Parents' Guide to

Instant Dream Home

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Formulaic extreme home design show still brings the fun.

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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+


This show is a disgrace to all men who actually build things. The work that is going on is the sideshow, and the production, hype, and how much drama they can make it look like is the main show. Another case of paid actors making a lie for people to watch.

Is It Any Good?

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This latest home makeover show may not be breaking any new ground, but it's still a good time for anyone interested in home design. Plus, the families featured on Instant Dream Home will truly humble you with the grateful and generous manner in which they walk through life. As is the way with extreme renovation shows, this one sets itself a needlessly impossible challenge (in this case, completing the entire surprise redesign in only 12 hours). Manufactured drama ensues and, not so surprisingly, the crew manages to complete the project despite the setback of the week just in the nick of time.

Luckily, host Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black) adds some needed freshness to this stale formula with her vivacious attitude (and outfits) and her unapologetic lack of building and design knowledge. This show is exactly what you would expect -- modern makeovers for unsuspecting but incredibly deserving people -- but will still leave you with a smile.

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