Extreme Homes

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Unique-home reality is mild, with limited kid appeal.

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Positive Messages

Many of the techniques architects use to challenge traditional home design are eco-friendly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some architects note that their efforts are intended to improve difficult housing situations in their communities.

Violence & Scariness

Some homes played a part in historic events; for example, one hid violent fugitive Jesse James.

Sexy Stuff

In some cases the homes serve as promotional vehicles for their designers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine cellars are sometimes visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Extreme Homes has some eco-friendly messages about modern home design and building, but mostly it focuses on each home's unique, and often luxurious, design. The show travels to some interesting international locales, but chances are kids won't want to tune in.

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What's the story?

EXTREME HOMES is a reality series that showcases unique houses around the world. Narrated by Brian Cooney, it offers the details of each home's design as well as the materials used to build it. The interesting locations of some of them are discussed, and interviews with the designers give insight on their inspirations.

Is it any good?

From a surfer's retreat that blends into the Australian ecosystem to a home carved into a historic cave in the Ozarks, Extreme Homes highlights building projects that challenge traditional ways of constructing houses. It also shows how architects around the world are incorporating new ways of thinking about design, building costs, and the environment.

Many of the homes featured are built by architects who have the ability and means to push the envelope of design and construction to create their masterpieces. Details about the construction process and the challenges faced are limited. The show won't appeal to everyone, but people who enjoy design and architecture will certainly appreciate it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about home-design reality shows. What is their appeal? Are they designed to be interesting, entertaining, or inspiring? Why do you think the owners agreed to have their homes featured?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 4, 1998
  • Cast: Brian Cooney
  • Network: HGTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-G
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: March 13, 2020

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