Baking show is the best way to start a lazy summer

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Kara O'Connell

This week’s Netflix Pick is The Great British Baking Show. I know what you’re thinking -the Pup Cup theme is America and I am talking about British television. I promise you, it’s worth it.

If you have even the slightest interest in baking or watching delicious looking creations come to life, this show is the perfect choice. I used to think the food network was the best option when I wanted to watch someone create a dope buttercream frosting, but I was wrong. British competitive programming is my new favorite thing in the world.

For starters, they are all so nice to each other. Everyone one on the show is supportive of one another through highs and lows of the challenges, even though they all want to win. A personal favorite aspect of the show is that there are also tons of adorable old people on it.

The show obviously originated in Europe and the first season produced for American viewing is what Netflix has now. The season is only ten episodes, so it’s a perfect choice to watch during study breaks for finals, or to kick off your summer of sitting on the couch.

Another amazing piece of the show are its hosts. Two very quirky women who crack an obscene amount of puns and wear amazingly colorful outfits. Their sense of humor adds even more pizazz to the show, and I love them. The judges, Paul and Mary, are two very different, but complementary partners who critique the work of the baker’s with their expertise.

Paul is definitely the more sinister and critical of the two, but he definitely gives credit where credit is due. Mary is like the adorable British grandma you always wanted. She is critical when necessary, but also so adorable and sweet that I want to fly to England just to give her a hug.

Of course, this review would be incomplete without addressing the best part of the show: the accents. I know, so typical, but the accents of the contestants, hosts, and judges make the show all the more fun to watch.

I have always been a big fan of food based television, but I genuinely believe The Great British Baking Show is the best culinary programming out there. I am praying Netflix gets more seasons so I can continue to adopt certain contestants as my family and then get overly emotional when they go home at the end of an episode.

Overall, this show is great. It’ll make you laugh, it will impress you, and it will definitely make you hungry.

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