I love food and travel shows that make you feel like you can live vicariously through the host, and the Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil does just that. The Phil that’s being fed is Phil Rosenthal, creator of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. There are two seasons on Netflix in addition to his PBS show I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, which the Netflix show is adapted from. Phil is definitely not your sophisticated travel show host but that’s part of what makes him so likable. He seems genuinely giddy to be experiencing the various locations, the food, and the connections he makes with the people he interacts with. And my favorite part – toward the end of every episode, he video-chats with his elderly parents (Who, for those of you that watched Raymond, the characters of Raymond’s parents are based on.). You get the Everybody Loves Raymond vibe of humor mixed with delicious food, beautiful scenery, and a good dose of dad jokes. Most episodes leave me with a happy tear or two, a warm heart, and the desire to book a plane ticket. It’s a great family show. We’ve watched every episode, and there are episodes we’ve gone back to watch several times. While it’s hard to pick favorites I’d say Venice, Saigon, and Dublin are three of the best but you’ll definitely need to watch them all and decide for yourself.
P.S. Looks like season 3 is in the works!