Fixer Upper

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Family-friendly home-renovation show has likable hosts.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Remodeling old homes can improve a community.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chip and Joanna Gaines are likable and respect each other. 


Occasionally Chip gets hurt during construction; bruising visible. 


Mild flirtation; occasional light smacks on behinds. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasionally bars are part of the design; alcohol referenced. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fixer Upper is a reality series about a Texas couple committed to turning dilapidated houses into spectacular real estate. There's some mild innuendo (mainly flirtatious behavior between the married hosts), and occasionally construction leads to some minor injuries, but there's no blood. The series promotes its hosts' business, Magnolia Homes, and it also features local businesses. It's very family-friendly, but kids probably won't find it very entertaining unless they're into home remodeling and design. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins July 7, 2019

Inspiring couple shows hard work, results with great family values.

It's disheartening to see Common Sense belittle traditional family values with low ratings while some real garbage shows get better scores. This show is gr... Continue reading
Adult Written bygk702062 July 30, 2019

Chip Childish

I love Joanna Gaines but Chip Gaines is so immature that it’s hard for me to watch the show he acts more like a little bratty kid then an adult. His actions are... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDeetz January 21, 2021


I love the show. It’s super appropriate, and really entertaining. I stopped watching it during the last few seasons but overall it’s great. It’s appropriate, bu... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bystarserver June 12, 2020

Fun and family friendly

Pros: amazing to see how previously unwanted houses are turned into a gorgeous, liveable space! Chip's goofing off is also hilarious.
Cons: a very few ind... Continue reading

What's the story?

FIXER UPPER is a reality series about a Waco, Texas, couple committed to turning dilapidated houses into spectacular real estate throughout central Texas. Chip and Joanna "Jo" Gaines work with clients to purchase run-down houses and small business spaces that have huge renovation potential. Chip manages the construction side of the renovation, while Jo designs the new spaces to reflect the house's character and the new owners' style. Once the work is complete, they present the restored home to its new owners in a big reveal. They hope that each house they work on helps revitalize the local community. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted and positive series features home renovations that are meant to please the owners while improving the neighborhoods they live in. It spends multiple episodes following each major renovation and offers details about some of the work going into designing and building kitchens, new living spaces, and landscaping around the home to improve its curb appeal.  

Chip and Joanna's pleasant, fun-loving personalities -- they're mildly flirtatious with each other -- add as much character to the show as their beautiful redesigned homes. Some may also pick up on the subtle references made to their conservative Christian background. But Fixer Upper is mostly about fixing houses, and folks who like real estate and design shows will enjoy it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways a home remodel such as the ones on Fixer Upper can affect an entire neighborhood. What can restoring an old house do for the community? Can all old and historic homes be renovated? How hard (and expensive) is it to do?

  • Why do you think Chip and Joanna Gaines have their own reality show? Is it because of the community-inspired focus of their work? To promote their business? To make money? Does Fixer Upper really show what their work is like every day?

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