A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some learning about cultural cuisines, cooking techniques, and ingredients.
Positive themes around hard work and perseverance. Good examples of families working as a team in a professional environment, and how restaurants can mean a lot to their community.
Positive Role Models
Restaurant owners are good examples of hard work and perseverance. They emphasize the importance of family.
The show focuses on family restaurants, and restaurant owners often cook the cuisine of their cultural backgrounds. Heritage and culture is discussed, as well as its impact on food. On the negative side, some episodes have basically no people of color as the featured restaurant owners or the patrons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional innuendo jokes that will go over most kids' heads.
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Some cursing-adjacent language like "oh my gosh" and "jeez."
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Products & Purchases
Each episode focuses on one real-life restaurant, so it's kind of like an ad for the restaurant. There are fleeting logos of food and appliance brands.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol in a restaurant (in moderation).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Family Restaurant is a restaurant travelogue hosted by food personality Andrew Zimmern. It's generally family-friendly fare, but adults do drink alcohol on screen in moderation. There's also a fair bit of promotion, since every episode is basically an ad for the restaurant it's profiling, and there are also fleeting logos on screen. Some episodes have infrequent innuendo jokes that will go over most kids' heads. Otherwise, there's no iffy content, and foodie families can enjoy watching Family Restaurant together.
Is It Any Good?
While not a stand-out show, Family Restaurant is an enjoyable series for foodie families who are fans of Magnolia Network's other programming. Host Andrew Zimmern's laid-back, charismatic personality is perfect for telling the restaurant-owning families' stories. Family Restaurant also does a great job showcasing delicious dishes and cooking techniques from various types of cuisines. Foodie kids may gravitate to more exciting food programming, but it's a heartwarming and uplifting show that the whole family can watch together.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.