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  • Angel: Fred loves tacos. (One notable difference about Pylea is its conspicuous absence of Tex-Mex.)
    Fred: Are - are you sure about that?
    Cordelia: Trust me. Tacos everywhere. ...And soap.
  • In Auction Kings, the Garrett brothers love cheeseburgers.
  • Happy Days: Richie's favorite meal is meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy; for breakfast, he most enjoys blueberry pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • Teen Wolf: Sheriff Stilinski and Stiles both seem to share a particular love of curly fries.
  • The Brady Bunch:
    • In several episodes, it appears the Bradys are partial to pizza. Several episodes have the kids taking their dates to local pizzerias (including, most famously, "Peter and the Wolf," where in the climatic scene two girls try to seduce a fake-mustachioed Peter to get back at Greg ... only to nearly cause Mike to lose an important business deal to his conservative-valued client), while Greg buys his sweetie Rachel a pizza to share during the drive-in scene of "Greg Gets Grounded" (but it's the jumping frogs who get to feast). The Bradys eat pizza during a dinner scene in the episode "Bobby's Hero," and in "The Cincinnati Kids" Bobby and Cindy talk about going to a pizza stand after they get tired out looking for Mike's blueprints.
    • Other food-related favorites: Jan enjoys Cinnamon Spice cookies, while Peter spits up his fudge brownie cookies upon discovering they are sold by the Sunflower Girls (the Girl Scout-type club he was strongarmed into joining in "The Liberation of Marcia Brady"); Peter also hates broccoli. Greg enjoys sandwiches, including bologna (in "Is There a Doctor in the House") and a Dagwood sandwich (in "Welcome Aboard"). The most famous meal was porkchops and applesauce, served in "The Personality Kid" and announced by Peter, Humphrey Bogart-style!
  • All in the Family: Archie always directed Edith to put a Twinkie in his lunchbox before going to work.
  • Full House: Stephanie eats Oat Boats cereal for breakfast (and did a TV commercial for them once); and for lunch might enjoy pizza and frozen strawberry yogurt. Michelle loves Honey-Coated Fiber Bears for breakfast, while Jesse's favorite peanut butter is the Hunka Hunka Chunka-type Elvis Peanut Butter. Michelle is also very fond of ice cream.
  • What's Happening!!: Dee Thomas uses part of her $1 weekly allowance to buy strawberry milkshakes.
  • Webster: The tyke-sized title character eats Sugar Sweeties and Farina Pops cereal for breakfast; and he and George enjoy chili cheese dogs at Sloppy Eddie's, and pizza at Angelo's Pizza.
  • Mr. Belvedere: When daughter Heather Owens gets upset over losing a boyfriend, she takes her sorrows out on a pint of rocky road ice cream ... before going shopping.
  • Step by Step: Brendan loves double-stuffed Oreo cookies as a snack, while spaghetti and meatballs is his favorite dinner.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Boss Hogg loved any high-calorie dish he could get his hands on, especially extra-greasy fried chicken. His voracious appetite was once exploited in the episode "Cool Hands, Bo and Luke," the episode where the Duke boys, Boss and Rosco are kidnapped by a land baron wanting to blackmail Boss out of his holdings by tempting him with fattening dishes. However, in the first ever episode, it is revealed that he loves coffee...and raw beef liver. (For breakfast.)
  • Family Matters: Urkel would do anything for some cheese, and has other weird food tastes including frogs legs and anchovy paste; reflecting Jaleel White's real-life favorite food, the nerd also loves ice cream. Carl (the police officer) enjoys the stereotypical cop favorite, doughnuts!
  • The A-Team: B.A.'s favorite beverage was milk ... and it was the team's favorite way to slip in a sleeping pill to carry the bruiser onto an airplane (whenever a mission required them to travel long distances quickly).
  • El Chavo del ocho: Ham sandwiches.
  • Married... with Children:
    • Peg is very fond of bon-bons, and in one episode, she makes her own, which takes whoever eats one a while to chew it enough times to swallow.
    • Al rarely eats, but he has professed his love for Weenie Tots. Where in one episode he gladly went to prison after it was revealed the prison meals consisted of them.
  • Kenan & Kel: Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda! Unless he goes on a game show dressed up as a girl.
  • Spinelli of General Hospital, like any good hacker, can't function without his orange soda and barbecue chips.
