I am crazy for television Home Shows. If you turn on my set, the channel is most likely to be on is HGTV. It all began when I was questioning why so many people were obsessed with these shows. What was I missing?
I started with Fixer Upper with the inimitable wholesome couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, but just out of curiosity. 10 episodes later, I was hooked. Watching the Gaineses wreck and renovate houses in Waco, Texas, was addictive. I just had to see how they could transform a total dump into one of their fabulous farmhouse-chic homes. And, I needed to see it over and over again.
I added House Hunters and House Hunters International to my queue and the half-hour episodes flew by. Looking at these places I can’t afford in cities around the world, I was dizzy with delight. I couldn’t believe the budget these couples had; and how could they pick the worst houses almost every time?
I was only slightly disappointed when I discovered that Tiny House Hunters; Tiny House, Big Living; Tiny Luxury; and Tiny Paradise were not about abodes for tiny people, but very small places to live, yet I still got hooked.
I suppose I shouldn’t be so surprised that I ended up falling in love with HGTV, TLC and the rest. The unscripted series I’d already given my heart to, such as Project Runway, Queer Eye or The Great British Baking Show, should have been the tipoff that would soon be DVR-ing The Property Brothers and TLC’s revived Trading Spaces.
I digress, this Saturday Night Live sketch from November 11 with the delightful Leslie Jones and guest host Liev Schreiber had me laughing hard. It’s a spoof of that end moment on House Hunters, where they list all the features of the houses. They nailed it. And who knew sexy Schreiber could have such a light touch with comedy?
Spoiler: by the time the couples film we little recap at the end of each episode of House Hunters, they’ve already purchased the house.