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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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66

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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 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: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Nov 12, 2011
    9
    After seeing 5 seasons of Kitchen Nightmares and showing how failing restaurants needs Gordon Ramsey's help, I've decided to write an review after part two of Burger Kitchen. This is a very great show to me. I feel Gordon Ramsey's trying to help the people asking for help even if some of these people are too arrogant about asking for help. The show does show some good drama it also show how dirty some kitchens that either doesn't know how to take care of their kitchens or left it in an sorry state. To me the best part of this show is that it shows where the restaurants are at so people in the local area or people who's going to visit an area near it can go out to eat when it's new and improve. It also shows some success and failures so people get the 411 on these local eateries. Those in who are or aren't in the restaurant business should watch the show. Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2014
    9
    Kitchen Nightmares is a great show with chef Gordon Ramsey from Hell's Kitchen. On the show he visits
    restaurants that are in crisis and he
    turns their problems into success. This is the best show I've seen
    Gordon Ramsey on.
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