Parents' Guide to

Kitchen Nightmares

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fiery Ramsay mouths off at U.S. restaurateurs.

TV Fox Reality TV 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 2+

Great show

A little swearing, but it’s all bleeped out.
age 2+

So good

This is an amazing family friendly show, good for all ages. It is easily one of the best family friendly shows out there, Gordon is nice and affectionate with the staff and owners. It always ends nicely, and there is no violence or swearing! NINOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (6):

While Ramsays' dedication to the projects goes without question, fans familiar with the U.K. show will notice a definite lack of hands-on effort from Ramsay in this version. Instead of rolling up his sleeves and pitching in, he spends even more time critiquing from the sidelines, hurling his famously brutal insults at everyone within ear's reach when their work isn't up to par. And, true to form, he makes no effort to tone down his famous red-letter language, which often is so doused with multiple forms of his favorite word -- "f--k" -- that the rest of his message gets lost in the percussion of bleeps. (In episodes where the kitchen staff jumps on the cursing bandwagon, too, you might as well turn off the TV for all the enjoyment you'll get out of any positive dialogue among teacher and students.)

While the restaurant transformations -- each of which takes place over the course of a week -- are amazing and Ramsay's expertise certainly helps the struggling owners save their businesses, overall Kitchen Nightmares focuses too much on its star's fiery personality and the interpersonal dramas between him and the staffers he's been sent in to help. There's little to enjoy here unless you're hooked on the hot-tempered drama of reality TV.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: September 19, 2007
  • Cast: Gordon Ramsay
  • Network: Fox
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: January 9, 2023

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