6 Times Milwaukee Was Featured on TV This Year

Milwaukee’s obviously a cultural hub, and we’ve got the TV appearances to prove it! Take a look back at some of the times the city’s graced our screens so far in 2020.

1. “Taste the Nation”

Padma Lakshmi visits several American cities in this new show from Hulu, and in the second episode, she pays a visit to Milwaukee to give an in-depth look at the city’s German heritage and food history.




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2. “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Milwaukee did more than just appear on “Drag Race” this year — it won! Well, its queen did. Milwaukee native Jaida Essence Hall took home the crown on Season 12, and because of quarantine, she finished the season with a few killer performances from inside her Milwaukee apartment. Check out some of her best moments below.

3. “The Circle”

Netflix’s reality competition show may have been filmed in the UK, but it prominently features the Milwaukee skyline in every episode. At least that means the producers think it’s pretty, right?

4. “American Idol”

This classic singing competition held some of its auditions in the Milwaukee Art Museum this year, proving the landmark has both awesome architecture and amazing acoustics. No Milwaukee natives made it big on the show this season, but three Milwaukee auditioners made the Top 11, including runner-up Arthur Gunn. You can watch his audition in the museum below.

5. “American Pickers”

In Episode 11 of Season 21, the Pickers visit a Milwaukee man who collects coin-op machines. This is a personal look at a Milwaukeean with a clear love for his city and its history.

6. “Black Ink Crew”

Okay, this one is kind of cheating because it didn’t actually air yet, but it’s too cool to leave out! The “Black Ink Crew” franchise, which already has series set in Harlem, Chicago and Compton, plans to expand to Milwaukee with a focus on Teon “Shorty” Hollins of Shorty’s Ink. The pandemic means that the future of the show is up in the air, but we can’t wait until it officially hits our TVs.



Jude is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. He is a rising sophomore at Northwestern University studying journalism, gender and sexuality studies and theatre.