A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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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