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Season 2, Episode 1

Some Like it Hot

Host Michael McKean cranks up the heat on food myths, discovering who invented chili, if hot wings bond people closer together and if "spicy" is just in our heads. Grab the oven mitts and plenty of ice-water to find out if there's truth in these five-alarm facts.

Monday
Feb 20
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 11

Up in the Air

Fasten your seatbelt and put your tray table in the upright position, host Michael McKean is taking our favorite foods up and away. He discovers if there's a scientific reason you may not love airline food, why hungry astronauts tend to float over to spicy shrimp and how a corned beef sandwich could sabotage a space mission.

Monday
May 15
2am | 1c
Season 1, Episode 4

Taste of War

In this episode of Food: Fact or Fiction? join host Michael McKean as we put food on the frontlines of war and discover how some of history's most epic battles were decided by what we eat. Did Frozen Dinners save the world in World War II? Were hamburgers invented on the battlefield? Did the South lose the Civil War because of salt? We dig into some fascinating food fights and discover how our appetites have shaped the world's most critical battles.

Monday
Oct 30
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

What's for Dessert

In this episode of Food: Fact or Fiction? join host Michael McKean as we indulge in the best part of every meal: Dessert! From cake to pie to banana splits, our favorite desserts are baked with rich stories that have shaped America in extraordinary ways. We travel back in time to find out how cake gave rise to democracy in America. We reveal the sweet truth about why ice cream topped with syrup is called a sundae. And we find out if anything really is more American than apple pie. Save room for dessert as we discover some tasty truths and some mouthwatering myths hidden in every decadent bite!

Saturday
Nov 4
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 3, Episode 6

Nifty Fifties

It's a blast from the past as Host Michael McKean clues us in on some fabulous 50s favorites. Hop in the hot rod and find out if jiggly Gelatin was the original way to keep up with the Jones's, how Meatloaf was a cut above the rest, and why Deviled Eggs may just be the greatest treat the church ever pulled. Whether you're a greaser or a grease fire, these stories will light you up!

Tuesday
Dec 5
6pm | 5c
Season 3, Episode 4

Bloodlines

Host Michael McKean sorts out the problematic pedigrees of some of our favorite foods. We'll find out if German Chocolate cake is iced with a grammatical error, if the real father of the French Dip will please stand up, and if English Muffins were spawned from some star-spangled batter. When it comes to the birth certificates of these deceptive dishes, make sure you read the fine print.

Wednesday
Jan 24
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 3, Episode 9

The Book of Food

Host Michael McKean does a deep dive into the most holy recipe book of all time: The Bible! He finds out which miraculous fish Jesus picked to feed the 5000, whether the Last Supper was a buffet blowout, and that reading the bible might actually be a piece of almond spice cake.

Wednesday
Feb 7
10pm | 9c
Season 2, Episode 4

Power Couples

Host Michael McKean takes a look at how some favorite food combinations got hitched. Michael traces the origins of peanut butter and jelly to the trenches of World War II, sees how spaghetti and meatballs went from Italy to America and finds out if chicken and waffles met after a late-night jazz set.

Thursday
Feb 8
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 3, Episode 10

Sounds Delicious

On this episode, Host Michael McKean sounds off on how a little sizzle can sell a lot of Fajitas and why we should slurp our noodles like their taste depends on it. And when it comes time to order, loud noise could land you in burger heaven. Listen carefully, because your food is talking, and you definitely want to hear what it has to say.

Monday
Feb 19
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Sacred Chow

Host Michael McKean enlightens us on a few divine dining delights. He finds out why we should we be handing out cake instead of candy on Halloween. Then McKean discovers that Valentine's Day candy hearts were once used as medicine. Later he figures out whether Corned Beef can really bring any Irish luck on St. Patrick's Day. Saints or sinners, this episode's foods are truly sacred.

Tuesday
Feb 20
4pm | 3c
Season 3, Episode 5

Name That Dish

Don't forget to bring some form of ID because host Michael McKean gets the scoop on some famous dishes that were named after actual people. He finds out that Bananas Foster was created out of corruption, the Caesar Salad started a family feud, and that Fettucine Alfredo was once used as mouthwatering medicine.

Saturday
Mar 24
12pm | 11c
Season 3, Episode 19

Biting Words

Host Michael McKean uncovers the wondrous ways behind some famous food clichés. He takes a bite of humble pie to find out what makes it so modest, tries to track down the father of the "bun in the oven," and discovers that there's a scientific reason why everything actually tastes like chicken.

Monday
Apr 30
3am | 2c
Season 3, Episode 16

Wedding Chows

Join Host Michael McKean and Say 'I do' to Italian Wedding soup as we learn its maiden name, find out why cookies object to wedding cake, and learn how Italian Beefs might once have brought a few cops to your reception. These wonderful wedding chows are indeed timeless.

