My boyfriend looks down on me for enjoying reality shows. I don’t know why he thinks he’s so superior — as if watching shows about UFOs is truly any better — but I don’t let it bother me. When I’m having a particularly bad day, like today, The Great British Bake-Off is my go-to. It’s playing in the background right now — just warm, happy vibes.
And I caught my boyfriend watching earlier today. So there’s that. Even to his TV-hardened soul, the cuteness overwhelmed him.
Here’s why I love this show so much.
1. The Music
Watching this show makes you feel as if you’re strolling along in the English countryside, and the music just makes it. The happiness that is infused within the notes is sure to calm the most savage soul, and the transition sounds are like glittery stars falling — all of it is just created to put you in your happiest baking mood.
2. The Contestants
Watching British television for years has convinced me that the cultural differences between America and England are incredibly vast. The thing that stands out the most to me is the personalities of the people — most of the people on this show are not full of themselves, they just truly love to bake and want to win a competition that is recognized by their peers. It seems sweet in a way that makes me sad for my own culture.
Whether it’s Ruby, the college student who is always unsure of herself, or Nadiah, the strong and confident mother, there are always warm personalities to watch on this show. It’s like coming home to good friends waiting for you. Even in their relationships with the other contestants, they’re all friendly. It doesn’t seem like animosity develops regardless of what happens, and that’s something that makes me happy to watch. Can’t we all just get along?
3. The Drama
Until I watched this show, I didn’t know that baking was so full of drama. And while the contestants are all warm, kind human beings, none of them stay so put-together whilst under pressure to finish their creations. The way they look up to the judges adds to that — it’s not just that they want to create beautiful baked goods, they also want to hear praise from people they respect and admire so much. It’s fun to watch because the stakes aren’t really that high.
4. Baking is Fun to Watch
One downside of my addiction to this show is that I constantly crave baked goods. All of their creations are tracked from start to finish, and it’s interesting to watch the different techniques. I’ve learned a lot about baking and I don’t even do it myself — but you can bet I want to perfect those dinner rolls from the can, at the very least.
I know my addiction to this show might be silly, but I think we all have our comfort-TV. I’m glad there’s a few seasons on Netflix for me to put on when I’m having a bad day, like today. What shows make you happy?
Sam Ripples is an essayist and novelist living in southern Colorado. She has an interest in words that provide the mind, body, and soul with rejuvenation and hope. You can follow her on Twitter here.
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