How You Can Watch Every Episode of The Great British Bake Off in the U.S.
How Americans can binge watch the best cooking show on the planet
Things on The Great British Bake Off have taken a turn for the not-so-sweet.
It’s been a few dramatic days for the beloved program: The United Kingdom’s Channel 4 purchased the rights to broadcast the show from the BBC, its home since its premiere in 2010. After the channel switch-up news, longtime hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins announced they would be leaving the show, a decision that has fans of the show distraught.
Even without Perkins and Giedroyc, the show must go on. The revamped Great British Bake Off won’t hit screens until 2017, but here’s how you can catch GBBO episodes—past, present, and future—from the comfort of your own non-stateside home.
In the U.S., GBBO airs as The Great British Baking Show on television’s home for all things British, PBS. Devotees may be a bit confused by the broadcast schedule. Much like they did with Downton Abbey, PBS airs GBBO after it’s already premiered in the U.K. so if you watch on PBS, you will be watching what are technically “old” episodes. They also didn’t start broadcasting stateside until the show’s fifth season, so you’ll be watching a smaller pool of episodes, too.
If you can’t catch GBBO as it airs on PBS, you can watch the channel’s website, as long as you have the proper login credentials.
American viewers can watch the fifth season of GBBO on Netflix, which is 10 episodes long. (As we said, in the U.S., it’s the show’s “first” season, meaning it was the first one to be broadcast on PBS. Don’t be confused if you can’t find the Great British Bake Off“]. Like on PBS, Netflix uses the name The Great British Baking Show.
If you’ve already devoured the GBBO on Netflix and PBS, there’s good news: Basically every season of the show is available on YouTube, thanks to a number of tech-savvy fans. Simply search “Great British Bake Off” and watch the results rise.
On Channel 4
If you’re a die-hard GBBO fan who needs each episode right as it comes, GBBO‘s new home, Channel 4, does have a live streaming service on their website. The downside? It’s only available in the U.K., so unless you can trick your computer into thinking it has a British IP address, it’s best to save this one for a trip across the pond.