What’s to Love About ‘Fixer Upper’

Lauren Hansen | March 22, 2016


The irony with an article about a cable TV show is that I no longer have cable TV. Our family cut the cord for many reasons, one of which would be the quality of programming, particularly reality TV. Reality TV can tempt viewers to celebrate any number of sins: envy, lust, malice, slander. Programs can dramatize and degrade or idealize and idolize. Even the best shows can lead viewers to find the grass greener on the screen and covet that marriage, that house, that shiplap. At our worst moments, we can fall into these temptations even with a show like HGTV’s home renovation hit Fixer Upper. But at our best, that’s not why we love it. 

Image credit: HGTV

What’s to love about Fixer Upper? Let us count the ways. If you’re like me, you could watch stars Chip and Joanna Gaines do just about anything. I’d be entertained by watching them watch paint dry. They’re good at their work and enjoy doing it. And, perhaps even more appealing, they honor each other and laugh a lot while working together. They include their kids in projects. They’re champions for their hometown of Waco, Texas. They must’ve boosted business for every carpenter, graphic designer…


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