Stager Invasion

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Show about upping homes' sellability isn't aimed at kids.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The message that you don't need a lot of money to make a house sell-able is a large part of the show.  The show also promotes teamwork and sticking to a deadline.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The star/hostess can be something of a martinet -- driving her crew, complaining, and generally freaking out at times.


Lots of "gateway" language like "damn," "sucks," "frickin'," and "hell," as well as the occasional bleeped word (often during particularly stressful moments).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the star/hostess of this show about families who need help selling their homes can be a little harsh in her assessments of the homes and hard on her crew, she also gives sellers realistic, practical advice. Kids aren't likely to be interested, but if they are, the use of some "gateway" swear words (usually used in the heat of an intense moment) like "crap," "sucks," and "hell" is about as iffy as the content gets.

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What's the story?

STAGER INVASION centers on Lisa Lynch, a professional stager -- someone who does a quick redecorating job on houses to help them sell -- whose job is to "de-personalize" homes so that potential buyers aren't distracted by what's in the house and can instead focus on the house itself. In each episode, she gets eight hours to stage homes for families that really need her help.

Is it any good?

Lynch is rather fun to watch. And, oddly enough, even though she can be a little harsh at times, she's very quick to point out that her comments are about the houses, not the families. In one case, for example, she acknowledges that the family photos all over one wall in a house are cute -- but she still says they have to come down.

The hard part is that her most negative behavior -- particularly her frazzled meltdowns as her deadline approaches -- is also the most fun to watch. It's not full-scale abusive temper tantrums, but it's not exactly behavior you'd want kids engaging in when they're facing a tight deadline, either.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that many of the featured families are selling their homes to avoid foreclosure. Parents, ask your kids about what they're hearing about the current financial crisis. Are they worried? If so, address their concerns.

  • Parents can also ask their kids what they might want to change about their own houses. What did you learn about selling homes from the show? What parts of your house reflect your family's personal taste? Why isn't that always a good thing?

TV details

  • Premiere date: June 30, 2009
  • Cast: Lisa Lynch
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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