Kitchen Confidential : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2005
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  • Summary: A single-camera, no-laugh-track comedy set behind the scenes in a big-time New York City restaurant, "Kitchen Confidential" is based on chef Anthony Bourdain's popular memoir.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Food & Cooking

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  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. 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.
  4. All the elements of a first-rate show are in place.... So why isn't it funnier?
  5. 60
    'Kitchen Confidential" is the kind of new TV show that fits perfectly beside the adjective ''promising." Pilots sometimes strain to set up the entire series, and tonight's episode of ''Confidential" has its share of forced material.
  6. 60
    Cooper and Somerville... keep things moving.
  7. Backstage antics are what's supposed to make "Kitchen Confidential" hilarious, but instead the characters just come off as juvenile.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. 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! Expand
  2. ScottJ
    Apr 28, 2006
    10
    Sad that Fox never gave this show a chance. It is another show that no one will see yet it was very, very good.
  3. AudreyG
    May 20, 2006
    10
    i thought this was wonderfully done and extremely funny. fox lost a viewer when they cancelled it!!
  4. nick
    Oct 6, 2005
    9
    excellent first 3 episodes.. laughed really hard! worth a look.
  5. Keith
    Oct 7, 2005
    9
    I loved "Hell's Kitchen" so I decided to check this show out because I was having Chef Ramsey withdrawals. This show was hilarious. Its I loved "Hell's Kitchen" so I decided to check this show out because I was having Chef Ramsey withdrawals. This show was hilarious. Its definitely one of the better TV shows Ive seen in awhile. Its cleaver, and funny as all get out. I highly recommend it. I just hope the studio execs at FOX dont yank it before it really gets to blossom. Expand
  6. 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. Collapse
  7. matta
    Oct 17, 2005
    3
    To be honest, actually might kind of like this show if I didn't already know about a watch Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, To be honest, actually might kind of like this show if I didn't already know about a watch Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Extras. Oh wait, this show sucks my ass and isn't even remotely funny. Some of the poorest writing of the fall season, mostly because it thinks it's clever when it's so painfully obvious that it isn't. Hard to believe this show even has a 64. I would put it barely above "Freddie." Maybe. Expand

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