A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A professional chef teaches beginner-level cooking skills and recipes to home chefs. The show is also a realistic glimpse at some of the things people experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic -- feeling trapped at home, worrying about loved ones in nursing homes, going outside at 7 p.m. every night in New York City to make noise to honor medical professionals and first responders as they change shifts, etc.
"The most positive thing that you can do during this time [the pandemic], is to make something, and use your hands, and learn." Everyone feels scared and anxious sometimes, and it's OK. It's empowering to learn new things. Emphasizes finding the silver lining in times of adversity and appreciating quality time with loved ones.
Positive Role Models
Amy and her husband, Chris, tease each other but in a very loving way. They clearly have very different personalities but also clearly love and respect each other and communicate well -- regularly complimenting, hugging, and kissing each other. The pair also conveys gratitude for their family and being able to be together during the pandemic.
Amy and Chris are White, their director of photography/nanny is an Asian woman who's also sometimes on camera. Chris talks openly about being on the autism spectrum.
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Violence & Scariness
Amy discusses the fear and sadness she experiences during the pandemic. She shares that she's worried about her dad with multiple sclerosis who lives in a nursing home where 15 patients died from COVID-19 complications.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Amy makes a lot of sexual innuendos and sex-related jokes, one about sleeping with a cousin. She tells Chris, "We need to have sexual references on this show because sex sells." At one point she jokingly rubs up on him from behind while he's cooking.
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"Pissed," "ass," "butt," bleeped-out "assh--e." Amy makes a lot of quick, mature jokes about things like sex, being racist, being desperate enough for alcohol to drink Listerine, and doing bad things like funding a trip by shoplifting and returning things or throwing your entitled kids down the stairs.
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Products & Purchases
Name brand ingredients and alcohol are occasionally mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Each week they make a cocktail along with whatever they're cooking. Amy regularly makes jokes about drinking or getting drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amy Schumer Learns to Cook is a reality cooking show shot by Amy, her husband, and their nanny while they were isolating with the couple's child in a cabin during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the couple cooks and makes cocktails together, they tease each other in a loving way. They clearly have very different personalities but also love and respect each other -- regularly complimenting, hugging, and kissing each other. That being said, the humor is characteristically Amy Schumer, meaning she makes a lot of sexual innuendos and sex-related jokes. There are also a lot of mature jokes about things like being racist, being desperate enough to for alcohol to drink Listerine, and doing bad things like funding a trip by shoplifting and returning things or throwing your entitled kids down the stairs. Language includes words like "pissed," "ass," "butt," and bleeped-out "assh--e" There are times when the couple discusses the fear and sadness they're experiencing during the pandemic. Amy shares that she's worried about her dad with multiple sclerosis who lives in a nursing home where 15 patients died from COVID-19 complications. But the overall tone is one of gratitude, with Chris often saying things like, "The most positive thing that you can do during this time [the pandemic], is to make something, and use your hands, and learn."
Is It Any Good?
Looking back, this humble show might be one of the truest representations we have of pandemic life. The unapologetically amateur tone of Amy Schumer Learns to Cook feels, upon rewatching, like a sweet homage to the utter weirdness of the time. Shot while their son naps, with their nanny as the director of photography, Amy and her professional chef husband, Chris, give the impression they woke up that morning and decided to cope by making a TV show. Despite the couple's bougie digs in the woods (and full-time childcare), what they churn out is surprisingly relatable. The pair regularly run out of ingredients, worry about loved ones, and are genuinely thankful to have each other while also annoyed by their continued forced proximity.
Of course, the most important question for every cooking show is whether you'll want to make the food. In this case the answer is a resounding "yes, please!" Chris' menus consist of low-fuss and wholesome dishes viewers will appreciate learning to do well, and Amy always adds a delicious-sounding cocktail recipe to pair with the meal. Of course, Amy's real contributions are her hilarious drive-by anecdotes, each of which Chris plows through with zero acknowledgement, refusing to be distracted by her mania. Chris' earnestness is an endearing counterbalance to Amy's sardonic and raunchy wit, and it's lovely watching the patience they have for one another's opposing personalities despite spending endless amounts of time under the same roof. By the end of the hour you'll be happy, hungry, and more than a little jealous you didn't get to spend your quarantine with a professional chef, a professional comedian, and an adorable baby that comes with his own nanny.
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