You know that person who railed against #basic wedding trends and cookie cutter homes and frequently refers to themselves as "super quirky"? They'd probably get a kick out of this series celebrating the risk takers who turned firehouses, ice cream factories and even a World War II RAF control tower into their dream spaces.
Here's the story of a genius producer who decided to reunite the original cast of the Brady Bunch to return the show's Los Angeles home to its iconic glory. That's the way the network notched their highest ratings ever (28 million viewers total) this summer.
House Hunters—but make it more financial advice, less chatter about the need for an all-white kitchen and a farmhouse sink. Pioneered by no-nonsense Canadian real estate expert Sandra Rinomato (who often pulled in 11 million viewers an episode), the show, now helmed by multi-hyphenate Egypt Sherrod, captures first time buyers in all of their slightly delusional glory.
Admittedly, we'll chalk this pick (airing on the HGTV spinoff, DIY Network) up to a healthy dose of nostalgia. But who wouldn't want to see the former rapper rip a home to its studs, then collaborate and listen with a crew to create a brand new invention?
Tune in to follow along as buyers transform a portion of their home into a rentable apartment—or just to watch cutie Scott McGillivray in action. We're not here to judge.
Miss this winner from Ellen DeGeneres, that pitted eight furniture designers against each other in hopes of nabbing a cash prize? Soon you'll be able to find a new iteration, Ellen's Home Design Challenge, on HBO Max.
We'll always have our memories of this one-off featuring the newly single mother of three renovating a 4,100-square-foot Studio City, Calif. spread. But one lucky owner has the clean, contemporary remodel itself, paying up when the actress offloaded it for $4.5 million last year.
Okay, we turn this one on mainly to yell at couples complaining that their potential waterfront vacation home is not quite up to snuff. It's still a pretty satisfying way to spend an afternoon.
RIP to this competition series—HGTV's answer to Project Runway and Top Chef—that ran for seven series before getting the boot in 2013.
This one deserves a peek just on the premise alone: entirely adorable interior designer Orlando Soria aids newly single clients in refurbishing their homes and, in a way, their broken hearts.
New Jersey's answer to Kitchen Cousins features easy-on-the-eyes Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri. And, as the name infers, the real life cousins make over kitchens, which, let's be honest is the only room most people care about.
Created for the minimalist set (or millennials desperate to buy any property they can afford), this take offers all the judgment-laced fun of House Hunters classic, but with an extra dose of wonderment: Why oh why would you insist you want a 300-square-foot home and then complain about the size of your bathroom?
As a House Hunters purist, we prefer the OG formula, but there is something fun about exploring a foreign locale and seeing exactly how far your dollars would stretch in, say, Melbourne or Mexico City. It's even more enjoyable watching families from a buyer-friendly U.S. market get smacked in the face with the reality that city real estate don't come cheap.
This HH spinoff gets a slight nod above the others because it's deeply satisfying to watch couples not just complain about an outdated kitchen but actually take the steps to fix it. Plus the happy smiles and proclamations that it was all worth it, leave us feeling that we could totally handle our own gut job.
Yes, we know this is our fourth House Hunters offshoot in a row, but are you telling us you don't get a kick out seeing how a family is dealing with the outcome of their heated real estate debate (he wants space; she requires walkability) several years later?
One part Fixer Upper, one part Property Brothers, this winner sees brother-sister duo Leanne Ford and Steve Ford bring new life to outdated homes (anything from a 19th century Victorian to '70s contemporary) in rural Pennsylvania.
Mother-daughter tag team Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak took every realtor's favorite assertion that underneath that dreadful popcorn ceiling and galley kitchen there's a solid starting point and turned it into this successful series, bringing the whole fam along as they tackle increasingly tricky projects in their Indianapolis hometown. Clearly they have yet to accomplish their mission of revitalizing the city neighborhood by neighborhood—season five is set for a summer premiere.
We're not saying we have a problem...but we could quite easily waste an entire day watching Nicole Curtis refurbish the rundown historic homes she finds in the Minneapolis and Detroit areas.
The entire gambit is in the title: interior designer Hilary Farr and real estate agent David Visentin compete to get couples to either stay put in their now-updated home or flee to greener pastures and an open concept living space. The draw here is Farr and Visentin's sibling-like squabbles, which is good as the show's results may be a wee bit misleading.
Take Fixer Upper, swap Waco for Laurel, Mississippi and you have the network's second highest rated premiere. Charming husband-and-wife duo Erin Napier and Ben Napier (now parents to nearly 2-year-old Helen) are intent on making over their, yes, home town, one dilapidated residence at a time. And they're set to take on new historical residences in season four, starting in January.
If you don't love the formulaic original that sees brothers Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott aid buyers as they find, purchase and renovate a dream home, you can enjoy your Scott twins at home, on a ranch, in New Orleans or facing-off on Brother vs. Brother thanks to the series' many spinoffs.
Sure, it's super staged and the arguments between couples as they state their diametrically opposed wish list ("I want a fixer upper that I can really put my stamp on!" "I refuse to take on a single project!") are likely prodded by producers. But we will never not get a kick out of watching people complain about too-small master bedrooms or act like paint colors are an unfixable problem.
The half-hour episodes featuring Southern California real estate wunderkinds Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead have the same you-can't-stop quality as a can of Pringles. Except that after plowing through a marathon of the exes re-tiling bathrooms and choosing kitchen cabinetry, we're left feeling inspired and confident that we too could make a career out of flipping houses.
We still kinda can't believe this network darling is off the air (perhaps because it's apt to remain in rerun form for perpetuity). But with the announcement of the Gaines' forthcoming channel, we have faith we'll once again be privy to Chip's demo days and Joanna's knack for putting together a reclaimed wood accent wall and the most adorable playroom you ever did see.