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Home Show Review — Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

ExtremesmallAre you sick to death of the manipulation of your emotions, the contrived tear-jerking scenes, the blatant product placement that is rampant on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition?

I’m not. Though when I saw the first show, I was horrified to see the crew mow down the old house and build a McMansion on the lot with no regard for finances or reality. What kind of home makeover is that?

Of course, it’s not a home makeover so much as a life makeover for folks who are hurting. Some memorable episodes: the demoralized paraplegic female cop who could not move her wheelchair through the old house, and the paraplegic ex-drill sergeant with the same problem. How could you not get teary watching these people behold their newly functional homes, and lives?

I guess that’s it. I like to feel. I like sappy stuff, whereas my husband hates it. I do wonder about the off-camera drama we don’t see: the people who feel taken advantage of or tossed aside, the original homes who served their purposes well but are callously trashed. Can we not have a moment of silence for them? This show may be like sausage and politics, where you don’t really want to know how it’s done.

P.S. What home improvement shows are you watching these days?

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