  • Beans from Even Stevens and bacon.
  • Doctor Who
    • The Doctor and Jelly Babies back in the day; mainly associated with the Fourth, but several of his other incarnations had a liking for them (e.g. the Eighth Doctor). In a Shout-Out, the Master offered his wife a jelly baby right before decimating the world's population.
    • The Ninth expressed a fondness for bananas and briefly switched one with Jack's Sonic Blaster to stop him from shooting at Jamie in The Doctor Dances. The Tenth also likes bananas and gives Rose the advice to "always bring a banana to a party" in The Girl in the Fireplace.
    • In the Eleventh Hour, the Eleventh spends a whole scene trying to figure out his favorite food. He decides on fish fingers dipped in custard, which becomes a little moment of bonding between him and his future companion Amy.
    • Eleven also mentions Jammie Dodgers a few times. It becomes a bigger Running Gag in the books. (Also a bit of Leaning on the Fourth Wall, as his actor admitted to liking Jammie Dodgers.)
    • Clara Oswald seems to really like making soufflés, even if she hasn't entirely honed her skills at baking them yet. Clara's love of soufflés is interesting, because it also becomes a plot point in the story arc of the series she's introduced in, as well as providing a glimpse into her childhood backstory (as her mother liked making soufflés too and Clara considers her something of a role model in general).
  • iCarly: Spaghetti tacos. More of a meme associated with the series than one character's fave, though. Fat Cakes, and ham, for Sam. Horrible crap like Cucumber Cups with unflavoured yoghurt for Mrs. Benson.
  • Sesame Street.
    • Cookie Monster and cookies.
    • Mr. Snuffalupagus's favorite food has always been cabbages.
    • Big Bird's is, not surprisingly, bird seed.
    • Bert is partial to oatmeal.
    • Baby Bear's favorite food is porridge. Inverted with his younger sister, Curly Bear.
  • In Power Rangers S.P.D., it doesn't come up every episode, but Bridge loves his toast. Extra buttery. And he can't help but wiggle his fingers a certain way whenever he says "buttery." It came up once again at the end of the 15th anniversary episode two seasons later in Operation Overdrive.
  • LOST: much of Hurley's flashbacks revolve around chicken. In one episode he tells Libby he's had a lot of jobs, "most of them having to do with chicken." He worked at, then owned, Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack. In one flashback, when asked what he liked about himself, one was "I like that I like chicken."
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • Picard: Tea, Earl Grey, hot.
    • Worf developed a taste for prune juice, which apparently tastes just like really strong Klingon Blood Wine of exceptional quality... or just tastes really nasty. Klingon tastes are strange. A group of Klingon warriors picked a fight with Worf in a bar, ostensibly for this, but also because he was serving in Star Fleet instead of the Klingon military. He's also very fond of his adopted mother's Rhokeg Blood pie.
    • Deanna Troi loves chocolate. Especially chocolate sundaes.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,
    • Miles O'Brien's drinks Jamaican blend coffee, double strong, double sweet.
    • Sisko likes "Raktajino," the Klingon version of coffee. Raktajino eventually becomes the beverage of choice for almost the entire crew of DS9.
      • Jadzia's an even bigger Raktajino addict than Sisko, to the degree where after she got killed by Dukat, Ezri (the next host with her shared memories) ordered some before realizing that she hated raktajino.
    • Quark's mother Ishka enjoys a good bowl of tube grubs.
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • Captain Janeway: Coffee, Black. This helps show that she's a tough customer. Coffee is apparently her Berserk Button. She'll demand coffee whether you're capable of serving it or not.
    • B'Elanna Torres is known for enjoying Banana Pancakes.
    • Seven of Nine is especially fond of strawberries.
  • In Star Trek: Enterprise:
    • Inverted for Malcolm Reed. During one episode, the cast persists in trying to figure out his favorite food so they can present it on his birthday, but he doesn't seem to have one. He likes pineapples, and takes injections to control his allergies to them.
    • Played straight with Trip and his pecan paah, though not to excess.
  • In an example of Product Placement gone out of control, the main character of Kyle XY had a slightly disturbing addiction to Sour Patch Kids for much of the first season. Thankfully, this was averted by season 2.
  • Michael Westen from Burn Notice: yogurt. In one episode, he did a job simply because he was offered free yogurt.
