THE BRADY BUNCH
It was the story of a lovely lady and a man named Brady, but that ’70s kitchen was firmly the domain of Alice, the family’s housekeeper. We could do without the bright orange countertop and backsplash, but exposed brick and a double oven? Yes, please.
Who wouldn’t want to have breakfast in the technicolor kitchen on The Simpsons? After almost 30 seasons of the animated series, few things have changed: The same artwork is on the fridge, the same ear-of-corn-printed curtains hang above the sink, and the same red and purple cabinets line the room. Now if only Flanders would stop popping up at the window.
We’ll suspend our disbelief that Monica and Rachel could actually afford this colossal New York City apartment (in the pricey West Village!), and instead focus on how much we love the bright kitchen with loads of open shelving. So much of the show was focused on the kitchen (including nine Thanksgiving episodes and nine Christmas episodes) that we feel like it’s our home, too.
THE COSBY SHOW
Just like the cast’s wardrobe and hairstyles, the Huxtable kitchen went through a few subtle renovations over the years, but all the really important parts stayed the same. Including: Cliff constantly trying to cheat on his diet, Theo racing down the back stairs and Denise or Vanessa stretching that extra-long phone cord to its limit. We wouldn’t mind enjoying all of our meals around that kitchen table.
You could argue that half the show took place in Jerry’s kitchen, given that it took up basically half of his compact New York City apartment. And although it was rarely used to cook, it was always well stocked with groceries. Who could forget the meticulously alphabetized cereal boxes?
Just like the rest of the house, the orginal Tanner kitchen was spotless, thanks to dad Danny. Well, except for the episode where Stephanie accidentally backed Joey’s car through the kitchen wall, of course. While we would love to join the Tanners, Uncle Jesse and Joey for a family meal, we’ll pass if they are serving Michelle’s infamous tuna and Oreo ice cream combo.
It’s just one of the parts we love about the loft that all five of the main characters on New Girl share. As with Friends, we’re not sure how they can afford this crazy-huge apartment, but any time Schmidt wants to cook for us, we won’t say no. Bottom line: We’d love this kitchen — plumbing problems and all — but only if it came with Nick Miller as a handyman.
I LOVE LUCY
Lucy and Ricky Ricardo might have had the perfect apartment kitchen. It was simple, but somehow had enough space to fit ever-expanding loaves of bread. Our favorite feature is the counter where the Ricardos ate breakfast every morning, along with the toaster that shot the bread into the air. Impressive, considering the show was shot in front of a live studio audience and didn’t do multiple takes.
The Keaton family kitchen probably looks the most like the kitchens we grew up with, from the patterned wallpaper to the pinned calendars and bulletin boards to the water cooler by the back door. We would love to sit in on a family meal and listen to conservative Alex P. Keaton debate with his hippy parents about just about everything.
It might not be where the most important cooking on the show took place, but the kitchen on Breaking Bad was one of the moodiest sets around. It looks like an average suburban kitchen, but with a more sinister vibe.
THAT '70s SHOW
If Eric, Hyde, Donna, Kelso and Fez weren’t sitting around in the basement, they were probably sitting at the kitchen table trying to conceal some scheme from Kitty and Red. The décor in the kitchen is spot-on for the era, down to patterned wallpaper and the vinyl-covered dining chairs. Our favorite detail: the copper cheese graters made into lights and hanging above the counter.
While we’d be sad to give up our modern conveniences (a blender and a microwave, anyone?), we’d love to get a cooking lesson from Mrs. Patmore. She could surely show us how to handle the menu for our next dinner party. And we wouldn’t mind if Jimmy and Albert stopped by, too.
One of the best gathering spots for all the extended family on the show, Zeek and Camille Braverman’s kitchen is just so welcoming. It’s one of those places that you know you could always come home to – even if you were coming home to some tough family conversations.
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR
While the kitchen was generally butler Geoffrey’s domain, the entire Banks family frequently congregated there— Uncle Phil could break his diet, Hillary could ask for money, and Carlton could bust out his signature dance moves. Cue the Tom Jones.
As viewers, we spent a lot more time in the Draper kitchen in the early seasons, when Don and Betty were still together. That’s when we fell in love with the plaid wallpaper and rustic wood cabinets. If we cooked there, do you think Francine would come to sit at the counter and gossip?