Saturday
May 5
1pm | 12c
Season 2, Episode 10

Eat Your Words

Host Michael McKean minces words to get to the bottom of some famous food phrases. He finds out if the extra muffin a baker's dozen could save a baker's life, what's really so cool about cucumbers and if you can literally butter someone up.

Saturday
Jul 21
10am | 9c
Season 2, Episode 11

Up in the Air

Fasten your seatbelt and put your tray table in the upright position, host Michael McKean is taking our favorite foods up and away. He discovers if there's a scientific reason you may not love airline food, why hungry astronauts tend to float over to spicy shrimp and how a corned beef sandwich could sabotage a space mission.

Saturday
Jul 21
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 2, Episode 12

State Fare

Host Michael McKean takes a road trip around the US to uncover the stories behind our favorite state plates, including what baked Alaska has to do with Alaska, who put the Big Apple in New York cheesecake and if the California roll is from California, Japan ... or Canada!

Saturday
Jul 21
11am | 10c
Season 2, Episode 13

Carnie Knowledge

Step right up, as host Michael McKean juggles carnival classics with stories that will amaze and astound. His big top tales include whether cotton candy is at the root of a cavity conspiracy, if popcorn kernels saved the silver screen and if saltwater taffy pulled itself into the middle of a giant legal war.

Saturday
Jul 21
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 2, Episode 1

Some Like it Hot

Host Michael McKean cranks up the heat on food myths, discovering who invented chili, if hot wings bond people closer together and if "spicy" is just in our heads. Grab the oven mitts and plenty of ice-water to find out if there's truth in these five-alarm facts.

Tuesday
Jul 24
3pm | 2c
Season 2, Episode 4

Power Couples

Host Michael McKean takes a look at how some favorite food combinations got hitched. Michael traces the origins of peanut butter and jelly to the trenches of World War II, sees how spaghetti and meatballs went from Italy to America and finds out if chicken and waffles met after a late-night jazz set.

Tuesday
Jul 24
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 1, Episode 1

Doctor's Note

In this episode of Food: Fact or Fiction? join host Michael McKean as we uncover the truth behind America's most popular food remedies. Do carrots really improve our eyesight? Can a bowl of chicken soup cure a stuffy nose? And does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? We dig up some mind-boggling history to find out if these age-old adages are true. Have we all been fed a spoonful of food fiction to help the medicine go down?

Tuesday
Jul 24
4pm | 3c
Season 1, Episode 2

What's for Dessert

In this episode of Food: Fact or Fiction? join host Michael McKean as we indulge in the best part of every meal: Dessert! From cake to pie to banana splits, our favorite desserts are baked with rich stories that have shaped America in extraordinary ways. We travel back in time to find out how cake gave rise to democracy in America. We reveal the sweet truth about why ice cream topped with syrup is called a sundae. And we find out if anything really is more American than apple pie. Save room for dessert as we discover some tasty truths and some mouthwatering myths hidden in every decadent bite!

Tuesday
Jul 24
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

Passport's Please!

In this episode of Food: Fact or Fiction? join host Michael McKean as we take a trip around the food globe to find out where some of our most popular international dishes were really born. We know French Fries are fried, but are they French? Pizza and Italy go together like cheese and pepperoni, but can the Italians really claim pizza as their own? And no Chinese meal is complete until you crack open that fortune cookie, but was this crunchy treat really invented in China? We get to the bottom of some shocking food origin stories and uncover the hidden identities of our beloved foreign favorites.

Tuesday
Jul 24
5pm | 4c
Season 3, Episode 20

Gone Camping

Gear up and stake your tents, Host Michael McKean has set up camp and it's suppertime. As you warm by the fire, you'll glow when you hear that S'mores were built with girl power, learn why pilgrims were so full of Baked Beans, and discover why Beer Can Chicken may just be a waste of good beer. The stories behind these outdoor eats guarantee to stick to your bones.

Tuesday
Jul 24
5:30pm | 4:30c
Season 3, Episode 1

Opposites Attract

Join host Michael McKean as he figures out why some classic culinary combos are a match made in heaven. He discovers that grilled cheese and tomato soup found love at a school cafeteria, that our brains are wired to crave peanut butter and chocolate. Then, he finds out that there's scientific proof that chocolate and caviar have perfect chemistry.

Saturday
Jul 28
10am | 9c
Season 3, Episode 4

Bloodlines

Host Michael McKean sorts out the problematic pedigrees of some of our favorite foods. We'll find out if German Chocolate cake is iced with a grammatical error, if the real father of the French Dip will please stand up, and if English Muffins were spawned from some star-spangled batter. When it comes to the birth certificates of these deceptive dishes, make sure you read the fine print.

Saturday
Jul 28
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 3, Episode 5

Name That Dish

Don't forget to bring some form of ID because host Michael McKean gets the scoop on some famous dishes that were named after actual people. He finds out that Bananas Foster was created out of corruption, the Caesar Salad started a family feud, and that Fettucine Alfredo was once used as mouthwatering medicine.

Saturday
Jul 28
11am | 10c