A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's not a lot of time on the show to actually get to know people, but there's something to be said for the perseverance and positive attitude contestants show while making desserts that are clearly above their skill level.
Positive Role Models
A lot of the contestants are trying to become better bakers for the important people in their life: their friends and families.
Violence & Scariness
There's a cake that depicts a man being eaten by a shark, but that's the closest the show comes to violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional sexual innuendo and jokes.
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Mild profanity. For example, Nicole Byer thinks an emoji cake "may be peeing."
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Products & Purchases
There's a sponsored prize in each episode.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's a lot of recreational drinking, and some jokes about alcoholism.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nailed It! is a comedy baking show that challenges home cooks to re-create professionally made novelty desserts, with hilariously disastrous results. Everyone is pretty much set up to fail, but they all seem in on the joke, so it just feels like hanging out with a bunch of terrible cooks in the kitchen while the host, Nicole Byer, heckles them.
Is It Any Good?
Even though this series sets up the contestants to fail, and even though you know it's coming from a mile away, the disasters produced are still hilarious. Everyone has a sense of humor about themselves and their cooking, so while the chefs are constantly being heckled by the host and judges, there are no hurt feelings, and they also celebrate the chefs (infrequent) successes.
Importantly, not all of the humor in Nailed It! comes at the expense of the chefs. There are plenty of other gimmicks built in to the show to keep it from becoming too much about failure. The winner of the first round has to wear a ridiculous hat, for example, or the chefs can press a button to have Byer come over to annoy their rivals for three minutes -- and sometimes the joy simply comes from Byer and the judges trying to figure out how to eat the dessert disasters.
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