFC. The show, which Lloyd describes as a cross between Julia Child's The French Chef and Pee-wee's Playhouse, grew from Tran's installation art, and a desire to hang out with friends and "have something to show for it." While it might not give you any practical 30-minute-meal ideas, the psychedelic stoner anime vibe of the show is a lot more fun to watch than the manicured slickness of the Food Network. Have a look for yourself.

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