Nailed It!

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Nailed It!
Nailed It - Netflix Show Poster.jpg
GenreReality television
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4 (+2 holiday seasons)
No. of episodes40 (list of episodes)
Running time32–36 minutes
Production companyMagical Elves
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMarch 9, 2018 (2018-03-09) –
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Nailed It! is an American Netflix original series which premiered on March 9, 2018. The series is a bake-off competition in the style of reality television, where three amateur bakers compete to replicate complicated cakes and confectionery in order to win a $10,000 cash prize and a "nailed it" trophy. A second season was released on June 29, 2018. A holiday season, dubbed Nailed It! Holiday!, was released on December 7, 2018. The third season was released on May 17, 2019. A second holiday season of Nailed It! Holiday! was released on November 22, 2019.[1] The fourth season was released on April 1, 2020. The series's fourth season (and it's first spin-off season) called Nailed It! Double Trouble that features contestants competing in pairs will premiere on March 26, 2021.[2]

The series has received critical acclaim and was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, including twice for Outstanding Competition Program and once for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. The latter nomination made Nicole Byer the first Black woman to be nominated for the award.


Nailed It! was inspired by the craze of people trying and failing to make elaborate cakes they found on the Internet.[3] Three amateur bakers with demonstrated poor baking skills attempt to re-create edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize and the Nailed It! trophy. Competitors take part in two challenges over the course of the 35-minute episodes; their efforts are judged by co-hosts Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres, joined by a different guest judge each episode.

The first challenge is called "Baker's Choice", where the contestants pick one of three existing confectionery treats and try to recreate it. The winner of this challenge gets a special prize and is allowed to wear a golden chef's hat.

In the second challenge, "Nail It or Fail It", contestants have two hours to recreate a complicated cake from scratch. They each receive a "Panic Button" which allows them to get three minutes of assistance from one of the judges. The worst-performing baker from the first challenge gets a second button to distract the other bakers – the specific function varies depending on the episode, but normally involves Nicole annoying the bakers.[4] The three judges decide on the winning cake based upon presentation and taste. The winner receives a trophy and the $10,000 prize.[5]



SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16March 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)
27June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Holiday! 17December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
36May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
Holiday! 26November 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
48April 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
Double Trouble 1TBAMarch 26, 2021 (2021-03-26)

The winners of the $10,000 And The Trophy each episode are listed in bold. The winners of the golden baker’s cap are listed in italic.

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleContestantsGuest judgeOriginal release date
11"First Date to Life Mate"Elena (winner, Nicole Nags button), Heather (winner of bakers choice) and MichaelSylvia WeinstockMarch 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)
Under the watchful eyes of an iconic cake designer, contestants decorate cake pops and a bespectacled, three-tiered wedding cake.
22"Fantasyland"Toni, Kevin and AmandaZac YoungMarch 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)
The bakers do their best to make jelly-filled doughnuts fit for a pirate before tackling an edible tower with a princess on top.
33"Head Under Water"Danielle, Maaz and SalValerie GordonMarch 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)
Two daunting desserts – a chocolate-filled "hot tub" and an open-mouthed shark cake – have the hapless home cooks struggling to stay afloat.
44"Weird Science"Mike, Alexis and MeganDave ArnoldMarch 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)
Contestants loosen up a food scientist with a cupcake-cocktail pairing before serving him questionable slices of a bubbling volcano cake.
55"Big in Japan"Rachel, Michelle and DanaYolanda GamppMarch 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)
A YouTube star known for her fondant work watches the bakers try to copy two of her most popular Japanese-themed cakes.
66"In Your Face!"Anabell, Kyle and KymberliJay ChandrasekharMarch 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)
Dogged contestants are seeing double when they are asked to paint their portraits on a cookie before building an edible bust of Donald Trump.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleContestantsGuest judgeOriginal release date
71"High Society"Bethany House, Evan Peter and Jennifer SterbenJon GabrusJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
The contestants raise the bar with two half-baked" challenges: late-night munchie-inspired pancakes and a gravity-defying tea cake.
82"Fictitious and Delicious"Chris Elam, Kristina Black and Nicole CombsRon Ben-IsraelJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
It's "happily ever after" or bust when the bakers try to make fairy tale cupcake pops, then stack cakes in the form of a majestic unicorn.
93"Tailgate, Failgate"Mark Mendez, William Edwards and Leean MunsJohnny HekkerJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
The cooks divide and conquer to fill sections of a savory snack stadium before building a cake that looks like a barbecue grill.
104"Holi-Daze"Knephaunatoria Smith, Joelito Nunez and Erin CrockerWaylynn LucasJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
'Tis the season to be scary when the bakers try their hands at holiday cookies before constructing an elaborate gingerbread house.
115"Zoo you Bake?"Kate Christenbury, Kelly Williams Bolar and John CarrollArt SmithJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
The contestants face their fears (with very sharp knives) when they carve an animal out of a watermelon and bend cake into the shape of a snake.
126"Out Of This World"Ashley Jennings, Rosie Hatch and Felicia Ramos-PetersJoshua John RussellJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Space-themed challenges throw the hapless bakers for a loop when they're asked to make cosmic cupcakes and a supersized solar system cake.
137"Bonus: 3,2,1...Ya Not Done!"Bobby Berk, Tan France, Karamo Brown & Jonathan Van NessAntoni PorowskiJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Five fabulous "Nailed It!" fans visit the test kitchen for a challenge so extra, we had to make a bonus episode.

