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Dinner and a Movie
Cooking show
Presented byClaud Mann
Paul Gilmartin
Annabelle Gurwitch (1996–2002)
Lisa Kushell (2002–2005)
Janet Varney (2005–2011)
Jason Biggs (2024–)
Jenny Mollen (2024–)
Opening theme"Beans and Corn Bread" by Louis Jordan and Tympany Five
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production locationUnited States
Running time90 minutes
Production companyStudio T
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 8, 1995 (1995-09-08) –
2011 (2011)
ReleaseJune 1, 2024 (2024-06-01) –
present (present)

Dinner and a Movie is an American cooking and entertainment television program aired on TBS from September 8, 1995 to 2011 and made its return since 2024.

The show was hosted by chef Claud Mann and comedian Paul Gilmartin throughout its run, as well as Annabelle Gurwitch[1] from 1996–2002, Kent Osborne in 1998 before hosting its "Movie Lounge" spin-off, Lisa Kushell from 2002–2005 and Janet Varney from 2005 to the show's end in 2011.


Each episode included a movie and the preparation of a creative dinner to go with its theme, generally via a pun. For example, an episode showing Drumline features a recipe titled "The Beets Go On", referencing the Sonny & Cher single "The Beat Goes On", as well as the plot of the movie about a drummer who tries to fit in with a new marching band. However, some episodes have special guests like Kelsey Grammer in showing of Stripes, Jerry Springer in showing of Dumb and Dumber, and Richard Petty in showing of Days of Thunder.[2]

Cookbooks based on the block were released in 1996,[3] 1999,[4] and 2003.[5]

Monkey-ed Movies debuted in production which were run during the block and in odd time slots after sporting events like a minor golf tournament a day then, the station played about half an hour to unexpected results. The ratings actually increased, which prompted 13 episodes of an expanded half-hour series which would become The Chimp Channel.[6]

The show's cancellation was announced by Gilmartin on the May 6 edition of his podcast, The Mental Illness Happy Hour.


On May 17, 2023, Kathleen Finch, Chairman and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Discovery’s U.S. Networks Group, announced that it would revive the block during the company’s upfront presentation in New York City.[7]

On May 17, 2024, it was announced that Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen were chosen as hosts, and that the revival would debut on June 1 with the premiere of Aquaman.[8][9] There are no recipes like in the original format.

Films shown by Claud and Paul

Films shown by Jason and Jenny

See also


  1. ^ Meisler, Andy (20 October 1996). "Mixing Things Up With a Laugh". New York Times.
  2. ^ "Dinner and a Movie Guest Page". Internet Archive. August 23, 2000. Archived from the original on 2000-08-23.
  3. ^ Dinner and a Movie Cookbook. Internet Archive. January 1, 1996. ISBN 978-1-57036-383-2. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Mann, Claud; Carlson, Kimberlee; Johnson, Heather (October 4, 1999). Dinner and a Movie Second Cookbook. Andrews McMeel Pub. ISBN 0740703145.
  5. ^ Mann, Claud; Carlson, Kimberlee; Johnson, Heather (September 1, 2003). Dinner and a Movie Third Cookbook. Andrews McMeel. ISBN 978-0-7407-3957-6.
  6. ^ Lucas, Michael P. (June 1, 1999). "Some 'Chimp Channel' Segments Descend From Classics". Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (May 17, 2023). "Dinner and a Movie' Revived at TBS After 12 Years". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  8. ^ Fishman, Scott (May 17, 2024). "Jason Biggs & Jenny Mollen to Host 'Dinner and a Movie' Revival". TV Insider. Retrieved May 17, 2024.
  9. ^ "Dinner and a Movie Coming Back for Seconds at TBS". Collider. 20 May 2023. Retrieved May 20, 2023.