The Gist: Mike Pesca investigates why TV and movie characters never eat Chinese takeout off a plate.

Put Down the Plate. Pick Up the Chopsticks and Carton.

Put Down the Plate. Pick Up the Chopsticks and Carton.

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May 15 2015 1:16 PM

Ordering Chinese Food? Put Down the Plate. Pick Up the Chopsticks and Carton.

The Gist’s Mike Pesca investigates one of Hollywood’s greatest clichés.

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While watching Season 3 of The Americans, Mike Pesca noted that the show’s creators Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg have fallen victim to one of the greatest cliché’s in television and movies: scripting their characters to eat Chinese takeout straight from the carton. In the video above, Pesca interviews Fields and Weisberg about this creative and directorial misstep.

Elori Kramer is a freelance video producer and editor based in Brooklyn. See more of her work here.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.