What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series pits celebs' strong personalities against each other in a competition for shared ownership of a new restaurant, so heated arguments laced with strong language ("damn," "ass," and "bitch," as well as bleeped "f--k" and "s--t") is commonplace. Attempts at teamwork and compromise often give way to name-calling and backbiting, and drinking is both a source of pleasure and a means of coping with stress. On a positive note, the show's judges recognize individuals' positive contributions -- like original ideas and peacemaking efforts.
What's the story?
In FAMOUS FOOD, seven celebs compete for the approval of two renowned restaurateurs in a frenzied 28-day quest to turn a Hollywood eyesore into the latest dining hotspot, with the winner earning the rights to half of the eatery itself. The participants must work together to design the restaurant from the ground up, staying within a strict budget and often rolling up their own sleeves to keep the project on schedule. The contestant pool includes reality star Heidi Montag, notorious escort Ashley Dupre, Three 6 Mafia rappers DJ Paul and Juicy J, and former Bachelor Jake Pavelka.
Is it any good?
It's hard to feel invested in a group of outrageous celebrities raucously vying for a role that many of them could simply buy without a second thought. The show makes little attempt to downplay the catty behavior that erupts among the stars, and the extreme nature of the challenge encourages bubbling tempers, backbiting, and the blame game when things go wrong. There's some merit to the fact that the project's success hinges on the stars' ability to overcome their differences and work as a team and that individuals are singled out for positive contributions, but these fleeting moments usually take a backseat to the bickering.
The show also serves as a platform for the stars to exercise their inflated egos, which, despite their professed passion for the food industry, raises the question of whether this was their ultimate goal in joining the project in the first place. Heated arguments are smattered with strong language, and drinking on the job is a regular endeavor for a few of the stars. Ultimately, though, it's these same qualities that make the show a compelling guilty-pleasure watch for reality fans.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether this show reflects reality. Do the participants' actions seem believable? Do you think they really care about whether they win? How would the show be different if the contestants were regular people rather than celebs?
This series offers a glimpse into the world of starting a small business. What challenges face entrepreneurs? What additional restrictions are placed on owners in the food industry? Do you think the benefits outweigh the struggles?
Why does our society revere celebrities? What rules dictate who's a star? Does a star's bad behavior change his or her appeal? Do different rules apply for celebs than for average people?