I was sick last week. It wasn’t that serious, but I was under the weather. That’s rare for me, but it’s always annoying. So I decided to make a decision for my recommendation that is tied to my being sick in two ways. The show in question is Netflix’s Nailed It. It’s a great show to watch when you’re sick or just wait to lay around the house, and also I have been saving recommending Nailed It for a time when I couldn’t really think of anything else, and so when I got sick I just figured it was time to bite the bullet-shaped cake.
Nailed It is the ultimate in binge-able TV. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to follow, there is no story, and it’s just funny and delightful and a ton of fun. Some would call it “turn your brain off” TV, which isn’t a bad thing all the time, but you don’t have to stop thinking to enjoy it. I just imagine that there is nobody who sits down and just watches one episode of Nailed It. You invariably end up watching a few.
I’ve written about a few different cooking shows, and cooking competition shows, on this site. Clearly, I have an affinity for them. Nailed It is a cooking competition show, but only sort of. It’s not like, Iron Chef America where elite chefs are competing against each other to make amazing dishes out of onions and breadfruit or whatever. The people on Nailed It are amateurs, and not even necessarily good ones. In fact, they aren’t supposed to be. That’s what makes Nailed It a rare beast: A comedy food show.
The premise is as such. Three amateur bakers come to compete on the show. Not of them are super good. In the first round, they are given a small-ish, but still tricky, baking task to compete. One of them wins that round, gets a glittery gold chef’s hat, and also gets a small prize. Then, they have the final round. In this one, they have to make a crazy intricate cake. Many professionals couldn’t, in the parlance of our times, nail it. Whoever does the best, in terms of look and taste, wins, and they get a prize of 10 grand.