What drew me to watch Craft Wars on TLC was reading a review in a magazine that promised it was harmless, mindless fun. And it is! Hosted by Tori Spelling (I know, but trust me, she doesn't annoy you like you think she might.) they have three contestants each week. So you get a winner each episode, which I think is more satisfying than having to wait a season to see someone win. The first craft challenge is on the small scale. For instance, they had to make a gym bag in an episode, and were given a bunch of sports equipment to do it (basketballs, gym shorts, tennis rackets).
The show is sponsored by the craft store Michaels, so they also have access to a huge room filled with supplies furnished by Michaels. So after the first round one person is eliminated. They then go to the final challenge. In one instance they were told to make a set of summer patio furniture. They were given stuff you'd see at the beach to do it, such as boogie boards, wetsuits, towels, beach balls...And then whoever wins that challenge gets the prize of $10,000. The contestants are really good. And although I have never heard of the three judges, they are articulate in their critiques and you can tell they know their business.
As an added benefit, I've never seen one episode where I didn't agree with the final winner. Perhaps in the first round I might have disagreed slightly, but they seem to get it right in the end. You know how frustrating it is to watch a show and then the judges don't pick the person you know most people would think is the best! It doesn't seem to happen here. The crafters are often male and female so they don't just make it seem like crafting is a girl thing.
So I would recommend giving Craft Wars a chance. It comes on TLC (a channel I never watch until now) on Tuesday nights and 9pm Central time. It sounds like I'm being paid for talking about this show, but it just gives me a smile. And not many things on TV would I call a delight. And I kind of look at this show as a small delight. Plus, I'm not even a crafter!