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Three Sheets

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Fun travel show, but heavy drinking is glorified.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

With a focus specifically on drinking, the show sends a strong message that drinking to excess is okay. At the same time, there is informative material that delves into the cultural and historical origins of many of the drinks and regions, so the show is not without educational value.

Positive role models

The show's host is paid to travel the world and drink for a living. He frequently cracks jokes that glorify overconsumption of alcohol. He and others sometimes drink a lot. At the same time, he does exhibit a natural curiosity for other cultures.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language

Strongest words include "pissed," "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism

As the host travels the world sampling beverages, there is occasional mention of specific products available in each locality -- Guinness beer, for example.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The entire premise of the show is built on experiencing alcoholic beverages in cities around the world. Drinking sessions are frequently depicted as extending beyond the limits of social drinking -- beer chugging contests, for example. Occasional smoking in crowds in bars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality travelogue's primary focus is on how different cultures consume alcohol, and often features over consumption of alcohol, like beer chugging contests. Some viewers use the show to participate in a drinking game, where certain images or incidents denote when viewers should drink. The show does have some redeeming value, as it explores various world cultures and their eating and drinking habits.

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What's the story?

One thing people in every country around the world seem to have in common is an appetite for a good meal. Often those meals are preceded or followed by alcoholic beverages -- wine, beer, liquor, and beyond. On THREE SHEETS (as in \"three sheets to the wind\"), comedian Zane Lamprey travels the world in search of good food and drink, with a strong emphasis on the drink part. He explores local customs and beverages unique to each area, seeks out the history behind each region's specialities, and inevitably ends up in an exuberant local bar where he experiences the area's night life.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The template for Three Sheets has been developed over many other series, most especially on the Travel Channel. Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations is the gold standard. A lively, humorous, curious host arrives in an unexplored locale and proceeds to learn what he can about the local food and drink from area residents.

Three Sheets focuses almost entirely on alcoholic drinks, although there is some attention paid to great local meals as well. Host Zane Lamprey is easy to watch and does a good job of interacting with the locals at each location. When it's not simply Lamprey experiencing the city, there are some comedy bits that feel forced as they attempt to integrate interesting background information in a clever way with attempts at humorous graphics and voiceover. With a more straightforward approach and a stronger reliance on Lamprey's natural style, the show could be even more entertaining. As it stands, it's still a pretty diverting half hour, and a natural for foodies and travel buffs -- though the emphasis on alcohol makes it a poor fit for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the show presents alcohol consumption. Did watching the show make you more interested in drinking? Why or why not?

  • What were some of the key similarities and differences you noticed between the cultures depicted on the show and American culture?

TV details

Premiere date:June 18, 2006
Cast:Zane Lamprey
Network:Spike
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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