Although we’re only in season one of “Fixer Upper,” Chip and Joanna Gaines, a couple whose unique style, they claim, is built on a “day of sin,” are taking home design very seriously, having built their HGTV show around helping others live more creatively in their homes.
One may even call it a cult of house!
Six of the most escapist TV shows that will make you go home, happy.
“Fixer Upper”: Chip and Joanna Gaines are “Fixer Upper” to a T. If the six-episode first season is any indication, it’s easy to understand why many fans consider it the perfect small-screen indulgence — and make any of their own home fantasies come true. The show focuses on Chip’s various renovations of an aging southern California home that is the house they grew up in. During the season, they set out to “fix” the house for a contractor and young family, but, with the addition of Joanna’s interior design skills, their customer list expands into anything from a “curious” vintage movie theater, to a pair of baseball caps signed by Babe Ruth.
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*Eliza McKinnon, the 14-year-old who made it to the finals of “American Idol” with her rendition of “Make It Rain,” is one big Gaines fan. Eliza McKinnon/ABC
“LIFE”: If you’re ready to live in a forevermore glamorous world in “Life,” there’s the opportunity to be part of its over-the-top House of the Week. The show, which premiered in September, is a voyeuristic trip to the world of celebrity designer and real estate mogul Michael Smith, who moves through a series of luxury homes for the series “LIFE with Michael Smith.” Each week, a celebrity guest — including Andy Cohen, Nick Jonas, Wendy Williams, La La Anthony, Lil Jon and Kimberly Caldwell — joins Smith for an extended look inside the homes as he designs them as individual works of art.
“LIFE”: For those who would prefer a more mid-century modern look, “Million Dollar Listing” star Josh Altman hosts “UnReal,” an unscripted series following the lives of contestants on Lifetime’s unscripted show.
“UnReal”: In “UnReal,” pro bono real estate agent Sam Fox and a cast of contestants try to sell homes on “The Bachelor”-esque reality show, which airs on A&E.