  • JJ from Good Times loved unsweetened Kool-Aid (refered to as "Kool-Aid Sour")
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Bots love their "ram chips".
  • Stargate SG-1
    • Samantha Carter has a thing for blue Jell-O. In fact, the whole team seems to be rather fond of the stuff, as well as Teal'c looking daggers at anyone who approaches his ice cream.
    • Mitchell and macaroons. Expanded into somewhat of a Running Gag in the last season and the movies.
    • Vala and pie.
  • Stargate Atlantis has Teyla's inexplicable obsession with popcorn.
  • Joey on Friends loves sanwiches, particularly meatball subs. He even started carrying around a bag for the express purpose of keeping a sandwich with him at all times. He also enjoys jam and pizzas. Chandler also loves Yoo-Hoo chocolate milk; in addition to scenes that explicitly bring it up as a joke, there's also times during the series where he's drinking it without it being a set-up for a punchline.
  • Charlie Crews on Life loves fruit. Any kind of fruit. This is because he could never get it when he was in prison.
  • Heroes: Hiro loves waffles with a burning passion. Sylar loves pie so much that he'll clean out an entire one by himself.
  • Gilligan's Island: The favorite vegetables of some members of the castaways were revealed in "Pass the Vegetables":
    • Gilligan: Spinachnote 
    • Skipper: String beans
    • Mary Ann: Carrots
    • Mr. Howell: Artichokes
    • Mrs. Howell: Beets
  • To say that Dave Lister of Red Dwarf enjoyed the odd curry would be an understatement on scale with the very planets he once played pool with. He loves curry to such an extent that his early morning pick-me-up is a glass of chilled vindaloo sauce. He also has a trademark unfavorite food: pot noodle.
  • NCIS has two examples:
    • Gibbs and his coffee.
    • Abby and her Kaf-Pow! soda.
  • JAG:
    • AJ likes strong coffee ("Cup of Joe".)
  • The X-Files:
    • Mulder loves sunflower seeds. He reveals in "Aubrey" that his father also loved eating them and the sound of his father crunching on them often comforted him after he awoke from nightmares.
    • Scully has a borderline obsession with health food. This includes tofu ice-cream ("The Unnatural") and stirring bee pollen into yoghurt for her lunches ("Dreamland, part I"), even though Mulder tells her she's a scientist and should know better. When she eats vegetable salad in "all things", she can't be bothered by Mulder's rant about crop circles in England. Although you might think otherwise, because in "Bad Blood" she's hungry and irritated that her last meal was a half a bagel with light cream cheese, and not real cream cheese.
    • It becomes somewhat of a Running Gag in "Empedocles" when a pregnant Scully is craving pizza.
  • In The Pretender one of the few obsessions of Jarod's that carried over into other episodes was his love of Pez.
  • Manuel of Fawlty Towers and his paella.
  • Brenda Johnson of The Closer and her Ring-Dings, although it kind of extends to sweets in general, and she's been trying to quit. At one point, when she was stressing about a case (while trying to quit sweets), Lieutenant Tao handed her two eclairs wrapped in a napkin with these words:
    Tao: "Please. For all our sakes."
  • Psych: Shawn Spencer, pineapples.
  • Jeeves and Wooster: Tuppy Glossop has a thing for steak-and-kidney pie. Gussie Fink-Nottle is a fan of orange juice.
  • Columbo: Chili.
  • Kaylee of Firefly has a... thing for strawberries, probably exacerbated by the fact that fresh fruit is hard to come by in space.
  • In The Cosby Show, Cliff loves "hoagies" but can't eat them because they upset his stomach. Theo loves his dad's recipe for "bacon burger dogs."
  • On Laverne and Shirley, Laverne loves milk and Pepsi. Mixed together. Yes. And, to a lesser extent, Scooter Pies.
  • In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Charlie mentions in a few episodes that he's eaten cheese, which makes his breath reek. The McPoyle family is obsessed with drinking milk, among other creepy habits.
  • The Teletubbies subsist entirely on Tubby Custard and Tubby Toast.
  • On Three's Company, each of the landlords had his own drink obsession. Roper always wanted cocoa, and Furley's favorite poison was root beer. Of course, there was also Mrs. Roper's constant desire for (and denial of) sex, but that's another story.
