6 Shows to Watch If You Love ‘The Great British Baking Show'
Are you obsessed with Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and The Great British Baking Show? How about The Great British Bake Off? Well, they’re actually the same. The exact. Same. Thing. The story goes, when PBS first distributed the show in the U.S. in 2014 (four years following its successful freshman season on the BBC in the U.K. in 2010), the network learned Pillsbury was the proud owner of the “Bake-Off” trademark, but only in the States. Hence its U.S. title, The Great British Baking Show. Now that we've cleared that up, we have to admit we seriously can’t get enough of the baking battle series. Sadly, there are only so many episodes available to binge-watch on Netflix, so we’ve compiled a list of six other TV shows that are just as addictive as the PBS series.
‘The Big Allotment Challenge’
Hosted by Fern Britton, The Big Allotment Challenge is a British game show that features nine pairs of aspiring gardeners in Oxfordshire, England. The contestants test their horticulture hands in a series of challenges involving homegrown fruits, vegetables, flowers and foods under the close watch of judges Jim Buttress, Jonathan Moseley and Thane Prince.
‘The Great American Baking Show’
The Great American Baking Show was (obviously) inspired by its addictive British counterpart and was formerly known as The Great Holiday Baking Show. After a successful first season run, ABC picked up the series for a second season.
‘The Great Australian Bake Off’
Similar to The Great American Baking Show, The Great Australian Bake Off is yet another spin-off of the popular British baking series. It pretty much follows the same format as its predecessors, but the thick Australian accents and odd Aussie delicacies add even more icing on the cake barbie.
‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’
Although it aired for only two seasons, The Great Pottery Throw Down is must-watch programming for anyone who loves handcrafted ceramics. On the show, ten home potters head to Stoke-on-Trent (the U.K.’s pottery capital) in hopes of being named Top Potter. It’s no secret that pottery isn’t easy, but judges Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones make it fun and worthwhile to watch.
This U.S.-based series stars the celebrity chef we all love to hate: Gordon Ramsay. But instead of the trained chefs he normally scolds on Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef features amateur cooks who battle it out in a series of stressful tests until one is crowned Masterchef. If you’re looking for something more adorable, take a peep at the show’s kiddie version, Masterchef Junior.
‘The Great British Sewing Bee’
We’ve covered baking, cooking and pottery—but what about sewing? The Great British Sewing Bee pits a group of amateur sewers against each other to compete for the coveted title of “Britain’s Best Home Sewer.” We’re sew all about it.