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Review: ‘The Wine Show’ Needs More Rhys-ling, But Pairs Nicely With Friends

Hulu's wine-centric docu-series follows Matthew Rhys ("The Americans") and Matthew Goode ("The Good Wife") as they traverse Italy in search of great wine.

The Wine Show Matthew Rhys & Matthew Goode

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What do you look for in foodie TV?

You know what I’m talking about. One of two things happens:

  1. You find yourself zoning out on a Saturday morning, staring blankly at your TV, and suddenly you become fascinated by the amateur chefs cooking for a chance at running their own restaurant.
  2. You make the conscious choice to sit down and invest in foodie TV, perhaps of the more artful variety — like “Chef’s Table.”

Basically, viewers are looking for something to either compliment shutting off their brain, something a little bolder, or something in between. “The Wine Show,” a British import brought to the States courtesy of Hulu, falls into the in between, offering up engaging and educational segments as it simultaneously tries to goof around and have a good time. While it finds its feet in this tricky duality as it progresses, the series’ biggest draw is also the biggest strike against the show: Matthew Rhys and not enough Matthew Rhys, respectively.

IndieWire TV Critic Ben Travers took to the airwaves to review “The Wine Show,” alongside TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and Senior Editor Hanh Nguyen, as he needed the assistance of these far brighter minds to break down why he was so dissatisfied by the innocent and endearing creation featuring Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys. It wasn’t so much that he didn’t like the charming project, but that he liked parts of it so much (the parts featuring Matthew Rhys) that it hurt all the more when they disappeared for long stretches of time. Moreover, the experience of watching “The Wine Show” after living in a scripted world for so long brought up a broader conversation on the value of food-focused docu-series.

[Mr. Travers would also like to apologize to Mr. Goode, as his comments were not intended to reflect any personal slight against the man himself. Mr. Goode is undoubtedly a fine, upstanding gentleman, and more of his free-wheeling attitude (seen in the outtakes) would be more than welcome in the series.]

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