A TV dinner (also called a frozen dinner, freezer meal, microwave
meal, or ready meal) is a prepackage
d frozen or chilled meal which usually comes in an individual package. It requires very little preparation and contains all the elements for a single-serving meal.
The name TV dinner came from the shape of the tray it was served on. The main entrée was in a bigger compartment
on one side of the tray and the vegetables lined up in smaller compartments on the other side. The arrangement was similar to that of the front panel
s of a 1950s television set: a screen on the left and speakers and control on the right. There were other theories about the name of the TV dinner. One reason was that early packaging featured the image of a TV set. Another was that many families would eat these in front of a TV set.