Parents' Guide to

Come Dine with Me

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

British reality series spices up a dwindling dining custom.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Its a good show. Its hardly mature.

I admit they discuss some Inappropiate things at the dinner table but that does not matter much to people who are over 8 years old. Its quite a funny show actually. Its not mature at all. There is drinking obviously as they are dinner parties and obviously have wine and beer. Some are a little drunk afterwards but hey.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Wildly entertaining, it's not. But Come Dine with Me works well as a fly-on-the-wall social experiment that invites at-home food enthusiasts along for the ride -- if not in for a bite. Thanks to the diversity of the contestant pool, the show also covers a surprising array of culinary tastes, from a Grecian-inspired menu of moussaka and baklava to a native African feast of zebra and ostrich. The hosts' elaborate dishes don't always turn out well, but it's fascinating to see what -- and how -- they cook when they're trying to impress other people.

Sit-down entertaining might seem like an antiquated custom, but in a world where many of us don't even know our next-door neighbors, it's refreshing to see strangers open their homes, share a meal, and (gasp!) actually make conversation. For that reason alone, it's worth your time.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 10, 2005
  • Network: BBC America
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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