ElectricBoogaloo January 7, 2015 Share January 7, 2015 (edited) When I discovered The Great British Bake Off, two of the things I loved the most were the contestants' obvious love of what they do (on other competitive reality shows, that is often overshadowed by the contestants' competitiveness) and the camaraderie among the contestants (as opposed to the usual "I'm not here to make friends" crap we see on a lot of other shows). It seems so rare to find that kind of show, so I was pleased to find that there are other shows with the same attitude. I thought this would be a good place to share/recommend similar shows. I have included links to the shows with forums here at PTV. First there are the various Bake Off iterations: The American Baking Competition (1 season, 2013) The Great Holiday Baking Show (1 season, 2015) - a shortened American version of the show for the holidays The Great American Baking Show (5 seasons, 2016-2019) - still a shortened American version of the show for the holidays but with a new name The Great Australian Bake Off (5 seasons, 2013 & 2015-2019) The Great British Bake Off (11 seasons, 2010-2020) The Great Canadian Baking Show (3 seasons, 2017-2019) The Great Irish Bake Off (3 seasons, 2013-2015) The Great Kiwi Bake Off (2 seasons, 2018-2019) The Great South African Bake Off (3 seasons, 2015-2017) Bake Off: Creme de la Creme (2 seasons, 2016-2017) - professional pastry chefs compete in teams of three Bake Off: The Professionals (3 seasons, 2018-2020) - the new version of Creme de la Creme on Channel 4 Le Meilleur Patissier (6 seasons, 2012-2017) - Some of the episodes are available on youtube and are worth seeking out, even if you don't speak French, because the skill level on the French version of the show is much higher. FYI - these episodes are two hours long! The show has also been licensed in Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Ukraine. Next are some British spinoffs of non-baking shows: The Great British Sewing Bee (7 seasons, 2013-2016, 2019-2021) - Like Project Runway without all the drama & bitchiness. Bonus: the judges actually care about things like the hems being even, to the point where one of them will get out a ruler. They also explain the technical aspects of what they are asking the sewers to do and often show the patterns being used. The Big Allotment Challenge (2 seasons, 2014-2015) - This is the gardening verson of the GBBO. Each contestant is given a garden and a greenhouse and 4 months to grow a list of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. In each episode, the contestants have three challenges: grow (a specific vegetable is judged), make (a certain flower from the garden is presented and then the gardeners must create a floral arrangement), and eat (the contestants must make something using what they grew in their gardens). The Great Pottery Throw Down (4 seasons, 2015-2017, 2020-2021) - This is the pottery version of the GBBO. Each week the contestants are given three challenges: the main challenge (a large/complicated piece that takes multiple days/steps/firings), the spot challenge (a technical challenge), and the throw down (a short timed challenge). Bonus: the winner is declared Top Potter! Non-British non-baking shows: Den Store Strikkedyst aka The Great Knit Off (3 seasons, 2014-2016) - This is a Danish knitting competition with a similar format as the GBBO series (three challenges per episode, one person is awarded knitter of the week). TV SYD has all of the episodes available on their official YouTube channel, but only two episodes have English subtitles. And finally non Great British series where the contestants and judges generally have a similar attitude as the GBBO series: Face Off (13 seasons, 2011-2018) - Makeup artists create monsters, aliens, and other creatures. Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge (1 season, 2014) - Similar to Face Off, but the focus is on constructing camera ready creatures. Skin Wars (3 seasons, 2014-2016) - Similar to Face Off but with body paint. To be honest, there was a lot less camaraderie on this show but I included it on the list because the artists obviously love what they do. Back in Time (6 seasons, 2015-2018 plus specials) - Back in Time features a modern day family who agrees to try the recipes and activities from history. Blown Away (2 seasons, 2019, 2021) - Blown Away is a glass blowing competition show that originally aired in Canada and is now available on Netflix. The Big Flower Fight (1 season, 2020) - Teams of two build huge sculptures made of flowers, grass, fruits, vegetables, and other plants. Full Bloom (1 season, 2020) - Individual contestants make floral arrangements both large and small. Landscape Artist of the Year (5 seasons, 2015-2019) - Each week, artists paint landscapes. Portrait Artist of the Year (7 seasons, 2013-2014, 2017-2020) - Each week, nine artists create portraits of three celebrities. Any other similar shows you recommend? I am currently watching The Big Allotment Challenge to tide me over until The Great British Sewing Bee begins! Edited February 3, 2021 by ElectricBoogaloo Updated number of seasons for shows that aired in 2020 4 Link to comment
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