Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
By Lucy Maher,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Foodie's world travels get pretty spicy.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Encourages broadening your mind through travel and learning about foreign cultures.
Positive Role Models
Bourdain has a tough exterior, a dirty mouth, and occasionally reminisces about drinking, drug use, and sex. But he's also incredibly respectful of different cultures and the people who welcome him into their homes and restaurants.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bourdain is happy to talk to the people he meets on his travels about his sexual exploits.
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"Hell" is used; "f--k" is bleeped out.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bourdain samples local brews and cocktails (and sometimes appears visibly drunk or hungover) and discusses past drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the free-spirited Bourdain often mentions past drug use and sexual escapades during his conversations with locals. Other than that, the show does a good job of giving viewers an insider's look at new places and cultures.
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What's the Story?
In ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS, the chef and author (of Kitchen Confidential, The Nasty Bits, A Cook's Tour, and more) crisscrosses the globe in search of the food that typifies the world's cultures. Each week, viewers tag along with Bourdain as he gets the inside dish on local eats in places like Beirut, Indonesia, Korea, Miami, Sweden, and Puerto Rico. On each trip, Bourdain not only indulges in native flavors but also tags along with fishermen, farmers, and food merchants as they go about their daily business, taking in local customs and engaging people he meets in conversation about their homeland and cuisine. During his visit to Peru, for example, Bourdain visited a shaman when the altitude got to him, sampled homemade ceviche with a popular restaurateur, and hopped aboard a fishing boat to go in search of piranha.
Is It Any Good?
Outgoing and wry, Bourdain does a good job of keeping the energy up and introducing viewers to cultures they might not have been exposed to before. But he often makes remarks that might give some parents pause (not to mention make them want to preview episodes before letting kids tune in). When sampling the ceviche, for example, he said that next time he should smoke a joint to counteract the dish's acidity. And when his local host gave him coca leaves to alleviate his headache, he made a reference to snorting cocaine in the '80s.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how food is prepared by different cultures. How are cooking techniques passed down through the generations? What spices can you find in Chinese food? Indian food? What is prevalent in dishes made in Brazil, Ireland, or France?
- Premiere date: July 25, 2005
- Cast: Anthony Bourdain
- Network: Travel Channel
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 3, 2023
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