Former Parks and Recreation stars Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler have created a US show that celebrates people who are able to make things from scratch – and it looks like an Americanised, woodwork-centric version of the Great British Bake Off.
Making It sees Poehler – who confesses to being a crafting incompetent – and Offerman – who appears to literally be Ron Swanson – presenting while amateur DIY experts, yes, make things.
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The pastel-coloured barn where the challenges take place, the rows of work stations inside, the weekly awards of a sew-on patch for those who have mastered a skill and the general supportive, feel-good vibe are all very reminiscent of the UK’s own Great British Bake Off – even if the show’s ultimate Master Maker prize of $100,000 slightly outstrips the Bake Off’s trophy and bouquet of flowers.
But, as the duo make clear from the out, “the real prize is a job well done” – and for the audience, a distraction from the grim reality of 2018. “Life is stressful enough, let’s make a show that makes you feel good.”
And make it they have…
— Lizzie Poteet (@lizziepoteet) August 1, 2018
— Making It (@NBCMakingIt) July 31, 2018
7 minutes in, and I am in love with #makingit. It's GBBO for crafting. They have tables and comedian hosts and challenges and joy.
— Ashli (@Mythagon) August 1, 2018
— Christina, not Christine (@Mocogurl) August 1, 2018
— Paige Wiley (@paige_wiley) August 1, 2018
ok so I am 10 minutes into #MakingIt and I am crying??? There’s no reason for me to be crying??? I guess I am just overwhelmed that Amy and Nick are back together :’)
— Sadie (@sadiehelmick) August 1, 2018
— Rad Tasia, Fae of Yule (@GroovyTasia) August 1, 2018
Sadly, there is no UK air date for Making It just yet. Snap it up, Netflix!