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 this real-estate-oriented reality show is part home improvement show, part workplace drama. Investors are in the game to earn a profit, and they work hard to that end, often talking gleefully about making money. Tempers often flare, some heated disagreements occur, and team members toss minor insults at one another. There are some brand names mentioned and occasionally swearing is bleeped.
What's the story?
FLIP THIS HOUSE follows teams of experienced real estate investors as they purchase undervalued property, renovate it, and sell it for a profit. Working under a deadline (which is largely artificial but helps build tension), the crew tears down rotting walls, installs new cabinetry, paints, builds extra rooms, and more while trying to keep costs down to maximize profit. In the process, tempers flare, workers go missing, friendships are tested, and stress reaches a high pitch before the house is ready for potential buyers.
Is it any good?
Flip This House strikes a fairly even balance between personal drama and home renovations, giving viewers a bit of both without drowning in either. Some crews have more colorful characters, and arguments occur more frequently within some groups. But overall, the crews are professional and have their eye focused on the profit margin. Younger viewers will find little to interest them -- though if they do watch, they might see heated disagreements, hear an occasional bleeped curse word, and be exposed to folks in mad pursuit of the dollar.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why shows about houses and real estate are so popular. Do you think viewers learn anything useful from these programs, or is it mostly just vicarious living? Do you feel like you have a sense of how the real estate business works after watching? Families can also discuss what it's like to have a job that's primarily focused on making money. What's the reward of this type of work, as opposed to jobs that are oriented more creatively or socially? Kids: What do you think will be most important to you -- making money, having a creative outlet, or helping people?