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10 Best Bakes from The Great British Baking Show Seasons 1-2

The third season of The Great British Baking Show is in full swing over on PBS, having now aired four episodes of the series, complete with all their mouthwatering confections. But if you’re just getting into PBS’ latest cult hit from across the pond (where it is known as The Great British Bake Off or GBBO), rejoice! There are two seasons that aired last year on the public network, and both are now available on Netflix as well.

Should you backtrack and watch them? You bet your ability to make puff pastry you should! Check out these 10 best bakes from those first two seasons*, and prepare to have your mouth water.

*PBS began airing GBBO in the spring of last year, starting with the latest to have run on BBC1, which means that America’s Season 1 was actually Britain’s Series 5. PBS then aired a second season in the Fall of 2015, but since Series 6 wasn’t over in the UK, they aired Series 4. Season 3, which is on now in America, is the UK’s Series 6. So for the UK, these are the Best Bakes of Series 4 and 5.

PBS is not going to continue to air two seasons a year, going backwards on all the even numbers. They will henceforth only air future seasons once a year. When asked for comment, PBS said that it is likely that GBBO Series 1-3 will never air in the States. Good thing that all of the episodes are up on YouTube!

1. Beca’s Tiered Macaron and Sugar Dough Biscuit Centerpiece (Season 2)

From episode 5, “Traybake and Biscuits Week”: Paul called the macaroons “exceptional.”

1 Beca's Tiered Macaron and Sugar Dough Biscuit Centrepiece

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2. Ruby’s White Chocolate & Orange Peacock Bread (Season 2)

From episode 2, “Bread Week”: Ruby’s insecurity couldn’t ruin this amazing looking bread.

2 Ruby's White Chocolate & Orange Peacock Bread

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3. Richard’s Mocha and Pink Grapefruit Entremets (Season 1)

From the semi-final, this was Richard’s most neat and consistent week of the entire season.

3 Richard's Mocha and Pink Grapefruit Entremets

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4. Diana’s Raspberry Ripple Alaska Swan (Season 1)

Most people remember episode 4, “Dessert Week,” for the “bincident,” but Diana’s Baked Alaska swan was lovely.

4 Diana's Raspberry Ripple Alaska Swan

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5. Kimberley’s Spiced Butternut Squash Toadstool House (Season 2)

It never got better for Kimberley, whose Quarterfinals entry was deemed “perfect” by Paul.

5 Kimberley's Spiced Butternut Squash Toadstool House

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6. Nancy’s Trio of Apple Pies (Season 1)

From episode 5, “Pies and Tarts Week,” this was the confirmation Nancy was going to march directly to the finals.

6 Nancy's Trio of Apple Pies

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7. Frances’ Rainbow Picnic Pie (Season 2)

Frances was the master of visual pun bakes all season, but her finale Picnic Pie was a knockout.

7 Frances' Rainbow Picnic Pie

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8. Howard’s Japanese Pagoda Tea Tower (Season 2)

Also from Episode 5, “Biscuits and Treybakes Week,” Howard’s pagoda blew Mary Berry away.

RELATED from FanSided: Parade of Potterlicious Pies

8 Howard's Japanese Pagoda Tea Tower

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9. Luis’ Cage on the Rocky Hill (Season 1)

From episode 6, “European Cakes”: Luis’ flavor might not have been all it was cracked up to be, but his caramel work was a showstopper.

9 Luis' Cage on the Rocky Hill

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10. Nancy’s Red Windmill (Season 1)

From the finale of Season 1, Nancy’s croquembouche cake made everyone over here want to try one.

10 Nancy's Red Windmill

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Ani Bundel is a FanSided contributor and editor-in-chief at WizardsandWhatnot.com and AniBundel.com.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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