What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?