A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Light learning about cooking techniques and ingredients.
Positive messages about trying your best and being a good sport, but they're not the show's focus.
Positive Role Models
Chef contestants are all friendly and good sports, and show a great deal of skill.
Recurring judges are from diverse cultural backgrounds, and contestants are diverse across age, gender, and race. Judges and contestants highlight their cultural backgrounds, specifically talking about food. On the negative side, there are some jokes about cultural stereotypes (e.g., Italian Americans being in the mafia).
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Violence & Scariness
Mild competitive language, including silly joke threats about slapping the judges (meant entirely in jest).
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Mild profanity like "butt" and "oh my God." Occasional jokes based on stereotypes (like Italians being involved with the mafia). Some mild competitive language, including silly jokes about slapping the judges (meant entirely in jest).
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Products & Purchases
Some visually identifiable brand logos. Each episode awards a $10,000 prize to the winner; though the money is focused on less than the bragging rights that come with winning.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to adults drinking wine responsibly, visible alcohol in scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Best in Dough is a pizza cooking competition show. Hosted by Wells Adams (The Bachelorette), the show follows a tried-and-true cooking competition format. Be aware that there's mild language like "butt" and "oh my God." The show does positively highlight food from various cultural backgrounds, but there are also occasional jokes based on stereotypes (e.g., Italians being in the mafia). Contestants are good natured but do make silly threats, like saying "I could slap you" in jest. Parents should also know that adults drink wine responsibly on screen, and that there are several identifiable logos present.
Is It Any Good?
While there's nothing wrong with this show, it falls a smidge flat like a slightly under-yeasted pizza dough. Best in Dough follows the same format as many other half-hour cooking competition shows, with a mini challenge followed by the final prize-determining challenge. On the plus side, the contestants are characters and talk about how different cultural backgrounds influence their pizzas. On the negative side, the host is just OK and the manufactured reality-show drama has a cheese-factor. Best in Dough is a totally fine and fun family-friendly show, but it doesn't offer the same joyful entertainment as other shows in the genre like Is It Cake?, Nailed It, or Baking It. Pizza-loving kids who like cooking shows may still eat it up though (and grown-ups should be prepared to procure a pizza after watching).
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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.