History Series / ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition

31st Aug '16 12:47:47 AM PaulA
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The story behind this one: ABC had a series called ''Extreme Makeover'' which was about improving people's looks through plastic surgery. Someone decided to make a spinoff -- technically, what this show is ''supposed'' to be doing is like plastic surgery, only to houses. As it happens, while majorly rebuilding a person is [[{{Squick}} a little uneasy]] even among the mainstream, majorly rebuilding a ''house'' for deserving people is definitely feel-good programming, besides offering ample opportunities for ProductPlacement -- and the show always tries to make sure that those who are having their houses rebuilt appear deserving. Thus, while the original ''Extreme Makeover'' only lasted two seasons, this is a LongRunner. In December 2011, however, it was announced that the show would end in January 2012 after nine successful seasons. The series has been resurrected for special episodes, including a ChristmasSpecial in December 2012.

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The story behind this one: ABC had a series called ''Extreme Makeover'' which was about improving people's looks through plastic surgery. Someone decided to make a spinoff -- technically, what this show is ''supposed'' to be doing is like plastic surgery, only to houses. As it happens, while majorly rebuilding a person is [[{{Squick}} a little uneasy]] even among the mainstream, majorly rebuilding a ''house'' for deserving people is definitely feel-good programming, besides offering ample opportunities for ProductPlacement -- and the show always tries to make sure that those who are having their houses rebuilt appear deserving. Thus, while the original ''Extreme Makeover'' only lasted two seasons, this is a LongRunner.ran for nine. In December 2011, however, it was announced that the show would end in January 2012 after nine successful seasons. The series has been resurrected for special episodes, including a ChristmasSpecial in December 2012.
3rd Aug '16 4:14:11 PM tyrekecorrea
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* GondorCallsForAid: Most of the volunteers for the builds are the neighbors of the families receiving houses. The application for the show asks how candidate families get along with their neighbors, presumably to ensure that their will be volunteers to speak of.
26th Jun '16 10:39:18 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* CelebrityStar: Rapper Xzhibit was on the building team for about a year.

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* CelebrityStar: Rapper Xzhibit Xzibit was on the building team for about a year.
5th Nov '15 10:48:14 AM IncoG5nito
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* HomeAndGarden: UpToEleven.
25th Oct '15 9:11:07 PM LadyNorbert
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This show tends to do major rebuilding during its makeovers. They keep a time limit, but there seems to be no expense spared. (There are willing donors.) On occasion, this has led to a remodel that would end up unmaintainable, but only a few of those have ever been made public. And those houses ''are'' impressive.

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This show tends to do major rebuilding during its makeovers. They keep a time limit, but there seems to be no expense spared. (There are willing donors.) On occasion, this has led to a remodel that would end up unmaintainable, too difficult for the families to maintain, but only a few of those have ever been made public. And those houses ''are'' impressive.



** "Welcome home, [name] family. Welcome home."
** And, of course, "Bus driver, move that bus!"
** "Oh my god/gosh!" heard from the families' mouths when seeing a new house and its rooms for the first time.

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** "Welcome home, [name] family. Welcome home."
** And, of course, "Bus driver, move that bus!"
driver! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Move! That! Bus!]]"
** "Oh my god/gosh!" God/Oh my gosh!" heard from the families' mouths when seeing a new house and its rooms for the first time.



*** [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]] showed up a few seasons ago, back when Tracy Hutson was still pregnant. In fact, Tracy's unborn child actually kicked Elmo when he put his ear to her stomach.
**** Kermit took over as team leader for Ty twice, once when he had appendicitis and the other time when he was helping build homes for people who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina.

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*** [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]] showed up a few seasons ago, back in an episode when Tracy Hutson was still pregnant. In fact, Tracy's unborn child actually kicked Elmo when he put his ear to her stomach.
**** Kermit took over as team leader for Ty twice, once when he had appendicitis and the other time once when he was helping build homes for people who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina.



** There are claims that after the makeovers, the neighbors would harass the families, saying they didn't deserve the makeovers.

