Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Tween-friendly show mixes travel, food, science.

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

Positive Messages

The series features interesting foods from around the world in a way that's positive, nonjudgmental, and accepting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Corwin approaches traditional meals and customs with excitement and respect. He also demonstrates an understanding of science in some of his explanations about the food-preparation process.

Violence & Scariness

Animals and seafood are dissected, skinned, and skewered. Corwin jokingly refers to some of the animal dissections as “horror shows."

Sexy Stuff

Corwin occasionally offers some very mild sexual innuendo that will go over the head of young viewers. Some meals traditionally celebrate rites of passage like circumcision. Other cultures eat animal genitalia, like testicles.


Occasional use of words like “ass”; the Spanish word “cojones” is also used.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The making of local alcoholic drinks is discussed; they're also consumed. Alcohol is used for some dishes, and some meals are enjoyed accompanied by wines and traditional beverages.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality/food series -- in which biologist Jeff Corwin explores delicacies from around the world -- includes a bit of very mild sexual innuendo that will go over kids' head and infrequent uses of words like "ass." Alcohol is used to prepare meals, some episodes talk about how alcoholic beverages are produced, and wine and local liquors are often consumed during meals. While the series isn’t violent, some very young or sensitive viewers might get squeamish during scenes of how some of the traditional delicacies are prepared and consumed (which can include seeing animals skinned and dissected).

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What's the story?

EXTREME CUISINE follows biologist Jeff Corwin as he travels around the world checking out interesting foods. He spends time gathering raw ingredients on land and by sea -- all according to local custom -- in order to create each new culture's time-honored treats. With the help of locals, Corwin explains how the ingredients are traditionally prepared; he also offers general scientific information about how the processes work. And, ultimately, his hosts show him the right way to eat the traditional delicacies once they're served.

Is it any good?

This tween-friendly series combines the explanation elements of a cooking show with the kinds of colorful scenes you'd expect to see on a travel series. It introduces viewers to food and meals as cultural experiences rather than simply tasting opportunities. Meanwhile, Corwin makes the show entertaining by adding his own unique brand of humor as he prepares each meal. And his honesty about how he feels while preparing and trying some of the more unusual dishes makes the experience very relatable.

Some viewers may find themselves getting a little squeamish while watching Corwin and his hosts cut up the lungs of a lamb or chew on wild snails. Others may find that, despite the show's title, it lacks some edginess. But for foodies of all ages, this series will defnitely whet the appetite.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about food. Does your family have a traditional food or meal? Where does the tradition come from? Do you think people outside your family would think that this food was strange or different? Why?

  • Do you like to try new foods when you travel? Is there anything that you would be afraid to try? Why?

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