A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV 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.
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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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