Somebody Feed Phil

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Fun food tourism show features global cultures and cuisines.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Somebody Feed Phil's host, Phil, is curious about a wide variety of cultures and cuisines, and he's willing to try dishes even though he may have reservations about them. The show highlights numerous spots around the world and can offer an intimate look into their indigenous culinary offerings.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Somebody Feed Phil is a food and tourism show that visits a wide variety of locations and cultures, but views them through a distinctly American point-of-view. The host Phil Rosenthal is charming and relatable, and is reverent to all the people around the globe sharing their lives and cuisines with him.


No human violence is shown on Somebody Feed Phil, but there is ample space given to butchery, eating live animals, and other practices that deal with animals as food.


Somebody Feed Phil is a food tourism show, so each segment is essentially an advertisement, and there is a good deal of product placement.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Host Phil and guests are often seen drinking alcohol with their meals. Smoking is shown in background  and scenic shots. There is no drug use featured on the show.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Somebody Feed Phil is a food and travel show starring Philip Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond. Spanning the globe, each episode takes place in a different city, where Phil visits popular attractions and eats local cuisine. The show is mostly interested in well-known and well-loved spots, so fans of food tourism shows will likely see familiar places. Phil and guests sometimes drink alcohol with their meals, and smoking can sometimes be seen in background and establishing shots. No violence is shown, but the show does feature some practices like butchery in which animals are turned into food.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 12-year-old Written bymbmartin874 June 29, 2021

Geography + food = awesome

I'm not really sure why Common Sense rated this only 3 family loves this show. It gives a taste of geography, which my kids (in fact most Americ... Continue reading
Adult Written byj8mith September 8, 2020

Fun show with gentle humour

Great commentary on the importance of friends and family, of making connections with other cultures as members of our extended human family.
Kid, 11 years old April 29, 2021

“Come On, People” as Phil Would Say!

Looking for a food + travel show? And maybe a little bit of comedy, just for fun? Try this one! Every episode is worth watching, and not only does it showcase d... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 10, 2021

Great Series

This show is all around great, the host Phil Rosenthal is going around the world and trying food and sharing it with others. There is minor language, and the oc... Continue reading

What's the story?

Philip Rosenthal, best known as the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, loves food. On SOMEBODY FEEL PHIL, he travels from city to city across the globe and samples different cuisines, from food he's very familiar with -- like New York pizza -- to food he's not -- like live octopus. He learns about the indigenous cuisines and cultures of all the places he visits and explores what makes them unique, both in their culinary offerings and sight-seeing hotspots. Places traveled include Tel Aviv, New Orleans, Cape Town, Seoul, Marrakesh, and many more.

Is it any good?

Well-known spots in exotic locales is a bland template for a food and travel show. The one unique thing Somebody Feed Phil adds to the mix is its host, Phil Rosenthal, who is at turns enthusiastic, curious, and brash. Rosenthal has a talent for providing a relatable (and extremely American) point-of-view on even the most unfamiliar cuisine, but the viewer's experience with the show will likely depend on whether they find him charming or cloying.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the featured city. Where did Phil visit this episode of Somebody Feed Phil? Where is this city located? What is near there? What did Phil eat? What are the popular foods of this city? What are some of the hidden treasures?

  • What was Phil's opinion about the city and the cuisine before he visited? Did his opinions change? How? What made him change his mind?

  • What did you know about this city before this  episode? How did your knowledge of the city change? What surprised you? Are there any places you'd like to visit or food you'd like to try yourself?

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