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Recreate Iconic TV Show Kitchens Using These Computer Rendered Floor Plans

We’ve all dreamed of living in the worlds of our favorite TV shows. Many of them took place in homes or apartments, so one of the more realistic ways to feel like part of the show would be to remodel our kitchens. Those on shows like Friends, Stranger Things, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air have become iconic because of how integral they were to the plot and setting, whether we realized it or not.

If you want to step into the fictional realm through your kitchen, check out the floor plans to some of the more memorable ones below. Sketched by website Home Advisors, these would be great mock-ups to take to a home designer/contractor if you really want to make the remodel happen. There’s no telling just how much these would cost to recreate in your home/apartment, but how legit would it be to host the squad in one of these TV show kitchens?

Friends

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Monica’s kitchen is easily one of the most memorable in TV, but it would also be tough to recreate at home. The difficulty would be that oddly-designed cabinet with a shelf right above the stove. It may seem simple enough in the above design, but those top shelves are pretty high up. Imagine having to grab spices or other cooking supplies from up there all the time.

The Big Bang Theory

To be honest, I’ve never seen anything outside of scrambled eggs made in this kitchen. But it’s still pretty spacious and simple to construct, so if you’re a huge fan of Sheldon Cooper, this could be a fun project to start on soon. No bowel movement calendar on the fridge required.

The Handmaid’s Tale

The gloom of the kitchen here matches the menace that is Commander Fred. It’s a very simple kitchen, with not much in terms of intricate designs or fancy cabinets. That makes it easy to recreate at home, but the colors may be a little to drab for some people’s taste.

New Girl

This kitchen may be a little more meant for TV than real life, especially with the shelves of cereal boxes hanging above the fridge. However, the large island in the middle is a nice touch that can make for both a kitchen/dining table and a gathering area for your squad mates.

Mad Men

Mad Men is set in the 1960s, so it’s obvious that this kitchen would come with quite a bit of nostalgia. Having the kitchen prep and cooking areas set in the middle of the kitchen could also make for an awesome studio or video setting, for those of you that like to shoot recipe videos.

Malcolm in the Middle

You’re probably not going to need two dining tables (although the second table was mainly used for studying/homework on the show). But the spacious kitchen is quite intriguing to those who like to cook with a bit of show and flash. Guess that could work for me and my love of flambe.

Stranger Things

Joyce’s kitchen from the show honestly isn’t that strange, especially for the 1980s. However, I would like to know where you get those camo-print chairs, which are definitely the odd ball out in this otherwise typical kitchen setting.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

This is definitely the kitchen of the bourgeois, and is fitting for a place like Bel-Air. There’s tons of counter space for all different kinds of cooking activities, and the stove is on an island, meaning you can show off or just sit right next to where you cooked, eliminating a need for serving up to a bunch of people. This remodel would undoubtedly be on the more expensive end, but with all that open space and the ability to rock the Fresh Prince theme in the Fresh Prince kitchen, why not go for it?


All photos courtesy of HomeAdvisor.

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The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

Fans of the AMC cable network show Mad Men should have their ears perked…not necessarily for a new season (note: hiatus), but for this seemingly novel Mad Men Cookbook!

With over 70 recipes that will ‘satisfy a Mad Men appetite,’ the book is an unofficial and unauthorized look at meals and drinks from the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants seen on the show. Here’s the spiel:

Ever wish you could mix an Old Fashioned just the way Don Draper likes it? Or prepare Oysters Rockefeller and a martini the way they did fifty years ago at one of Roger Sterling’s favorite haunts, The Grand Central Oyster Bar? Ever wonder how Joan Harris manages to prepare a perfect crown roast in her tiny apartment kitchen? Or about the connection between Jackie Kennedy’s 1962 White House tour and Betty Draper’s Valentine’s Day room service order?

The book boasts color photo inserts of 16 dishes, as well as black and white potos of other bars, restaurants, and food advertisements from the 1960s. Along with the recipes and photos comes both historical and cultural context for the food and drink featured in the show.

So next time you want to make a Playboy Whiskey Sour or cut into Lindy’s Cherry Cheesecake, look no further than The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook ($11.32 via Amazon).