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** There are claims that after the makeovers, the neighbors would harass some of the families, saying they didn't deserve the makeovers.beautiful new homes they received.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Season one, when they were still finding their niche, is a bit different from the later seasons.



** Early episodes emphasized the struggle of building a house in a week's timespan, while later seasons don't mention that as a problem.

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** Early episodes emphasized the struggle of building a house in a week's timespan, time, while later seasons don't mention that as a problem.



* FanService: One episode involved the designers having to work on a very hot summer day. Ty and the others took a break at one point to jump into a pool, but not before disrobing a bit. For the ladies, Ty and Paul took their shirts off, and for the men, Tracy Hutson took her pants off.
* FridayNightDeathSlot: Creator/{{ABC}} moved this show to Friday nights, and was somehow shocked when they had to cancel it.

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* FanService: One episode involved the designers having to work on a very hot summer day. Ty and the others took a break at one point to jump into a pool, but not before disrobing a bit. For the ladies, Ty and Paul took their shirts off, and for the men, went shirtless, while Tracy Hutson took her pants off.
* FridayNightDeathSlot: Creator/{{ABC}} moved this show to Friday nights, and was somehow shocked when they had to cancel it.
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* HappilyEverAfter: Following the events of the Walswick family episode in season one, designer Constance Ramos fell in love with and married J. J. Carell, the Walswick family friend who nominated them for the show and helped build their house.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Most episodes features either this or a severely disabled family member. Some, however, do feature people who have worked hard to help others.
** The Stott family. The mother had leukemia and was saved by a bone marrow donation by a guy who helped with the project.
** The Okvath family in Season 2. Their eight-year-old daughter Kassandra was dealing with cancer, and had sent a video to the design team requesting that they help redecorate the interior of the pediatric hospital that had helped treat her cancer. They set her up with a redecorating team for the hospital and left her and her family to take charge of that project--and doubled-back to rebuild her family's home as well.

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* HappilyEverAfter: Following the events of the Walswick family episode in season one, designer Constance Ramos fell in love with and married J. J. Carell, the Walswick family friend who nominated them for the show and helped build their house.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Most episodes features feature either this or a severely disabled family member. Some, however, do feature people who have worked hard to help others.
** The Stott family. The mother had leukemia and was saved by a bone marrow donation by from a guy who helped with the project.
** The Okvath family in Season 2. Their eight-year-old daughter Kassandra was dealing with cancer, and had sent a video to the design team requesting that they help redecorate the interior of the pediatric hospital that which had helped treat her cancer. They set her up with a redecorating team for the hospital and left her and her family to take charge of that project--and project... and doubled-back to rebuild her family's home as well.



* MonochromeCasting: The show features very white construction crews. If you are used to seeing mostly, if not only, non-white construction workers in RealLife, this looks very odd.
* MoralGuardians: Completely and utterly averted. Most family organizations loved the show. The Parents Television Council for one absolutely ''adored'' the show. In fact, they loved it so much that they gave it their Seal of Approval ''and'' named it the best show on television for the vast majority of its run.
* NiceGuy: All families.

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** Lampshaded in one of the show's commercials on CMT (which ran reruns for quite some time). The announcer comments that "You won't wanna cry... but you're ''gonna'' cry!" while showing a montage of clips of different men weeping copiously.
* MonochromeCasting: The show often features very white construction crews. If you are used to seeing mostly, if not only, non-white construction workers in RealLife, this looks very odd.
* MoralGuardians: Completely and utterly averted. Most family organizations loved the show. The show; the Parents Television Council Council, for one one, absolutely ''adored'' the show.it. In fact, they loved it so much that they gave it their Seal of Approval ''and'' named it the best show on television for the vast majority of its run.
* NiceGuy: All families.the families, as well as the people who volunteer to help build the houses. The design team members usually counts; Ty Pennington ''always'' counts.



* SideBet: In a first season episode, Constance and Tracy took on Paul and Michael in a boys-versus-girls competition to build the best room. The losers were to make dinner for the winners. It was amusing until they started ''sabotaging'' each other's rooms, endangering the timeline of the entire makeover.

