Feed the Beast: Season 1 Reviews

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July 11, 2016
That they couldn't finesse the script a little more is a pity, but it wouldn't have saved a show that can't figure out whether its spirit animal is August Escoffier or Guy Fieri.
June 7, 2016
Peel away the flashy gimmicks of the pilot, and there just might be some substance underneath.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 6, 2016
Another show would organize around either Tommy and his earnestly played grief or Dion and his seedy folly. Feed The Beast tries to organize around both. The result is two poorly cooked tastes that don't go great together.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 6, 2016
It's never a good sign when a critic, in the midst of what is clearly supposed to be a Very Serious and Emotionally Revealing scene, finds herself thinking of Matthew Perry.
June 6, 2016
In an age of "too much TV," series have to start stronger, hold up longer and leave a better aftertaste... Even if a few select ingredients may make you want to take another bite, each episode ends up a flavorless hodgepodge of expired scraps.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 6, 2016
By the second episode the series has settled into sturdy, tension-filled drama.
June 5, 2016
In the early episodes, at least, there's not much Mr. Schwimmer can do with Tommy, the victim's victim. When he gets beaten up by a man in a wheelchair, you wish you could tell him to clock out and head home early.
June 3, 2016
It's hard to think of a story as often told, and yet so unsatisfying, as that of a restaurant. Sure, restaurants are precarious enterprises, narrowly avoiding failure night after night, but stress is not the same thing as a narrative.
June 3, 2016
Schwimmer does his best TV work yet in Feed the Beast, breaking viewers' hearts just as Tommy's has been broken. His pain reaches out and grabs us, and we root for him to find a way to go on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 3, 2016
It's all a waste of time - a show made from scraps and leftovers and lousily put together. Fascinating to see a recipe gone awry - all sizzle and no steak.
June 3, 2016
The show's biggest problem, though, is it's hard to like either of its main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 3, 2016
Feed the Beast vacillates from being something we've seen often to something that's just not believable, and the dialogue sounds produced by a computer designed to write melodrama.
June 3, 2016
It's a tossup as to what exactly about Beast you may find least bearable. For some, it will be the mix of crime-show melodrama, cheap cynicism and soap-opera theatrics. For others... no one involved seems to have ever heard an actual human being speak.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 3, 2016
Discerning palates will send Feed the Beast back to the kitchen pretty quickly.
June 3, 2016
It's beautiful to look at, but underneath the presentation, there's just bland, lukewarm chicken breast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 3, 2016
The cliche scenes of big-city mob violence are interspersed with lovely shots of stove flames and mouth-watering sautees, but the show's sizzle immediately fizzles.
June 3, 2016
Oh well. The food looks pretty good. But that's not enough to keep this drama from rising above basic cafeteria fare.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 2, 2016
The existence of Feed the Beast is hard to justify at any time, but in an age in which fans of scripted TV have hundreds of choices available, this drama - a flavorless concoction about the opening of a restaurant - seems especially superfluous.
June 2, 2016
The predictability, mostly a product of uninspired direction, isn't as fatal as the dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 2, 2016
It has been developed for AMC by Clyde Phillips (Nurse Jackie, Dexter) from the Danish show Bankerot, and perhaps he will be able to make it all cohere into something less bumpy and predictable.
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