A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Series intends to entertain rather than to educate. Viewers see the contestants use various baking and decorating techniques, but teaching skills is not a focus of the show.
Female and male professional bakers compete, challenging gender stereotypes related to the field. Contestants hail from different backgrounds and ways of life; e.g., one episode features a man who refers to his past as a drag entertainer. Overall, contest is a friendly one; in some moments, competitors tease opponents in mostly good-natured ways. In addition to demonstrating creativity and a mastery of culinary arts, participants must deal with judges' criticism, stressful situations, solving problems on the fly.
Positive Role Models
Judges are honest but polite in their feedback. Competitors must manage their time well, solve problems creatively, and present their concoctions with confidence. Even though it's a contest, there is much mutual respect among competing bakers.
Infrequent use of mild swearing, such as "badass."
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Products & Purchases
Series is an effective extended ad for Girl Scout cookies. Participants' professional work and their businesses get visibility as well, as do some of the locations where the taste tests happen. Girl Scout program receives accolades throughout.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasionally recipes call for champagne.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Girl Scout Cookie Championship is a competition series in which contestants create desserts that incorporate favorite Girl Scout cookie flavors. A combination of judges' assessments and votes from amateur taste testers determine the winners through two rounds. The show also promotes the value of scouting through testimonials from participants, the general public, and a handful of scouts themselves, who also bestow on the contestants helpful tips about marketing and selling their products. Expect some infrequent language ("badass," for instance) and good-natured verbal sparring in the kitchen, but also plenty of creativity and masterful baking on display.
Is It Any Good?
This show leans heavily on its connection to the famous cookie brand to gloss over the fact that it's an otherwise unremarkable addition to the reality competition rotation. The format smacks of too many other baking and cooking contests, and aside from the curiosity factor of the particular cookies themselves, there's little that distinguishes this series from the numerous others like it.
Even so, confectionary enthusiasts who do watch will find that the bakers are diligent, creative, and skilled at their craft. Also likable is how the show incorporates the Girl Scout mission beyond the cookies themselves. Participants and others reflect on scouting memories, and current scouts discuss the program's benefits and share some of their marketing techniques with the bakers. The bottom line? Girl Scout Cookie Championship doesn't attempt to reinvent the wheel of reality kitchen contests, but a niche audience of Girl Scouts and cookie fans may want to watch for novelty's sake.
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