Nailed It! Holiday! Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleContestantsGuest judgeOriginal release date
141"Jingle Fails"Gavin Schmidt, Kelvin Truitt and Angie McMahonLauren LapkusDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
It's a Christmas baking miracle when the contestants make a cake pop nativity, followed by a cake with an upside-down Santa.
152"Winter Blunderland"Tanya Eby, Brian Cookstra and Lily OrnJustin WillmanDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
The hapless bakers tackle a trio of wintry animal doughnuts before attempting an edible ski scene – and it all goes downhill from there.
163"You Mitzvah Spot!"Martina Anto-Ocrah, Amit Yohanan and James DecoiteSylvia WeinstockDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
To celebrate Hanukkah, the contestants make hand-dipped dreidels, then take on an elaborate tiered cake made with kosher wine.
174"It's a Family A-fail"Angie & Antoinette Williams, Elleni & Terry Skarpos and Matthew & Joanne MedeirosGemma StaffordDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
After a sticky round of Rice Krispies treats and cocoa, the lucky bakers' loved ones get to help them make a turkey cake with all the trimmings.
185"Toying Around"Jill Briganti, Alicia Figliuolo and Joe CogshellRon FunchesDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
A gift-wrapped challenge reveals toys – with moving parts?!? But a metallic robot cake with working lights is an even more ridiculous ask.
196"3...2...1, Ya Done!"Knephaunatoria Smith (Holi-daze), Amanda Giles (Fantasyland) and Sal Venturelli (Head Under Water)Jason MantzoukasDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Three "Nailed It!" fan favorites return to ring in the new year with a crumbling resolution cookie and a "tipsy-turvy" cake with four tiers.
207"Just Do It Yourself!"Dave Tozzolino, Maggy Botros and Jesus BautistaJim Noonan and Kate BerlantDecember 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)
Instead of baking, they'll be making. But can these not-so-crafty contestants deliver on a DIY diorama ornament and an incredibly ugly Christmas sweater.

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleContestantsGuest judgeOriginal release date
211"The Marvel Episode!"Benjamin Mumford-Zisk, Cia Hang, Jordan SmithFelicia DayMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
The bakers summon their not-so-super powers to make Marvel-themed cupcakes with detailed cookie toppers and a daunting "Black Panther" cake.
222"Cake-O-Phobia"Emily Cook, Beverly Blanchette, Casalear GrossNatalie SideserfMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
What's scarier than a cook who can't read a recipe? A trio of creepy-crawly bug cookies and a terrifying clown cake that tastes like cotton candy.
233"Masterpiece or Disasterpiece?"Cassie Stephens, Toyshika Peterson, Anil PachecoBetsy SodaroMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
The amateur bakers attempt to imitate the masters with gingerbread self-portraits and a sculpted cake replica of Michelangelo's "David".
244"Prehistoric Bakes"Yolie Seal, Aaron Anderson, Ismath KhanRosanna PansinoMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
The contestants turn back time – and mangle time management – with inside out- Neanderthal cupcakes and a tropical-flavor T.Rex cake.
255"Oui Can't Bake!"Beth Bailey, Jennifer Parks, Jamie OlivierHubert KellerMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
The pressure's on to make perfectly puffed eclairs and a layered bust of Napoleon Bonaparte for not one but two esteemed French chefs.
266"Ready to Wear, Ready to Eat"Allison Rook, Everard Strong, Christian RodriguezCharles PhoenixMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
Two high-fashion challenges put the bakers' hopeless skills to the test: fondant-covered doll cakes and an edible headdress heaped with fruit.

