No offense to all the Real Housewives fans out there but sometimes reality TV can be a little, um, intense? I have enough drama in my life, thank you very much. (Not really but come on, can’t we all just get along?) Here’s why The Great British Baking Show is a lifeboat of joy in a stormy sea of darkness that is reality TV. Translation? It’s the best damn show on television.

Not to state the obvious, but it’s a show about baking, aka the greatest activity of all time (after watching TV).

And it’s ridiculously wholesome. The most climactic moment of the show’s nine seasons? When someone (ahem, Diana) accidentally took another contestant’s Baked Alaska out of the freezer for 30 seconds in season five. (It was intense.)

OK, OK, there are a number of sexual innuendos... 

And even though the contestants are competing against each other, they constantly help each other out. 

And they come from every background imaginable and range in ages from 17 to 71. 

Even the judging is mild-mannered. 

And don’t get me started on the so-bad-they’re-good puns.

And then when the show is over, the contestants stay friends with each other and gah, I can’t even. 

Catch up on seasons one through five on Netflix

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