10-episode season airing Thursdays at 7 p.m
Arizona Local PBS Production, “Check, Please!” Arizona” returns Thursday, January 26th for a groundbreaking 10th season. Using the same basic format as the previous nine seasons, each episode of the new season features three Arizona residents each suggesting a local restaurant for the group to try, then repeating it over the course of a 30-minute program.
With new episodes premiering Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. through early April on Arizona PBS, season 10 will once again see renowned local restaurant owner, Chef Mark Tarbell, in the role of host, a position he has held since 2017.
“I love how dynamic, real and diverse ‘Check, Please! Arizona’ has turned into its 10th season; having it voted and vetted by viewers gives it a real feel,” Tarbell said. “You’ll learn about your town and its restaurants through the eyes of Arizona PBS friends and neighbors.”
To celebrate this milestone season, the broadcaster is increasing activity on its digital platforms, including on social media, where it will be sharing compressed clips from past and upcoming episodes as well as unique content captured during production shooting for the new season . Once the episodes air, Arizona PBS will post them on its YouTube channel and on the azpbs.org website. Archived episodes from previous seasons will also be released online in the coming months.
“In January 2022 we were so proud to announce ‘Check, Please! Arizona is back on the air after a multi-year hiatus; and this year we’re celebrating a milestone in Season 10,” said Adrienne R. Fairwell, general manager of Arizona PBS. “This incredible run is a testament to our loyal donors and viewers. With their support and enthusiasm, they really took over this series; it’s a show for them, by them.”
Viewers who want to stream new episodes can do so by visiting azpbs.org/checkplease or using the PBS app. Restaurant recommendations for future episodes may also be submitted through this website. Viewers who wish to talk about the new season on social media are encouraged to use the hashtag #CheckPleaseAZ.
Season 9 of Check, Please! Arizona,” which premiered last January, was among the network’s top-rated local productions in 2022. Season 9 was a hit with viewers and critics alike, earning a regional Emmy in the Interview/Discussion category last October. During the 10-year run of Check, Please! Arizona” has featured more than 300 restaurants and received five regional Emmy Awards.
Information on the first five episodes of season 10 is listed below. Details on the remaining five episodes of this season will also be announced in the coming weeks.
- Episode 1: Neighborhood Spots (selected restaurants: Fabio on Fire, The Coronado and Ocotillo)
- Episode 2: PBS Staff Picks (Select restaurants: Cornish Pasty Company, Backyard Taco and Oak)
- Episode 3: “From East (Valley) to West (Valley)” (Select restaurants: Rice Paper, AZ 88 and The Toast)
- Episode 4: Flagstaff Finds (Select restaurants: MartAnne’s, Proper Meats + Provisions and Josephine’s)
- Episode 5: “Dinner, Burgers & Pizza!” (Select restaurants: Joy Bus Diner, Paradise Valley Burger Company and Crust Simply Italian)
About Arizona PBS
Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media organizations with four broadcast channels and a growing array of digital platforms. A trusted community resource for 60 years, Arizona PBS advances lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth reporting, and essential educational services. It is one of the largest public television networks in the country, reaching 80 percent of Arizona homes and 1.9 million homes each week. Arizona PBS has been part of ASU since the station started in 1961. Learn more at https://azpbs.org.