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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Families from diverse backgrounds work together in the kitchen and mostly succeed.
Positive Role Models
The show casts a diverse range of contestants who are willing to work hard.
Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.