The former Parks and Recreation co-stars teamed up to host the new crafting competition series, pitting a collection of experts, each with their own set of material expertise, in clever and light-hearted arts-and-crafts challenges.
"Wouldn't it be great to celebrate people who can make something original from scratch, and share their challenge with the world? Cause life is stressful enough," Poehler said during the show's opening minutes. "Let's make a show that makes you feel good..."
Along with the comedy superstars, the new show recruited Barneys window-dresser Simon Doonan and Etsy expert Dayna Isom Johnson as the judges for the competition, as Poehler and Offerman — who happens to be an avid — entertain viewers with lots of comedy and craft puns.
Each episode, the contestants participate in different challenges to test their crafting skills for patch-awards. In the end, only one contestant will emerge as the "Master Maker," and will be awarded $100,000.
For Parks and Rec fans, the new competition series was the Pawnee reunion they have always wanted, taking to Twitter to celebrate the heart-warming episode.
#MakingIt is like the American Great British Bake Off, also with a charming bearded man and small endearing blonde, the contestants are just as sweet and adorable, only it’s sewing or woodwork instead of waiting for things to prove. We need this show— Chelsea Frisbie (@ChelsFriz) August 1, 2018
This lady got a Ph.D. and now she’s making unicorns with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. 🌈 #MakingIt— Alexis Henshaw (@Prof_Henshaw) August 1, 2018
God. I love puns. #makingit— stephanie ruby (@rubyjnkie) August 1, 2018
For the first challenge, contestants were entrusted with crafting a special beast that best represented their personalities. Twitter users couldn't help but comment on the contestants' road to becoming crafts experts.
“I have a PhD in clinical child psychology but then I started this craft blog and now it’s my full time job” meanwhile I have a single part time job but I still refuse to weave in the ends of my crocheted blanket because it’s “too hard” #MakingIt— Nutella Enchanted (@chrisopotamia) August 1, 2018
For the second challenge, called the Master Craft, contestants had to make family heirlooms using unconventional materials.1comments
Despite the competition aspect of the new show, viewers were loving the camaraderie from the contestants, as well as the hilarious jokes from Offerman and Poehler.
#MakingIt Such a great concept! Thanks for something fun and interesting to watch! Looking forward to more episodes :)— Maryellen Harrington (@mh02170) August 1, 2018
#MakingIt is the wholesome show America doesn’t deserve but really needs.— Justina Solties (@Its_JustTina) August 1, 2018
The six-episode first season of Making It airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.