A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some light learning about baking techniques and ingredients.
Positive themes around perseverance and being a fair competitor.
Positive Role Models
Contestants are very skilled bakers and demonstrate being good sports.
Contestants and judges come from diverse racial, cultural, gender, and geographical backgrounds. Some contestants talk about their cultural heritage and how it relates to their food.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of Dr. Seuss product placement, as well as a QR code that links to Amazon's Dr. Seuss storefront. Some other brands mentioned by name or via logo. Some mentions of $50,000 cash prize.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol is occasionally used as a baking ingredient.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge is a baking competition show where all the culinary creations are inspired by the works of Dr. Seuss. While the show is generally kid friendly, parents should know that it is very promo-heavy (especially promoting the Dr. Seuss brand). There is a QR code on screen at the end of each episode which takes viewers to Amazon's Dr. Seuss storefront if the link is followed on a mobile device. There are other brands mentioned verbally and shown visually as well. Otherwise, there's no questionable content (except for a few recipes which are made with alcohol). The series is hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley of Sister, Sister fame.
Is It Any Good?
This baking competition show follows a tried-and-true format, but it doesn't fail to deliver on amazing-looking desserts. Kids will love seeing the cake artists in Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge perfectly translate Seuss's fantastical characters and worlds into sugary confections. The pacing is a bit slow, but kids into baking shows will likely still enjoy this one. Grown-ups may enjoy the promotional nature of the show a little less. While Seuss books are of course beloved classics, there is also a Seuss Enterprises behind the brand (we know, because the CEO makes appearances on the show), and it's possible kids may be inspired to buy Seuss books or products. In a Grinch-ish move, the end of the episode features a QR code purporting to lead to a recipe from the show, but instead leads to a page where the Seuss products are featured much more prominently than the recipe. The "free recipe" on the site leads to a grocery website so you can buy ingredients. The show itself is fun, but the promotional aspects may feel too heavy-handed for some grown-ups.
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