Acorn Media
Alynda Wheat
February 25, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
Gordon Ramsay
BBC America
Reality TV

We gave it an A-

You know bad Gordon Ramsay. He’s the one braying on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. Good Gordon Ramsay does exist, however. You just have to look overseas to find ? him. The proof can be found in the original British version of Nightmares. As on the U.S. show, the star chef helps ailing ?eateries, but the U.K. Nightmares is far less dramatic — and ?I mean that in a good way. Absent is the cheesy, bombastic ?music so omnipresent in the Fox remake, and Ramsay even provides a gentle voice-over. (When he does shout, you ?get the sense he isn’t just doing so for the cameras.) The ?chef also takes more time to see if the businesses survive — some don’t, with one owner vowing to sue. You can view ?these visits in their entirety on the included Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares Revisited series. As for other EXTRAS, there are none and we don’t need them, because if ?this show’s taught us anything — on either continent — it’s that we can do without the bells and whistles. A?

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