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Ultimate Cake Off
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this cake decorating reality competition includes a fair bit of strong language, often uttered in the heat of the moment or when things go wrong (as in one case when a thumb was cut accidentally). The choicest words are bleeped, but those like "sucks" and "ass" aren't. Also, while many of the competitors are quite gracious, some are sore losers who trash talk the others.
What's the story?
In ULTIMATE CAKE OFF, the customer becomes the most important judge. In each episode, three cake decorators must compete to build fabulous cakes for specific events while also participating in challenges. Their work is evaluated on both flavor and appearance by three other professionals.
Is it any good?
This is pretty standard fare, as competition shows go -- three judges, petty challenges that only marginally make sense, etc., etc. The resulting cakes are pretty interesting, but there's not too much to be learned here.
Still, that said, it isn't a bad way to spend an hour and is moderately entertaining. Just be ready for a bit of trash talking and somewhat spicy language when the competition heats up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether they think the show's editors put the footage together the way it actually happened. How might the show be different if they changed some of the events around?
Does the trash talking ramp up the excitement, or does it just cast the speaker in a negative light? What messages does the show send about how to be a good sport/competitor?