A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages are frequent and genuine, with participants who care deeply about the job they're doing and work visibly hard to be the best. Commitment, endurance, teamwork are all on display and may inspire viewers to put more effort into their own battles.
Positive Role Models
Hannah Grant, noted expert in her field and best-selling author, is a terrific example of a person who struggled, even dropped out of high school, before finding a career that her inner voice told her was right. We get to know her and many of the team's athletes, coaches and relate to their struggles.
Violence & Scariness
Cyclists are occasionally injured -- real footage shows them sliding, falling off bikes, hitting their heads, crashing through barriers, breaking bones. Career-ending potential of injuries is explored at length.
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Language is infrequent: the odd "hell," "f--k" is bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hannah Grant's mother didn't want her to be a chef because "alcoholism is so common in that business." Alcohol is an ingredient in some dishes, and adults drink wine with dinner and visit an absinthe distillery in their travels.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eat. Race. Win. is a documentary series about a team competing in the Tour de France bicycling race, and the chefs who keep them well-fed on their 21-day tour. The series is pleasing to the eyes, interesting, and full of positive messages: Both chefs and cyclists throw themselves into their tasks, pushing themselves to the limits to succeed. The show is largely free of issues that will concern parents: no sex, no drugs, and language is confined to an infrequent "hell" or bleeped "f--k." The only violence is rider injury: We do occasionally see a rider falling, flipping, sliding, or crashing, and the damage injuries can do to a rider's career is underlined.
Is It Any Good?
This series lights all the burners, succeeding as a cooking show, a behind-the-scenes look at a Tour de France team, and a workplace drama all at once. Viewers who don't already have an interest in cycling may balk at watching a docuseries about the sport, but though Eat. Race. Win. does run through a lot of cycling terminology and methodology, cycling soon emerges as more like a framework around the show's real challenge: How to keep nine hungry athletes and their attendant crowd fueled both physically and emotionally.
As Grant points out in the first episode, there are two Tours de France: the one everyone knows, and hers. As the Tour de France team cycles over 3,500 kilometers (that's 2,200 miles for Yanks), Grant and her team have to shop and cook on the run, the movable kitchen taking the form of two food trucks that follow the athletes, the shopping in eye-pleasing markets and on beautiful farms around Europe. It's a big job, exactly the kind of thing that's fun to watch from a comfy couch. You can't taste the lamb shoulder or goat cheese bruschetta, but watching Grant and company churn it out, and the hard-working team make it disappear, is delightfully entertaining.
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