The American version of Kitchen Nightmares is just downright atrocious. The first half hour is always Gordon humiliating folks and dialing up the drama on already pretty contentious situations, then they get around to some Extreme Makeover: Restaurant Edition bullshit and faux-sentimentality in the second half. It's never about really solving the fundamental issues with these places. It's about cartoon Gordon winding nutters up so the execs have something juicy to exploit in their previews. It's fucking shameful.