Whites

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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British restaurant comedy with some salty language.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

When things are working in the kitchen, teamwork is critical. But there's also a comic message about on-the-job dysfunction.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While several characters take their jobs seriously and try earnestly to do good work, Roland is rather lazy and downright rude at times. That said, he's a good man at heart.

Violence
Sex

Light kissing, sexual innuendo, and some sexual situations (a character has to transport his sperm for an insemination, etc.).

Language

Audible words like "c--k," "bollocks," "ass," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking off the clock and at least one character smokes cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the content of this British restaurant-based comedy is rather mild, it's not likely a show to interest kids or teens. There's some audible language (words like "c--k," "bollocks," and "ass") along with light sexual innuendo, although it's very subtle. There's also social drinking after work, but it's minimal.

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What's the story?

Centering on the behind-the-scenes antics at a country house hotel's upscale restaurant, WHITES is really about Roland White (Alan Davies), the eatery's largely checked-out chef de cuisine who's perfectly capable of cooking up a masterpiece...if he only cared enough. Rounding out the crew are Roland's loyal sous chef, Bib (Darren Boyd), restaurant manager Caroline (Katherine Parkinson), and ambitious newcomer Skoose (Stephen Wight), who's got his eye on Bib's job.

Is it any good?

Whites already aired in the UK before finding its way to Hulu. But even in Britain, it couldn't secure a second season, thanks largely to mixed reviews that found it well-cast and well-made but tepidly entertaining.

That's generally our view, too, although foodies will find a lot to like with off-color jokes about offal and tempting shots of plated meals that look good enough to eat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between British and American comedies. Is British humor inherently different? How would the show change if it were remade for an American audience?

  • Are British broadcasters generally less stringent about airing iffy unbleeped language on television? Has America changed its standards to compete?

  • What's fueling the trend of shows about food and restaurants, particularly when it comes to reality TV? Why is it fun to watch people prepare food you can't taste -- or even smell?

TV details

For kids who love food entertainment

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