We love cooking shows. There's something about watching a chef chop up a thick piece of raw meat and drooling all over our parents' couch that gets our day started off right. We recently gotten into watching the Iron Chef, the Japanese edition.
The idea is, there is a challenger cook, and he goes tete-a-tete with one of the resident Iron Chefs. They get a 'secret ingredient' (e.g. stingray, oxtail, tofu, peaches) and have to prepare four (though they have been known to prepare up to eight) dishes incorporating this ingredient. The show is filmed in Japanese, but is dubbed (poorly) in English, and the result is incredible. The women are coy, the Iron Chef's take themselves too seriously, and the whole show is a melodramatic masterpiece.
Quick vote: This show will make you want to whip out your cutting boards, big knives, and pots to start cooking! We're drooling right now thinking about it, so grab a bone to gnaw on, settle down on your mom's couch, and enjoy IRON CHEF!!!