  • Patrick Jane of The Mentalist loves tea.
  • Bones probed new and strange levels of Troperifficness when it was suggested that Booth's constant attempts to get Brennan to eat fruit pie were his form of seduction. In the seventh season premiere, Brennan actually ate Booth's pie while they discussed living together. Sweets may have been onto something. Don't tell Brennan.
  • Radar O'Reilly from M*A*S*H loves his Grape Nehi.
  • Kids in the Hall - In a sketch, a man is stuck in a dead-end job at the sausage factory because his father can't get enough of them.
  • On Leverage Hardison fills his fridge full of orange soda.
  • Fist Of Fun's "Rod Hull" really loved his jelly.
  • Blake's 7: Vila sure loves his Adrenaline and Soma!
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Buffy and Willow both like mochas for the caffeine and sugar.
    • Spike and Andrew: onion blossoms.
    • Spike also likes Weetabix, specifically in his blood. He says it gives texture.
    • In addition, Spike likes those buffalo wings served at The Bronze. He has quite a few favorite foods for someone who can't digest them.
    • Giles and his tea.
    • "The General. Name classified. Like others, works for Twilight. Also craves cheese."
  • Shake It Up has Flynn and his bacon. At the end of the pilot, he came home with several pounds of it.
  • "Austin & Ally" has Austin and his pancakes and Ally and her pickles."
  • Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks is completely enamored of the cherry pie and coffee at the local diner. It's unclear whether he's always so enthusiastic about these dishes or if he thinks the diner is just that good. It's often said that Kyle MacLachlan either hated both from the start, or grew sick of these during the course of filming. Rumors are conflicting.
  • Monica from Touched by an Angel loves coffee so much she tried to put it in everything, much to Tess' horror (she once made coffee-flavored biscuits). Her 100th-case party had the following edibles: coffee ice cream, coffee cake, coffee cookies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and mocha latte with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles.
  • Glee
    • Santana and Mercedes will break the law for breadsticks and tater tots respectively. And Will is shown eating a cookie in almost every episode.
    • Will also has an appreciation for beer, having at least one in several episodes and its mentioned that he always stocks up on the good stuff.
    • Emma and her grapes.
    • Coach Beiste eats a Rotisserie chicken with every meal, apparently.
    • Kurt loves cheesecake.
  • Alf Ventress in Heartbeat and his hard boiled eggs. He always has two in his lunchbox, and breaks the shells by tapping them together. Stopped for a while after some joker replaced them with raw eggs, but took it up again later on.
  • Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad has a thing for Funyuns.
  • Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation has sugar in general and waffles with whipped cream in particular.
    • And while Ron Swanson enjoys meat, burgers and the like, he has a soft spot for breakfast food and is particularly enamored with bacon.
    • And Ben's love for calzones, which is notable because not only does he love them the entire rest of the town seems to hate them with a passion.
  • Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother can be constantly seen drinking Red Bull energy drinks. In fact, because of the amount of free advertising he has given them, Neil Patrick Harris now gets free Red Bull for Life. And they also gave him a mini fridge.
  • Omar of The Wire loves his breakfast cereal, especially Honey Nut Cheerios, which he can never seem to find. In one scene he walks out in his bathrobe to the local store to buy a new box, even though he's got a price on his head. His reputation is so fearsome, however, that the local pushers who do see him toss out their stashes rather than risk a fight.
  • Supernatural has Dean and pie explicitly stated. However, he very rarely enjoys it, as Sam forgetting to buy it is a Running Gag. He also loves bacon cheeseburgers. In the background, there's also Ruby and french fries. Castiel's host Jimmy Novak had a love of red meat used to comic effect by Famine, who drove Castiel to being compared to the Hamburglar and eating handfuls of raw meat.
  • Fringe's Walter Bishop seems to develop a new favorite food Once an Episode, although his love of ice cream in various forms (most often strawberry milkshakes and root beer floats) remains constant, as does his fondness for Red Vines (though that could be Product Placement). In his case, it provides a rather important insight into his backstory: prior to the start of the show, he spent 17 years subsisting on bland cafeteria food while he was confined in a hospital psych ward; upon his release, he relishes the chance to rediscover all the foods that he couldn't get while he was locked up.
