The Great British Bake Off Reviews & Ratings

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Fridays, 9:00 PM ET on PBS

Tuesdays, 3:00 PM ET on Channel 4

Saturdays, 3:00 AM ET on Netflix

60 minutes

The Great British Bake Off sees ten passionate home bakers take part in a bake-off to test every aspect of their baking skills as they battle to be crowned the Great British Bake Off's best amateur baker. Each week the nationwide tour sees keen bakers put through three challenges in a particular discipline.
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Apr 13, 2016 2:09PM EDT
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Take everything you love about U.S. food/cooking shows, remove everything you hate, add a dash of Himalayan pink salt, and you've got this perfectly prepared British vittle. The impossibly named Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry both kinda look like they'd be annoying judges, but they're delightful. Even the hosts are winning. It's remarkable.

Take everything you love about U.S. food/cooking shows, remove everything you hate, add a dash of Himalayan pink salt, and you've got this perfectly prepared British vittle. The impossibly named Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry both kinda look like they'd be annoying judges, but they're delightful. Even the hosts are winning. It's remarkable.

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Apr 27, 2017 10:08AM EDT
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Ever since I came across this on Netflix I went and looked for the rest of the seasons problem now is waiting for a new episode every week obsessed

Ever since I came across this on Netflix I went and looked for the rest of the seasons problem now is waiting for a new episode every week obsessed

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Feb 23, 2015 9:16AM EST
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love this show, you learn so much. very nice to watch even if you´re not a baking enthusiast because of the charming hosts and candidates.

love this show, you learn so much. very nice to watch even if you´re not a baking enthusiast because of the charming hosts and candidates.

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Oct 17, 2017 2:00AM EDT
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The show was just lovely. If you are an at home amateur it is even more appealing. The show inst Americanized in the way we all hate like.... T""HIS WEEK THE nuttiest most crazy argument.... cutaway to an ambulance...""

That...that will never happen. You will just watch passionate people make baked things in a competition that is well set out. Some of them are going to kinda suck at it. Some of them are going to be amazing. Its fun.

The show was just lovely. If you are an at home amateur it is even more appealing. The show inst Americanized in the way we all hate like.... T""HIS WEEK THE nuttiest most crazy argument.... cutaway to an ambulance...""

That...that will never happen. You will just watch passionate people make baked things in a competition that is well set out. Some of them are going to kinda suck at it. Some of them are going to be amazing. Its fun.

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Aug 7, 2017 3:14PM EDT
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I don't know why it's so addicting to watch people bake but it definitely is. I love this show.

I don't know why it's so addicting to watch people bake but it definitely is. I love this show.

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by Lucy
Jun 3, 2017 11:10AM EDT
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Such a warm and uplifting show about baking, with genuine contestants who just want to bake rather than be famous (such a welcome change!) There's challenges, skills tests, humour, food history and palatable tension in each episode - a very polished and highly successful format that shows the contestants off in a postive and likeable way.

Each challenge on the show is unique and offers a chance for contestants to show their skills as well as develop and expand on new ones. The hosts are great and pack as many puns as they can into each episode, in an inherantly British way. The judges are very knowledgeable and very fair on the contestants too (I suppose eating baked goods all day puts you in a sunny dispasition). Summertime in Britian isn't the same without this show, fingers crossed it remains the same when it goes over the Channel 4.

Such a warm and uplifting show about baking, with genuine contestants who just want to bake rather than be famous (such a welcome change!) There's challenges, skills tests, humour, food history and palatable tension in each episode - a very polished and highly successful format that shows the contestants off in a postive and likeable way.

Each challenge on the show is unique and offers a chance for contestants to show their skills as well as develop and expand on new ones. The hosts are great and pack as many puns as they can into each episode, in an inherantly British way. The judges are very knowledgeable and very fair on the contestants too (I suppose eating baked goods all day puts you in a sunny dispasition). Summertime in Britian isn't the same without this show, fingers crossed it remains the same when it goes over the Channel 4.

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Apr 5, 2016 5:31PM EDT
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I like the setup of this British reality show, it's better the intentionally-misleading-just-for-ratings setup that most American reality shows follow. Also, this reality show is filmed on the weekend, so contestants can still work or go to school. They have foreknowledge about two of the baking challenges so they can practice during the week and prepare any templates. With that disclaimer out of the way, this is a great show to watch if you bake, want to learn to bake (I'm in this category), or desserts and breads fascinate you. The hosts are funny, the judges are hard to read, and most of the contestants are genuine, non-fame-seeking individuals. This is not a show that you have to start with Season 1 and move forward, the format is simple: Round 1=Signature Bakes; Round 2=Technical Challenge; Round 3=Showstopper Challenge; Round 4=1 Contestant Eliminated based on how well they did across all three challenges. As a result of this easily understood format, it’s okay that PBS started with Season 5. But, here’s a piece of advice as someone who has watched Seasons 3-5: the episode before the winner is announced is a recap of the previous season and discusses what those home bakers are up to a year later. This is only a problem if you plan on watching the other seasons (which I highly recommend) and don't want any spoilers. What I do is skip that episode and save it until I watch the season featuring those contestants. Lastly, the episodes after the winner is announced are where Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry (real names of the judges) show how the contestants should've baked the challenges to be successful.

I like the setup of this British reality show, it's better the intentionally-misleading-just-for-ratings setup that most American reality shows follow. Also, this reality show is filmed on the weekend, so contestants can still work or go to school. They have foreknowledge about two of the baking challenges so they can practice during the week and prepare any templates. With that disclaimer out of the way, this is a great show to watch if you bake, want to learn to bake (I'm in this category), or desserts and breads fascinate you. The hosts are funny, the judges are hard to read, and most of the contestants are genuine, non-fame-seeking individuals. This is not a show that you have to start with Season 1 and move forward, the format is simple: Round 1=Signature Bakes; Round 2=Technical Challenge; Round 3=Showstopper Challenge; Round 4=1 Contestant Eliminated based on how well they did across all three challenges. As a result of this easily understood format, it’s okay that PBS started with Season 5. But, here’s a piece of advice as someone who has watched Seasons 3-5: the episode before the winner is announced is a recap of the previous season and discusses what those home bakers are up to a year later. This is only a problem if you plan on watching the other seasons (which I highly recommend) and don't want any spoilers. What I do is skip that episode and save it until I watch the season featuring those contestants. Lastly, the episodes after the winner is announced are where Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry (real names of the judges) show how the contestants should've baked the challenges to be successful.

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by TiaDP
Feb 23, 2015 6:56PM EST
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Makes me hungry and happy all at once!

Makes me hungry and happy all at once!

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Dec 15, 2014 8:35PM EST
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Love it, great for rainy days.

Love it, great for rainy days.

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Jun 16, 2018 6:30AM EDT
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I love the Great British Bake Off, and I am so glad that channel 4 kept the same format and timings. I loved Sue and Mel, they were hilarious and I was dubious about new hosts but Noel and Sandi are amazing and it is shocking that two people that appear to be polar opposites can bounce off each other to brilliantly. I think that Prue had a hard act to follow but that she has done a great job. I am looking forward to the next series.

I love the Great British Bake Off, and I am so glad that channel 4 kept the same format and timings. I loved Sue and Mel, they were hilarious and I was dubious about new hosts but Noel and Sandi are amazing and it is shocking that two people that appear to be polar opposites can bounce off each other to brilliantly. I think that Prue had a hard act to follow but that she has done a great job. I am looking forward to the next series.