“For those that have managed to miss the first five seasons and yet clicked here anyway, the show is essentially like the various Baking Championship specials but with the twist that no one who competes can actually bake. So, you can expect lots of laughs in this show as incompetency triumphs over ambition. As Netflix itself describes Nailed It! on YouTube, ‘It’s part reality contest, part hot mess, and you can’t look away.'” (synopsis (c) Mashed)
Nailed It! is a lot of fun.
Hosts Nicole Byer, who is gloriously funny and clever and a joy to spend time with, and Jacques Torres, who brings the sober balance and the baking expertise, strike just the right tone between gently mocking and supportive, the guests for each episode, which this season includes the likes of comedian and scriptwriter June Diane Raphael (Grace and Frankie) and Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and the general sense of barely controlled baking chaos make this show a piece of confected escapism that I adore.
It also means a lot to me because we watched many episodes of the show while we nursed my mother through the end stages on ovarian cancer – she died in November 2019 – with Nailed It! providing some form of relief for us when very little was to be had.
Some might dismiss it as light and silly but it means the absolute world to me because it’s funny without being mean, and doesn’t make fun of people so much as laugh with them.
That makes it a rarity in reality cooking shows and one I will be checking in sugary binge-y fashion when Nailed It! season 6 premieres on Netflix on 15 September.