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The series focuses more on successfully running a restaurant as a business than on cooking good food. The contestants are competitive but usually polite, though they bicker considerably when under pressure. The couples consist of husbands and wives, mothers, siblings, and friends and colleagues.
Violence & Scariness
Bickering between contestants and with the judges. Occasional arguments between the contestants and clients.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One couple offers to hire strippers or belly dancers to perform at a specific function.
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Words include "damn" and "hell." Watch for stronger language in later episodes.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, champagne, beer, and mixed drinks are served and consumed during meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British reality competition series focuses more on the business side of restaurants than the food. While usually polite (especially according to American standards) when under pressure, the contestants bicker among themselves, with their competitors, and at times with the judges, which sometimes leads to insults and tears. Language includes words like "damn" and "hell," with the potential for some stronger terms in stressful circumstances. Alcoholic beverages are served and consumed during meals.
Is It Any Good?
The series serves up a contrived but honest glimpse into the kind of detailed work that goes into a business where money, commitment, and, above all, reputation is everything. As a result, it lacks some spice -- watching the inexperienced couples struggle over the mundane work necessary to keep their eating establishments afloat isn't exactly edge-of-your-seat TV. And the judges' table isn't that exciting, either, as Blanc's comments about the contestants' restaurateur skills come off sounding more preachy than helpful. Even the moments of higher emotion -- when the frustrated pairs lose their cool with clients, bicker with each other, or shed tears of frustration -- feel more awkward than dishy.
Though under seasoned, Last Restaurant Standing illustrates how it takes more than just being a good cook or enjoying good food to run a profitable restaurant. It may not have a lot to offer young kids, but teens and adults interested in food or the restaurant biz may like the actual reality on this reality show's menu.
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