2016 has been a tumultuous year, to say the least. There is one good thing to come out of this year, though, that shows us the way to a brighter future. I am speaking about the absurd yet completely heartfelt Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, which may save us after such a trashcan fire of a year.
The show's format is simple and simultaneously all over the place. The two hosts and on-screen besties Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg hold court in a kitchen that's half “Southern Living” and half “Pimp My Ride” chic. With the help of their weekly guests—which has so far included Seth Rogan, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, and Ashley Graham—and the house DJ, Snoop and Stewart host a friendly cooking competition to see who can make the dish of the week better. In between all of this action, there are mini-games, trivia, and, weirdly enough, a musical performance.
What makes the show work is the conflicting but harmonious energies of Snoop and Stewart. Her dry, New England sense of humor with his laid back, California personality play off of each other marvelously. The show also benefits from the fact that their relationship doesn't seem forced; you can tell that Snoop and Martha really like joking around with each other, from when Martha scolds Snoop on his lobster-handling skills to when Snoop gives Martha a detailed rundown of how to order the best chicken.
One of the special things about the show is, unlike most cooking shows, it’s filmed in front of a live studio audience who all partake in the food and cocktails, giving the show an intimate feel and bringing you into Martha and Snoop’s hangout.
After everything that has happened this year, maybe a show like Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party is exactly what we need. It's light entertainment and fun where a respected lifestyle magnet and a rapper make dumb, bawdy jokes while at the same time making delicious, gourmet food. I think this show—more than Game of Thrones, more than The Walking Dead, and more than any new popular online comedies and dramas—gives us the post-election catharsis that we all desperately need.
Weirdly enough, it’s a cooking and variety show hosted by two legends of the music and cooking game that tells us that we can all hit the KK and chill through a cross-generational, interracial, cross-genre friendship.
While the show hasn’t even run through its first season yet, I can definitely go ahead and recommend the first episode where Wiz Khalifa puts in his own secret ingredient into Martha Stewart’s fried chicken, as well as the recent Thanksgiving episode where Snoop tests his turkey-calling skills.
I will not claim that Martha & Snoop is a great show, but when finals are giving you stress or when 2017 isn’t looking so bright, this is a show that will at least make you feel like everything might be all right. Thank God it got renewed for a second season—if 2017 is anywhere near the shitshow that was this year was, we're going to need it more than ever.