Man v. Food

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Travel show serves up some iffy eating habits.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Although the series spotlights interesting eateries, fun local dishes, and the relationship between regional food and culture, the primary focus is on indulging in large quantities of food.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Interactions between Richman and locals occasionally include some very mild sexual innuendo that's more funny than sexual in nature.


Highlights local eateries from around the country.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Richman is often shown sitting at a table where beer has been served.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this reality series -- which follows host Adam Richman as he travels the country trying local cuisines and participating in eating challenges -- is pretty mild overall, its focus on overindulging in large portions of food highlights some unhealthy eating habits. There's also some very mild sexual innuendo, as well as some alcohol (mostly beer) consumption during meals.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMatthew R. February 17, 2019

Best food competition on the planet!

I absolutely love this show. Lots of challenges which Adam Richman in the early seasons and Casey Webb in the later seasons have to conquer from the hottest foo... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 9-year-old Written byCoachT January 15, 2010

Perfect for the whole family!

Yeah the guy eats more than he should but that's what makes this so fun to watch! I think the best part is that you get to see all the great food our count... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 16, 2012

Just OK.

I don't really watch it anymore. It kind of gets old after awhile.
Kid, 10 years old December 28, 2011

Man v. Food

Very good show but it has some language like h**l, a**, and d**n and they bleep the bad words that are even worse and in a lot of episodes, Adam drinks beer.

What's the story?

MAN V. FOOD follows self-proclaimed food fanatic Adam Richman as he travels America -- from Amarillo to Pittsburgh -- looking for the country's biggest and boldest foods. Along the way, he explores local cultures and flavors, checking out each destination's traditional dishes. He also serves up some of the history behind each eatery he visits. But the real fun comes when Richman bellies up to participate in local food challenges, which range from eating a 7.5 pound hamburger with all the fixings in under an hour to swallowing the country's spiciest phaal curry. After surviving each gastronomic adventure, Richman moves on to a new town looking for his next delicious meal.

Is it any good?

Man v. Food offers some interesting history about some of America's local haunts and their contributions to regional cuisine. It also looks at how some of these restaurants have become local landmarks -- and at how the meals they prepare have become a major part of American culture.

But the show also serves up some unappetizing messages. Its constant focus on "eating big" converts the pleasure of occasionally indulging in a fun meal into an exercise in gluttony. Meanwhile, Richman's gleeful comments about "pigging out" and his on-screen gorging -- which is intended to be somewhat funny -- underscore the kind of thinking and behavior that leads to obesity and other medical problems. Some people may find this kind of thing fun to watch, but the mixed messages it sends about this country's relationship with food makes it a little unsavory.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of messages that the media sends about food and eating. Do you think participating in challenges like the ones featured in this show is really healthy? Check out some of our tips on talking about the relationship between media, food, and physical health. Families can also discuss the different kinds of food you can find throughout the country. What are your favorite dishes? Do you know where or how they originated? Are they originally from the United States? Would you be willing to travel across the country to eat them?

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