Design TV Shows: How Obsessed Are You?Boston

Design TV Shows: How Obsessed Are You?Boston

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 11, 2008

Are you enamored with home design television shows? If so, you're not alone. We just received our monthly Angie's List membership magazine and the cover story is about why we're so "intrigued by home improvement TV". The article reported that 79% of Angie's List members watch television design shows. reports a dizzying number of design shows on TV: 240! The Angie's List article points out that home design shows first cropped up in the 1940's but it wasn't until 1979, when "This Old House", the grandmother of all TV design shows, first aired, that the current design show craze was born...

Admittedly, we resisted the madness for a long time, but then ordered basic cable so we could sneak peeks at HGTV. Fortunately, we have a pet peeve about some of the shows that keeps our design TV habit in check: the over-the-top, quippy, obscenely perky hosts. These to-remain-unnamed hosts make Bob Vila look so good. Maybe it's the down-to-earth New Englanders in us.

Our curmudgeon critique aside, how many hours of design shows per week do you watch? If you were only allowed to watch ONE show which would it be? What's your best example of applying something you learned from design television to a real-life project?

We'd love to hear!

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Kyle Freeman for AT Boston

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