A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Messages about problem solving, teamwork, and overcoming obstacles and mistakes.
Positive Role Models
Contestants show baking skills, creativity, teamwork, and inductive reasoning.
Violence & Scariness
Despite referring to messy kitchens as crime scenes, no violence is featured.
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Mild profanity such as "damn" and "hell" are used.
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Products & Purchases
No sponsors are shown, and no brand-name products are used.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol may occasionally be used in baking. No drug use or smoking are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crime Scene Kitchen is a cooking competition show where teams of bakers follow clues to figure out what to make. The chefs work in teams of two, made up of friends, couples, or family members. Each round begins with the chefs examining a used kitchen space and trying to figure out what dessert was made there. They then try to recreate the mystery dessert on their own. Despite the show title and referring to messy kitchens as crime scenes, no violence is featured. Positive messages include problem solving, teamwork, and overcoming obstacles and mistakes. The show is hosted by Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) and features Yolanda Gampp (YouTube's How to Cake It) and Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters) as judges.
Is It Any Good?
It's one thing to have an intriguing premise, but it's another thing for that premise to remain exciting after a season's worth of episodes. Crime Scene Kitchen has a sharp hook, as teams of chefs try to figure out what happened in a kitchen before they got there. But it feels like the series is simplified to the point where the premise becomes dull. The "crime scenes" only feature desserts, which puts a limit on the types of ingredients and techniques that are seen. Contestants still have a tough time cracking the puzzles, but because baking is such a specific skill, it's easy to see right away which teams are good and which aren't. For a show about solving mysteries, it's unfortunately light on suspense.
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