Critics Of "The Great British Bake Off - Season 6"
New York Times
April 23, 2019
It's the passive-aggressive niceness of it that I find so grating... And yet when I actually sit down and watch the thing, I find it hard not to be sucked in. Despite everything, there's just something so compelling about it.
I find myself punching the air, or gasping in excitement, or clutching at my head in despair. The characters might be attempting to scale a mountain or swim an ocean, so badly does one begin to care about their fates.
It's nice people under mad pressure doing something that involves a lot of skill, and who want to share that skill but who also want to win a contest, but manage to feel that way without wanting others to fail... this is beautiful.
The drama never approaches "Game of Thrones" thresholds, yet there is real suspense - not just in revealing who's playing through but also in the small frenzy and fuss of custards that don't set and flavors that fail.
It's been very, very hard for American unscripted television to employ pure gentleness without cloying sentimentality, to balance kindness and bluntness... The Great British Baking Show does [this] effortlessly.