Good Eats

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Quirky culinary comic mixes food, science, fun.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series offers informative, easy-to-understand explanations of the science behind cooking. It combines science and humor to create a fun, positive educational experience.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Alton Brown's teaching style is witty and informative.

Violence & Scariness

Occasional mild references to violence, but within the context of "fighting" a problem associated with preparing a specific food.

Sexy Stuff

Some extremely mild sexual innuendo (such as vague references to The Naked Chef) that will go over young viewers' head.

Language
Consumerism

On very rare occasions, Brown will mention a product brand name, but only in the context of what works best in a recipe.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol (wine, beer, rum) is occasionally used in a recipe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cooking show -- which offers easy-to-follow recipes and tips accompanied by food science, history, and humor -- is fun and educational for both kids and adults. Host/star Alton Brown's witty, smart approach sometimes includes some very mild references to violence and sexual innuendo, but they'll go over young viewers' head.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 12, and 13-year-old Written byLady Kataana November 6, 2011

We LOVE this show!!!

My kids and I watch this show ALL THE TIME. Even if there are cartoons that they would normally watch, they tell me to stay on this. Alton Brown is hilarious an... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 5, 7, 9, 9, and 10-year-old Written byTabithaWren November 3, 2011

amazing

This is a good show that is entertaining as well as educational. The recipes are easy to follow, they taste great, and you learn a thing or two about the scienc... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 27, 2013

Dentist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the episode olive me with the dentist!he's all "If you had used that unitasker,i wouldn't have to use this one."
Teen, 13 years old Written bycoconutcat November 2, 2011

Real good!

I love this show!
Im pretty sure that even 3 year old will like it!
Why you may ask.

Its full of puppets XD
he uses them to demon strait why yeast rises and su... Continue reading

What's the story?

GOOD EATS is a fun, quirky series that combines science, comedy, and lots of great food. The show centers on culinary expert/author Alton Brown, who uses his unique brand of wit and knowledge to both teach and inspire. He breaks the history, culture, and science associated with ingredients, cooking tools, and dishes into understandable technical terms while preparing everything from French crepes to roasted artichokes. In between cooking segments, Brown exhibits his comedic side in hokey-but-funny sketches that are intended to highlight some of the most important insights about the foods he's preparing.

Is it any good?

The series, which Brown writes and produces, is a great example of how to successfully educate people about food preparation using both wisdom and humor. While some of the offbeat banter occasionally includes some very subtle sexual innuendo (don't worry -- it will go over young viewers' head) and some mild references to violence, overall, the show's amusing but practical approach to the culinary arts will inspire cooks of all ages. Best of all, Brown's energy and passion for cooking have the potential to encourage non-cooks to venture into their kitchens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how television can promote science and learning. Can TV shows geared toward educating people be informative while also being interesting and fun? What shows can you think of that fit that description? Families can also talk about cooking. What are your family's favorite meals? Kids: Have you ever tried cooking? Would you like to? What would you like to make?

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