A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Creating things you enjoy generates joy and connection. Seeing people express themselves generates compassion and empathy from others.
Positive Role Models
The judges express empathy for the contestants and identify with contestants when they feel stressed. The contestants empathize with each other during the baking process.
Tamera Mowry-Housley is one of the kindhearted judges of the show along with Bill Yosses, who bucks the stereotype of male chefs being mean and brisk (or at worse, verbally insulting). The contestants are also from diverse backgrounds and are treated without bias.
Did we miss something on diversity? Suggest an update.
Exclamatory use of "God," "s--t."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
Social media sites such as YouTube and Instagram are mentioned. Some guest judges have made their fame by going viral on Instagram and YouTube.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Baker's Dozen is a baking competition series. It features teams of 13 (baker's dozen!), comprised of both culinary-trained bakers and hobbyists, vying for a cash prize and the golden rolling pin trophy each episode. The series doesn't have many swear words and is generally clean, gentle, and good for families of all ages to watch. Themes such as compassion and empathy are present from the judges and contestants alike.
Is It Any Good?
Baker's Dozen is a show that fans of baking competition shows might think have nothing new to offer them. At the outset, the setup of the series is a cross between The Great British Baking Show, Nailed It, and Food Network-style competitions. Pitting chefs against amateur bakers also isn't completely new either. But whereas Food Network used the concept to create high tension, Baker's Dozen gives viewers a softer, more heartfelt message: to quote Ratatouille, "Anyone can cook."
Tamera Mowry-Housley and former presidential chef Bill Yosses exude happiness, kindness and empathy as they gently, but firmly judge 13 bakers to see who will win the golden rolling pin and $5,000 each week. They also help contestants when they feel stressed, such as Yosses telling one contestant who was near tears with worry about the time he panicked while preparing a dessert course at The White House. The contestants are also just as nice, cheering each other on and not negatively judging each other on their skill levels. As one culinary-trained contestant said, it's not the training that gives any person an edge over a skilled hobbyist baker. Even though some contestants might be working chefs, no one feels like they are would the win more than someone else. Overall, Baker's Dozen is a fun way to watch talented bakers make incredible cakes, chocolates and cookies.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.