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* SideBet: In a first season episode, Constance and Tracy took on Paul and Michael in a boys-versus-girls competition to build the best room. The losers were to make dinner for the winners. It was amusing until they started ''sabotaging'' each other's rooms, endangering the timeline of the entire makeover. Ty was ''not'' pleased.



** With the family in [vacation place], a massive horde of people comes to the ramshackled house just so the family can see them and Ty commentating the destruction of the house, to the wishes of the family.

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** With the family in [vacation place], a massive horde of people comes to the ramshackled ramshackle house just so the family can see them and Ty commentating the destruction of the house, to the wishes of the family.



** Ty ends every episode by welcoming the family home.



* TranquilFury: Ty, following the SideBet incident listed above. He called off the bet, said he was buying everyone pizza, and pointed out that they could eat a slice with one hand while painting with the other. His demeanor was still relatively jovial, but his eyes and his tone (which was a bit less perky than usual) made it clear that he was ''very'' displeased with his designers' antics.



*** In another episode (The [=McPhail=] family), Ty actually opts ''not'' to use it when greeting the family (because the autistic boys are sensitive to loud noises). [[BrickJoke Then, toward the end of the episode]], the others fish the megaphone out of the river. Ty explains that he's been looking for it and the others comment that they'd been trying to hide it somewhere he wouldn't find it.
*** Ty also chose not to use it in the episode with the Hill family because of the father's PTSD, as loud noises triggered episodes.
** The Vardon Family is a subversion. Ty used the megaphone to yell a TTY messsage, which makes no sense, because the latter is used by the deaf and hard of hearing. There was no indication of whether or not the TTY folks went deaf.

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*** In another episode (The (the [=McPhail=] family), Ty actually opts ''not'' to use it when greeting the family (because because the autistic boys are sensitive to loud noises).noises. [[BrickJoke Then, toward the end of the episode]], the others fish the megaphone out of the river. Ty explains that he's been looking for it it, and the others comment that they'd been trying to hide it somewhere he wouldn't find it.
*** Ty also chose elects not to use it in the episode with the Hill family because of the father's PTSD, as loud noises triggered episodes.
** The Vardon Family is a subversion. Ty used the megaphone to yell a TTY messsage, message, which makes no sense, because the latter is used by the deaf and hard of hearing. There was no indication of whether or not the TTY folks went deaf. Possibly it was only done for show and the actual TTY message was created off-camera.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The Vardon house was actually finished early, and the design team spent their spare time perfecting their work.

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The Vardon house was actually finished early, and allowing the design team spent their spare to spend the extra time perfecting their work.
14th Jun '15 4:03:30 PM Quanyails
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first total demolition didn't happen until episode fourteen.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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The first total demolition didn't happen until episode fourteen. fourteen.
** Early episodes emphasized the struggle of building a house in a week's timespan, while later seasons don't mention that as a problem.
22nd Feb '15 8:53:07 PM tyrekecorrea
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* NotSoFastBucko: The Vardon house was actually finished early, and the design team spent their spare time perfecting their work.


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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The Vardon house was actually finished early, and the design team spent their spare time perfecting their work.
30th Jan '15 1:50:37 AM Elusivehawk
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This show tends to do major rebuilding during its makeovers. They keep a time limit, but there seems to be no expense spared. (There are willing donors, natch.) On occasion, this has led to a remodel that would end up unmaintainable, but only a few of those have ever been made public. And those houses ''are'' impressive.

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This show tends to do major rebuilding during its makeovers. They keep a time limit, but there seems to be no expense spared. (There are willing donors, natch.donors.) On occasion, this has led to a remodel that would end up unmaintainable, but only a few of those have ever been made public. And those houses ''are'' impressive.
5th Nov '14 11:18:16 AM intersection786
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* MonochromeCasting: The show features very white construction crews. If you are used to seeing non-white construction workers predominately, this looks very odd.

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* MonochromeCasting: The show features very white construction crews. If you are used to seeing mostly, if not only, non-white construction workers predominately, in RealLife, this looks very odd.
14th Sep '14 1:35:14 PM intersection786
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* MonochromeCasting: The show features very white construction crews. If you are used to seeing non-white construction workers predominately, this looks very odd.



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