A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Chopped 420 is a cooking competition show with positive messages about believing in one's self and creative problem solving.
Positive Role Models
Chopped 420 features a diverse array of contestants and judges, each with a unique backstory. The competitors are all skilled chefs and successful entrepreneurs.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is occasionally mentioned in general terms. Otherwise, the show features no sexual content.
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Profanity is frequently used and includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Chopped 420 talks about various types of cannabis cooking products, but no brand names are shown or mentioned. The winner takes home a significant cash prize.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
As you might expect, cannabis is at the center of this series. Marijuana is discussed non-stop. It is cooked with, smoked, and eaten. The effects of the marijuana are seen on the show's judges, and jokes are constantly made about the judges being high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chopped 420 is a competition show where chefs cook with cannabis. A spinoff of the stalwart Chopped, Chopped 420 features chef contestants who specialize in cooking with cannabis, THC, and CBD. Marijuana is the center of the show, and it's discussed in detail, from its medical uses to how different types affect people in different ways. There are frequent comedy segments about how the food is affecting the judges. The contestants are very skilled and accomplished chefs, and they find creative ways to use strange ingredients, but these tend to be overshadowed by the series' narrow focus on cannabis. Profanity is frequently used and includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc. and there are some casual mentions of sex.
Is It Any Good?
One byproduct of the legalization of marijuana has been an increased popularity of cooking with it, and the wave of competition shows trying to capitalize on that. Chopped 420 joins Cooking on High, Cooked with Cannabis, Bong Appetite, and other shows that highlight chefs who specialize in cooking with cannabis. The contestant pool is the series' greatest strength, featuring chefs from diverse backgrounds who each have a unique relationship with food and marijuana. Unfortunately, the contestants tend to get overshadowed by Chopped 420's narrow focus on weed. Everything gets brought back to marijuana, and weed jokes have not improved in the nearly 50 years since Cheech and Chong's heyday. Predictably, episodes feature the judges losing their train of thought, getting the munchies, and falling down (and for some reason, cannabis cooking shows all feature a relentless amount of puns). Chopped 420 brings nothing particularly unique to the cooking competition genre, each episode feels almost exactly the same, and at its worst, it reverts to turning marijuana use into a broad stereotype.
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