  • Jimmy from Raising Hope really enjoys fruit, mostly because his parents told him he was allergic to it. The reason? When he was a kid, Jimmy would eat all the fruit in the house.
  • Rex Dynamo from Pixelface is obsessed with apples.
  • Brent from Corner Gas, like others on this page, loves chili dogs.
  • In Justified, Rayland is fond of ice cream.
    • Errol has loved marinated pork tongue since childhood. Limehouse reminisces about how Errol's father would bring him pork tongue when Errol was a little boy.
  • In The Prisoner, Number 12 is so fond of pancakes that he's got the nickname "Flapjack Charlie." Or at least, that's what Number 6 is conditioned to like when they're attempting to convince him he's no longer himself.
  • In Denshi Sentai Denziman, Daigoro's favorite food is a pastry called anpan (sweet roll filled with — usually — red bean paste.) and he practically runs on the stuff. He carries a certain amount of it on his person at all times, and his locker is filled with it. When he returns in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, we find him running a portable cart that sells it. You'd think that'd be the worst job for him: he'd eat all his wares and never make money!
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Greg loves Blue Hawaiian coffee, and you should not try to get into his stash.
  • Forever Knight Schanke had a love for Souvlaki.
    • Screed had a vampire version of this: Rats. He was a carouche, a type of vampire who fed on something other than humans for his first meal, so, Justified Trope there.
  • Due South:
    • Kowalski loved Smarties, the chocolate Canadian kind, especially in his coffee.
    • Diefenbaker, Fraser's wolfdog, had a donut fetish.
    • Buck Frobisher and his moose hock rolled in wild boar tongue covered in gorgonzola cheese
  • On Highlander, Methos was rarely seen without his beer.
  • The "Duck and Chips Family" on the British sketch show Tittybangbang, all of whom were obsessed with eating duck and chips.
  • On House of Anubis, characters appear with their favorite food so often that they are now considered cargo ships. These are Mick and his bananas, Jerome and his apples, Joy and her cereal, and Eddie and his pancakes.
  • Geraldine Granger from The Vicar of Dibley is a Big Eater and has a Sweet Tooth, but particularly loves chocolate. She's dived head first into a chocolate fountain and can eat dozens of chocolate bars in a single sitting.
  • Arby from Utopia is rarely seen without his chocolate raisins. It turns out that this is the source of his assumed name - as a child, his captors called him Raisin Boy when they forgot what his real name was.
  • On The Golden Girls, the ladies collectively had cheesecake as this. They apparently had a stockpile of them in their refrigerator and would crack them open like emergency rations whenever someone had a problem and wanted to talk. Although, in real life, Bea Arthur (Dorothy) didn't really care for it that much, and knowing that, you can see she usually just poked at it with her fork without really eating it.
  • Frasier: Drinks in both cases; Sherry for Frasier and Niles, Ballantine for Martin. Frasier running out of sherry was used as a metaphor at the end of the series, as was the Ballantine brewery closing around Daphne's wedding.
  • Family Ties: While the Keatons may disagree strongly on politics, they all really love their orange juice. They can be seen drinking it in just about every episode.
  • Kamen Rider Wizard: Haruto, the eponymous magic-user, loves his plain sugar donuts, much to the annoyance of the donut shop owner (who keeps trying to get Haruto to try their latest specialty donut and is always shot down). Kosuke Nitoh, the series' Second Rider, loves mayonnaise and will slather it on anything he eats — even donuts, to Haruto's horror.
  • House of Cards (US): Frank loves his ribs.
  • C.J. Cregg in The West Wing is fond of Goldfish crackers. This caused some confusion in an early episode, when Danny Concannon misunderstood and bought her an actual goldfish pet as a present. (Gail, the goldfish in question, remained with C.J. through the rest of the show's run, with the decorations in her bowl changing to match the holiday or season.)
  • Carrie "Big Boo" Black of Orange Is The New Black has a particular fondness for salted corn on the cob, to the point that she's willing to smuggle corn and salt shakers out of Litchfield's mess hall. It's understandable, considering the show's prison setting: given the quality of most prison food, inmates are guaranteed to develop fixations on the few foods served behind bars that they actually like.
  • In Mama ist Unmöglich, Mama is constantly seen eating Stracciatella ice cream. In fact, the very first scene in the first episode is her sneaking some in the middle of the night. She claims that she can't write without it.

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