Home Made Simple TV Poster Image

Home Made Simple



Extreme household makeover is fine for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

With hard work and patience, every home can run more smoothly. Everyone needs to pitch in and help out.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Procter & Gamble's Homemadesimple.com Web site is pitched regularly.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in each episode of this home-improvement reality series, a team of experts helps a family simplify their home lives. Friends pitch in to help, and everyone learns new ways to make their households more user friendly. It's fine fare for young viewers, though only die-hard home improvement buffs will be entertained.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

In HOME MADE SIMPLE -- which is based on Procter and Gamble's Web site of the same name -- families learn how to make their households run more efficiently, picking up useful skills along the way. Each week, two \"home mavens\" -- organizational expert June Saruwatari and carpenter Scott McCray -- visit a family dealing with issues like coping with raising triplets or a mom's return to the workforce. With the help of guest experts and the featured couple's friends, Saruwatari and McCray show the family how to organize their home, create simple meals, and set aside family-friendly spaces. In one episode, for example, the mavens showed culinary-challenged Kate, a mother of three boys under 5, how to create delicious, simple meals in minutes. Meanwhile, her husband learned how to transform a dilapidated backyard deck area into a sandbox for the boys.

Is it any good?


Home Made Simple has many positives: In addition to quick tips that appear from time to time at the bottom of the screen ("For the best zest, use unwaxed fruit"), devoted, caring parents and loving families are highlighted. But while the show is fine for viewers of all ages, Home Made Simple will primarily appeal to adults and older teens with the home improvement bug.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about pitching in. Why does a household run smoothly only when everyone helps out? Even though chores are often a bore, what can kids learn from helping out Mom and Dad? What helpful ideas can you take away from this show?

TV details

Premiere date:June 4, 2006
Cast:June Saruwatari, Scott McCray
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-G

This review of Home Made Simple was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byMovieMamma April 9, 2008
Adult Written byGr33nClover April 9, 2008


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?