Let's Talk About 'Nailed It!' on Netflix: Cake Fails for a New Generation

If you spend much time on social media, chances are you've seen any number of photos/videos/etc. of the "Nailed It!" trend — when someone tries to recreate a Pinterest recipe but doesn't quite nail it. Netflix decided this would be the perfect basis for a new 30-minute series on their streaming service.

Let's Talk About 'Nailed It!' on Netflix: Cake Fails for a New Generation
Official series art from Netflix

Lemme first say that I really love cooking shows. Food Network and Cooking Channel are pretty much on all the time at my house, unless I'm in the process of reviewing something. It's like the best of reality television, but with delicious rather than The Bachelor results — and who doesn't want to see Bobby Flay lose? Netflix has an amazing selection of food-centric series (Mind of a Chef) and documentaries (Chef's Table) that I've devoured over the years, so this series appealed to me immediately.

Okay, so Nailed It! is a competition show (ish) hosted by Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres where home bakers who are mostly good at what they do have to recreate famous bakers' confections with a limited time allotment, but also a provided set of steps to help them complete the challenge.

The winner of the first challenge is presented a button that they can press to have three minutes of expert advice during the next challenge, as well as a "Nicole Button" that will send Byer to the competition's stations to annoy them for three minutes.

When the judging takes place, the contestants unveil their items and shout "NAILED IT!" You'll feel bad laughing at the results, but that's sort of the point of the show.

There are only six episodes available, and I'll admit — I would watch the hell out of another season.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

 Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional