A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional mention of war.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some food ad images can be somewhat suggestive.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of brand names are visible and/or involved in each story -- and most of them are junk food brands like Coca-Cola, Domino's, Nathan's, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Depends on the episode, but some may include references to drug or alcohol use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this food-focused history show mostly covers traditionally American (aka "unhealthy," in many cases) food like hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza and could very well leave viewers of all ages craving junk food. Product names and logos (Coca-Cola, Domino's, etc.) appear frequently. Some episodes include information about drugs or alcohol -- like the fact that cocaine was in the original formula for Coca-Cola -- but it's in a purely historical context.
Is It Any Good?
As the show traces a food's history, viewers also learn about culture, geography, economics, and business. In the soda episode, for instance, viewers find out how cocaine became a key ingredient in cola and how public policy changes led to its removal from the ingredient list. Young viewers might find food a compelling angle from which to view history, but parents should know that kids who watch American Eats may end up with an appetite for junk food, since episodes tend to cover more "exciting" foods (leaving out the history of indigenous corn, for example).
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