The Great British Baking Show

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Mild, mouth-watering baking contest great fun for all ages.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 17 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Baking skill, technique, creativity; friendly competition.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Judges are politely honest about contestants' creations.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Occasional, mild innuendo that will fly over kids' heads.

Language

"Hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol often an ingredient; references to having a pint.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Great British Baking Show is a very fun, very polite competition series that's great whole-family viewing; contestants are pitted against each other to create delectable treats, but only one will be crowned the winner. The word "hell" is occasionally audible, and alcohol is a common ingredient. Occasionally there's some very, very mild innuendo that will fly over kids' (and even some adults') heads and a reference or two to "having a pint." Contestants are competitive, but there's no drama between them or the judges. Viewers can learn a few new baking tricks, too.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Written byAnonymous November 10, 2020

Great family show with tons of team work!

My kids (ages 4, 7, 11,) and I love it! A bit of innuendo, but that passes over their heads. I love how the contestants are so supportive of each other. It ha... Continue reading
Adult Written byJSpolar2 October 9, 2019

Great, calm show

Seasons 1-5: safe for anyone!! Season 6 has profanity.

It’s a really wholesome show, but there is the occasional mild profanity throughout seasons 1-5 and God’... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 29, 2018

THE BEST SHOW EVER

When I started watching it I couldn't stop!
If you like baking then this show is good for you, it gives you tips on baking and its fun to see how all the b... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byFantasyNerd May 6, 2019

Great, but some profanity.

This show is great. If you watch it on Netflix, your kids are okay with seasons 1-5. However, there is more profanity in Season 6. In bread week, somebody write... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW (known across the pond as The Great British Bake Off), is an award-winning reality competition that tests people on their ability to create delicious, creative, and technically perfect baked concoctions. Twelve contestants of all ages and backgrounds compete in 30 challenges over the course of 10 weeks in the show’s signature "big tent," under which state-of-the-art baking stations await them. There they spend two days of every week completing three challenges that revolve around a specific baking category. Though two of the challenges require them to present their personal versions of the baked good using their own personal methods, one requires them to follow a recipe created by one of the show's two renowned judges, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. Throughout it all, hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins offer their thoughts and humorous banter. At the end of each episode, a contestant is named star baker for the week and another is eliminated. The last person at his or her oven is crowned Britain's best amateur baker.

Is it any good?

Baking fans will delight in this fun, positive, and decidedly British series, which highlights the craft and beauty of baking while underscoring the work it takes to be good at it. It also allows participants, who range from construction workers to college-prep students from various cultural backgrounds to showcase different ingredients, taste profiles, and techniques that they've developed in their own homes.

Contestants are competitive and the judges are direct, but you won’t find any Top Chef or Gordon Ramsay-like drama here. Instead, you will find an entertainingly polite show full of endless close-up images of sweet and savory oven-fresh goods and lots of recipe ideas and advice to try at home. The one drawback? It's difficult to watch without having your mouth water.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what inspires people to bake. How do people go about creating their own recipes or flavors? 

  • Do you or your family have a favorite baking recipe? Where did it come from? Does it have special ingredients? Is it for a special occasion? How will that recipe be passed down to future generations?

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