Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Comfort food hot spots make for fun family viewing.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series features eateries that serve of various kinds of comfort foods from across the country (which tend toward high-fat, high-calorie). The legacy of some of these dishes and/or eateries are often discussed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fieri offers lots of positive things to say about the food and the people who prepare them. Many of the people featured are continuing their family's legacies.


Occasionally humorous references are made to food looking and/or tasting “sexy."


The names and general locations of all the restaurants are prominently shown. Popular chefs, like Mario Batali, are sometimes referenced.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasionally food is served alongside beer or other alcoholic beverages, though it's rarely the focus of the show.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this food docuseries -- which features local food joints across the country that serve up comfort food -- frequently focuses on high-calorie, high-fat food. It contains some mild references to food looking or tasting “sexy”, and on occasion meals are enjoyed over beers and/or other alcoholic beverages. The names and general location of each restaurant is prominently featured. Overall, the show is mild, and might be a show families can enjoy together, though kids without an interest in food or food preparation might be bored.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAttitudes April 2, 2020


I wonder why their is so little representation for the Bronx and inner city eateries?
Adult Written bymotorhead June 7, 2019

American Food Only

I'd like one episode with plain old meat and potatoes restaurants. Just one.No Italian, German SPANISH, etc. I realize old time American food is a Europea... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byposhspice4life April 28, 2017


Wow, what a show!! Guy is AMAZING and soooo funny lol! And those frosted tips?! SO HAWT
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat August 14, 2020

We’re watching it right now.

Haa my dad likes this show. We are actually watching it right now.
P.S tomorrow is my birthday!

What's the story?

DINERS, DRIVE-INS, and DIVES is a fun docuseries that features interesting local eateries that serve up great comfort food. Host Guy Fieri travels across the country checking out diners, cafes, and other food joints that are known to their local communities for serving up delicious (and sometimes unique) comfort foods. Fieri goes into each kitchen to see how popular dishes like 3-Star Meat Loaf, Lemonade Pork Chops, and Twisty Diner Bread are prepared. After some quick demonstrations, the lucky host gets to taste the food first hand. Conversations with restaurant owners, long-time employees, and happy clients also shed light on the eateries’ history.

Is it any good?

The down-to-earth series features lots of mouth-watering old-time favorites as well as interesting variations of popular dishes. The series also highlights how many of these restaurants reflect the local flavors and/or traditions of the local culture. Fieri’s energy and excitement for every dish adds to the show’s charm.

Foodies looking for examples of elegant dining won’t find it here. But if you are looking for examples of places that serve up finger-licking good food, or some ideas on how to prepare it, this show will be sure to please.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about food. What is your favorite dish? Where does the recipe come from? Does this dish have a special meaning to you and/or your family? Is there a restaurant in your community that serves it?

  • Comfort foods and other dishes are fun to eat, but aren’t always the healthiest choices. When is it okay to eat these foods? When is it a good idea to limit them and make different choices? What does this TV show say about people’s eating habits? How does the media contribute to these habits? Parents: Here’s some information about managing your kids’ exposure to unhealthy food advertising.

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For kids who love food and the environment

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