A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show promotes creativity -- rather than lavish spending -- as a means to achieving realistic design solutions. The hosts encourage families to repurpose things they already have, donate items they don't use, and throw away items they don't need.
Positive Role Models
The hosts keep a positive attitude despite their limited budget and work well together as a team. Their hard work pays off with positive results.
Products & Purchases
Vendor logos are shown, including 1-800-GOT-JUNK and Big Lots.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, aside from a little bit of brand promotion through visible logos, this design-oriented reality series is a great choice for families -- particularly those who want to spruce up their spaces without spending a lot of money. Rather than throwing fistfuls of cash at a design problem, the show stresses thinking creatively to solve organizational dilemmas and encourages reusing items you already have.
Is It Any Good?
Compared with the overblown excess of design shows like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, $100 Makeover is like a breath of fresh air and comes off as both relatable and inspirational. Sure, the designers and carpenters are professionals, but the things they're doing to improve these families' spaces are essentially things that anyone could do -- and it might just motivate you to get organized.
That said, the show could definitely do more to educate the families (and viewers) about staying organized so that they'll be able to keep things orderly when the cameras leave. But it's still nice to see a show promoting a little creativity when it comes to problem-solving and reusing items that people already have, rather than feeding America's addiction to fancy new chotchkies and furnishings.
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