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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

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  • Summary: Chefs may have escaped from his version of hell, but Gordon Ramsay haunts Fox with his American adaptation of his UK show of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show, Food & Cooking
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Since CBS doesn’t want us to see "Kid Nation" in advance, I guess I’ll just have to declare Kitchen Nightmares the best new reality show of the fall.
  2. 88
    As usual, he's demanding, brutal and fearless. He repeatedly insults egotistical managers and chefs and yells, "Just smell that for me!" And they do.
  3. Mary Poppins it ain't--which is fine because the snooty broad couldn't begin to handle this. [21 Sep 2007, p.74]
  4. The subtext of Kitchen Nightmares is that ordinary middle-class business owners need brash and brilliant moguls to save them from a sad reliance on their own mediocrity. It is an ugly message that Mr. Ramsay makes undeniably hypnotic.
  5. It is loud and manipulative and ugly to behold, but it isn't dull.
  6. Kitchen Nightmares pushes all of the proper emotional buttons to draw we viewers in. But we're never for a moment able to suspend the notion that we, the audience, are being played.
  7. 30
    The show's boorishness is exceeded only by its dissimulation; not one frame of this thing--from the diners who seem not to notice that their table is surrounded by camera crews to the melodramatically villainous managers--is remotely believable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. AnthonyH
    Sep 20, 2007
    10
    Any show with Gordon Ramsay in it gets an A in my book. He's hilarious!
  2. Ann
    Nov 1, 2007
    10
    I will never eat in a restaurant that has flies. I love the show. It would be boring without Gordon's explosive personality.
  3. RS
    Dec 11, 2009
    10
    This is a great show. Yes he can be rough and mean and almost done right hateful, but I would be to with dealing with some of these bone This is a great show. Yes he can be rough and mean and almost done right hateful, but I would be to with dealing with some of these bone heads he deals with. I live in the kitchen myself and to see some of these places makes me sick. Expand
  4. ChrisC.
    Sep 20, 2007
    9
    I saw this last night for the first time and thought it was amazing. I hope the rest of the episodes live up to the standard set in the first I saw this last night for the first time and thought it was amazing. I hope the rest of the episodes live up to the standard set in the first episode. Expand
  5. EricE
    Jan 18, 2008
    8
    I just can't get enough of Ramsey. He is rude, brash, brazen and insulting, but I love it. Some of the stuff these restaurants do really I just can't get enough of Ramsey. He is rude, brash, brazen and insulting, but I love it. Some of the stuff these restaurants do really make you wonder when you go into someplace to eat. I almost want to tell the hostess I have to tour their kitchen first after watching this show. Expand
  6. DickS.
    Oct 19, 2007
    8
    Having been in the restaurant business I am amazed at how some of these places he has found to "fix" are actually open. Where is the health Having been in the restaurant business I am amazed at how some of these places he has found to "fix" are actually open. Where is the health department that always seems to be in my place when something had just gone wrong! Aren't these owners and managers ashamed that they actually run places like this! And to even think that they are doing things right and no one should tell them differently. More of these awful establishments need to be exposed and then maybe the entire restaurant industry will be better off. I personally cannot stand Gordon R. but I appreciate what he is doing. I am surprised that he hasn't taken a blow-torch to some of these places! That is about all they deserve. Just proves that not everyone can run a restaurant - no matter what they think! Expand
  7. CraigB
    Oct 25, 2007
    0
    Another piece of junk from Fox. Oh, great idea, let's have the star totally destroy ANY self confidence the contestants have. Are you Another piece of junk from Fox. Oh, great idea, let's have the star totally destroy ANY self confidence the contestants have. Are you listening, Simon? I'm proud to say I've never seen any episode of American Idle. This show is no better. Expand

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