Series: Extreme Makeover Home Edition
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, a Creation Nation parody of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
where a group of people build (or rather get other people to build for them) a Big Fancy House
for the poor, downtrodden family of the week. Frequently features handsome handyperson Ty Pennington; later seasons frequently include various celebrities in the construction teams.
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 a little uneasy
even among the mainstream, majorly rebuilding a house
for deserving people is definitely feel-good programming, besides offering ample opportunities for Product Placement
— 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 Long Runner
. 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 Christmas Special
in December 2012.
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
This show provides examples of:
- Amazing Freaking Grace: On the final night of the Teas family build, a camper at Camp Barnabas thanked the volunteers and sang this song.
- Artifact Title: It has been much more successful than Extreme Makeover, outlasting it by five years, yet the spinoff-style title was never changed.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Ty Pennington literally has it, which may explain the overwhelming enthusiasm he shows for everything.
- Big "OMG!"
- Bridal Carry: Sometimes Ty helps disabled children and their parents by performing this carry.
- Catch Phrase: A few.
- "Goooooooood morning, [name] family!"
- "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.
- "So here's the thing..."
- "There's only one thing left to say. Welcome Home [family's name] family, welcome home."
- Celebrity Edition: The 2009-10 season.
- Muppet Cameo: The celebrities in the first 2010 episode.
- 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.
- Celebrity Star: Rapper Xzhibit was on the building team for about a year.
- Cool House: The whole point of the show.
- Downer Ending: That the people who appear on this show never can afford to keep their new houses is listed on Cracked as #3 on their list of "5 Depressing Realities Behind Popular Reality TV Shows
For starters, you can't throw downtrodden waste management employees into a five-bedroom mansion when they aren't even able to make the payments on their leaky two-bedroom sadness bungalow. Sure, the show's producers may cover all the construction costs, but the lucky homeowners are left on their own to figure out how in the name of Warren Buffett's gilded butt hairs they're going to cover the utility bills and property taxes that have skyrocketed as a result of their extreme home makeover.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first total demolition didn't happen until episode fourteen.
- Enforced Plug: For Sears, Disney, and, apparently in the newer seasons, other Mouse shows and acts.
- 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.
- Friday Night Death Slot: ABC moved this show to Friday nights, and was somehow shocked when they had to cancel it.
- The Glomp: The design team will often get this from the more energetic and outgoing families.
- Happily Ever After: 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.
- Littlest Cancer Patient: 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.
- Melodrama: OH, BOY.
- Men Don't Cry: Highly averted.
- If one of the guys on the Build Team isn't crying or teary-eyed, you're watching the wrong show.
- Monochrome Casting: The show features very white construction crews. If you are used to seeing mostly, if not only, non-white construction workers in Real Life, this looks very odd.
- Moral Guardians: 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.
- Nice Guy: All families.
- Not so Fast, Bucko!: The Vardon house was actually finished early, and the design team spent their spare time perfecting their work.
- No Indoor Voice: TY. NO, SERIOUSLY. JUST ALL THE TIME.
- One of the Kids: Ty; Ed, when he's with the team.
- Product Placement: Lots of it.
- Punny Name: One of the building companies is called Holmes' homes. No, seriously.
- Reality Show Genre Blindness: Every family that appears on the show in how they (over)react to their new house.
- It Makes Sense in Context, considering that several of the families lived in giant rat holes, even though they may be encouraged by the producers.
- Rule of Pool: The design team may install a pool if there is a therapeutic reason to do so.
- Shrine to the Fallen: Families with a predeceased member will have memorials built into their new house.
- Side Bet: 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.
- Spin-Off: Though technically far closer to the original Extreme Makeover, Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition was spun off due to the success of Home Edition. Basically, though, that one is Extreme Makeover meets The Biggest Loser. The third season re-named it to just Extreme Weight Loss
- Strictly Formula: The show usually goes as such:
- Ty and the crew are in the bus watching the family's story. One or many or all the children or members of the family have some chronic disease or something else, the family may or may not be working for the good of the community but all of them lives in a crappy house or the house has been destroyed. Move often than not, there will be crying involved.
- "GOOD MORNING [family name])!!!" (though they have tried to shake it up by simply surprising them at an event)
- We hear more of the family's story and then, they send the family to Disney World or some other vacation spot.
- 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.
- Horde of people builds the house, Ty and the crew does some challenges.
- They bring back the family.
- "Bus driver, MOVE THAT BUS!"
- [reactions of the family as they tour the house]
- Tempting Fate: When Ty asked the Teas family what they should do with their old house, the mother replied, "You could burn it." So they did.
- Title Confusion: Also unofficially known as Extreme Home Makeover and referred to as such by some fans and media, and even by ABC affiliates themselves who promote the show.
- Up to Eleven: Why did they give Ty Pennington a loud-hailer?
- Because it's funny.
- Maybe they're onto him.
- Lampshaded in one commercial for the network, where someone takes the horn away from him and he continues speaking in the same voice.
- In one episode, somebody got fed up with it and pushed Ty into a pool. That didn't stop him, though, and he continued to use it. However, since it got waterlogged it started making a squelching sound very much like a barking seal.
- 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). 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.
- You Have 48 Hours: Or seven days, as the case may be. Much to Ty's embarrassment, the deadline was missed at least once.