Do you like food, comedy, and/or the British? You know I do, and so my rousing endorsement of “The Supersizers” should come as no surprise. The premise in a nutshell: two British comedians, Sue Perkins and Giles Coren, spend one week living as Britons did in a particular era. The 1940s. Medieval Times. The Restoration. And so on. They dress and eat the part, emphasis on “eat.”
What results is a fascinating peek into the less-romantic aspects of culinary history. As much as Sue and Giles craved a drink of water, the fact remains that London’s water wasn’t potable for most of history. And so they often must drink beer instead. It’s not as fun as it sounds. Sue, as a woman, often must resort to hobbies impractical and/or ridiculous while Giles hops off to his job, his club, and/or his mistress.
Before and after each week of historical living, the two are medically examined to determine what effects each era’s diet has on them. Turns out that wartime rationing does marvels for the waistline, while the meat-heavy diets of other eras wreak havoc on the bowels. You’d do well to remember that next time you’re considering a third Quarter Pounder. (Two is okay, but three is just ridiculous, dude.)
But no matter the era, the best part of the show is Sue and Giles. They have obvious camaraderie, even when forced to do ridiculous things while wearing ridiculous outfits. In fact, I’ve been scouring the internet to find their other work, to the point that I’m thisclose to turning stalker. JUDGE NOT.
The entire series is available on Hulu legally and for free. My favorite episode is the first, set during the 1940s. Do it. Do it now.
(PS, I'm spending the week in Turkey. The country. Don't ask.)