Nailed It! Holiday! Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleContestantsGuest judgeOriginal release date
271"We're Scrooged!"Richard Sanchez, Flora Aleman, Justin MadriagaJason MantzoukasNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
The bakers pay homage to "A Christmas Carol", creaking cupcakes with cookie ghost toppers and a hilariously haunting bust of Ebenezer Scrooge.
282"A Classic Christmess"Candice Coleman, Samantha Cruz, Bob PostageMaya RudolphNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
Time-honored traditions take a delightfully terrible turn with hand-painted cake-pop ornaments and a fruitcake featuring fan-favorite Wes.
293"Shalo-many Fails!"Paul Scheer, Bella Pori, Tito Covert-OrtizRon Ben-IsraelNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
304"It's a Wonderfail Life"De'Jonnae Boyd, Eric Girardi, Lynnette BeharBridget EverettNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
The bakers aim for the Best of the Bad list with angel-shaped waffle-cone tree toppers and a "Nicole at the Pole" cake with rock-candy geodes.
315"One Fail, Two Fail. I Fail, You Fail!"Lisa Chambers, Sunny Huang, Jason RodriguezJillian BellNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
A Seuss-inspired sugary feast of green eggs, ham and the Grinch's roast beast. Would they, could they, ace these cakes? Sadly, no. They cannot bake.
326"New Year, New Fails"Lora Ramey, Brianna Kimbrell, Willie BlackmonDavid BurtkaNovember 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
It's a countdown to disaster when the contestants make festive cookie masks and a spherical ball-drop cake to ring in the New Year.

Season 4 (2020)[edit]

No. in
TitleContestantsGuest judgeOriginal release date
331"Let's Get Lit"Andrew 'Fish' Fischer, Gail DePadre, Gregory GardnerMatt WalshApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
Two bookish treats inspired by literature set the bakers up for epic fails: Shakespearean stained-glass window cookies and a pop-up "Moby Dick" cake.
342"The One with the 90's Theme"Whitney Martin, David Simmons Jr., Crystal RomanFortune FeimsterApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
Edible ice cream boom boxes made with liquid nitrogen and a fresh and fly fondant-covered cake? Oh, snap – that sounds like a '90s challenge.
353"Indiana Fails and the Temple of Slop"Cheri Kelly, Caroline Stapleton, J.J. WoodwardGemma StaffordApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
Terror awaits the contestamts as they take on two technically demanding desserts: chocolate eggs and alayered sphinx cake, both full of surprises.
364"Chariots of Failure"Stephanie Blanet, Shane Garrahan, Stacey BlanetGabby DouglasApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
The bakes go for the gold – and miss masterfully – with sports-medal cookies and an elaborate swim cake that's topped with a waffle cone torch.
375"Jungle Bungle"Glennia Elijah, Larry Nelson, Shelisha SchmidtRachel FongApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
Jam-filled animal pastries and a coffecake shaped like a sloth push the contestants out of their comfort zones – and the results are wild.
386"Howdy, Failure!"Inocente 'Chimi' Freeman, Mason Posch, Jim MaxwellAdam ScottApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
A Western-themed round inspires deep-fried cowboy-duck doughnuts, a root beer-infused rodeo cake...and really bad flavors.
397"The Big Bake Theory"Sandra Hardeman and Seth, Ebony Gammon and London, Raymond Dinglasan and PenelopeValerie GordonApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
From self-frosting bubbling beakers to record-breaking rockets, these science-inspired sweets ask the impossible – and invite kids into the kitchen.
408"I Do ... Hope I Don't Fail"Jay Hanshaw, Rachel Feldman, Ronald JacksonChristina TosiApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
The bakers commit to re-creating wedding day desserts, including wedding band mini-cakes and a Vegas-themed masterpiece with moving parts.


All six episodes of the first season were released on Netflix on March 9, 2018.[6] The second season features six regular episodes and one bonus episode, and was released on Netflix on June 29, 2018.[7] The season ends with a crossover special, featuring the "Fab Five" of Netflix's Queer Eye series, with the series' food and wine expert Antoni Porowski serving as guest judge. The third season was released on May 17, 2019, with six episodes.[8]

On March 18, 2020, it was announced that the fourth season would premiere on April 1, 2020.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming Nailed It! Nominated [10]
2019 Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Series Nominated [11]
Online Film & Television Association Best Reality or Non-Fiction Program Nominated [12]
Best Individual Host or Panelist in a Reality or Non-Fiction Program Nicole Byer Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Competition Program Nailed It Nominated [13]
Reality Host Nicole Byer Nominated
Reality Host of the Decade Nominated [14]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Competition Program Nailed It! Nominated [15]
2020 Nominated
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program Nicole Byer Nominated

International versions[edit]

A Mexican version of the show debuted in February 2019. ¡Nailed it! México is hosted by comedian Omar Chaparro and professional chef Anna Ruiz, along with guest judges. Sylvia Weinstock appears in one episode as a guest judge.[16][17] A French version of the show debuted in October 2019. C'est du gâteau! is hosted by humorist Artus and professional chef Noémie Honiat, along with guest judges. Jacques Torres appears in one episode as a judge.[18] The Spanish version of the show, Niquelao!, debuted in October 2019, hosted by actress La Terremoto de Alcorcón and professional chef Christian Escribà, along with guest judges.[19] A German version of the show debuted on Netflix in January 2020, hosted by actress and model Angelina Kirsch.


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