Kitchen Confidential : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2005
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    90
    One of the sharpest-looking comedy pilots in recent years.
  2. 80
    So no, the jokes aren't as haute as the cuisine. But presentation, on the plate or on television, goes a long way, and Confidential has the look of a winner.
  3. 63
    "Kitchen Confidential" holds more potential than tonight's decent if imperfect start, given Star's track record and casting.
  4. The antics, though, are standard sitcom - and, refreshingly, many actually are funny.
  5. Only a few scenes capture the swagger and passion that made Bourdain's memoir so enthralling.
  6. It embodies many of the same elements that made Star's HBO half-hour a winner. That means an energetic blend of sex, sophistication, outlandishness and rat-a-tat-tat dialogue spilling from the mouths of effortlessly attractive characters in a sleek setting.
  7. This is one smart, funny comedy that deserves better than the anemic time slot it’s getting.
  8. The writing is sharp and sophisticated, avoiding the predictable sitcom cliches.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    Anyone who wants to take a walk on the wild side and lose an appetite in the process, your show has arrived.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Aug 15, 2011
    7
    Although the acting is good the writing does not quite make it. It did have potential. The show has some funny moments and would have doneAlthough the acting is good the writing does not quite make it. It did have potential. The show has some funny moments and would have done better if it was more mature. As it is, it feels like it was written for 15 year olds experiencing testosterone for the first time. The station did well to pull it and put the show out of its misery. Full Review »
  2. TriciaS
    Jul 28, 2007
    10
    Puhleez bring it back! It's tasteful comedy without being boring. It's a laugh! It's refreshing after watching complicated Puhleez bring it back! It's tasteful comedy without being boring. It's a laugh! It's refreshing after watching complicated plots within never ending plots of 24 or Lost. It has the potential to last as long as Friends did! It's a shame it was cancelled. What really happened?! There are shows out there that don't have the wit Kitchen Confidential has! Full Review »
  3. AudreyG
    May 20, 2006
    10
    i thought this was wonderfully done and extremely funny. fox lost a viewer when they cancelled it!!