Family Food Showdown

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Family cooking show focuses on good food and light drama.

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

Positive Messages

Families from diverse backgrounds work together in the kitchen and mostly succeed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show casts a diverse range of contestants who are willing to work hard.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Occasionally, contestants will use pre-packaged foods, but show doesn't go out of its way to show specific brands.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Every once in a while, there may be alcohol used to cook.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Family Food Showdown is a cooking-based game show where two families compete for money. Episodes are themed around the families that are featured (e.g., moms) or the types of cuisines that are cooked (e.g., Italian). The challenges are simple, and the contestants often have professional backgrounds, so everyone comes off well. The show does focus specifically on family dynamics and drama, though they keep it light. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written bytoniejp March 10, 2019

Unfair to winners of the first two rounds

I believe the show has a good concept but it's not fair. If a family wins the first two rounds then they should be the winner. The 3rd round for $10,000... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Each week on FAMILY FOOD SHOWDOWN, two three-person families face off in a series of cooking challenges to win $10,000. Families are given several simple prompts (a favorite childhood meal, for example) and are given a limited amount of time to cook. Meals are then presented to a panel of judges, and the team with the better food wins. Valerie Bertinelli hosts.

Is it any good?

The most interesting thing about this fun, simple cooking show is its focus on family dynamics, and how working together under pressure can change them. Sometimes the ideas can feel a little antiquated -- the episode about moms, for example, repeatedly focuses on "who is the boss of the kitchen" -- but Family Food Showdown generally keeps the drama light and shows families succeeding together despite occasional in-fighting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cooking together. How do the contestants on Family Food Showdown work in the kitchen? What does it mean to work together on a task like this?

  • Did the families cook any foods you've never seen before? What are they? Do you like to try new foods or do you prefer old favorites? 

TV details

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For kids who love competition shows

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