Home renovations and real estate deals are largely on pause because of the coronavirus lockdown, but there’s no shortage of TV shows to fill that void. Each show, at its core, is the story of looking for a better future — just the thing we all could use about now.
The other thing many of us could use is hundreds of hours of distraction. So Myjobquote.co.uk, a website that connects homeowners with tradesmen, figured out just how long it would take to binge-watch the entire back catalogs of some popular home-improvement shows. (For the purposes of the study, the site stuck with completed seasons, included commercial breaks, and did some averaging on episode lengths.)
You might think that the PBS classic “This Old House” — the mother of all home renovation shows, with 1,015 episodes going back to 1979 — would easily win this contest with its total of 21 days and three hours of content. But HGTV’s House Hunters has managed to churn out more than 1,700 episodes in its 20 completed seasons, adding up to more than a full month: 33 days, 13 hours and 13 minutes of back-to-back, no-sleep, no-bathroom-break viewing.
HGTV’s “Property Brothers” and “Brother Vs. Brother,” starring Drew and Jonathan Scott, combine for more than six days of running time. On the seventh day, if you still haven’t gotten enough of the brothers, you can catch one of their other shows, like “Property Brothers: Forever Home,” which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
But what do the Scotts watch in isolation? Jonathan likes Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent of “Save My House.” “These guys are not only talented designers but so sweet and really fun to watch,” he said via email. Drew has a warm spot for Ben and Erin of “Home Town.” “If there wasn’t so much paperwork … I’d ask them to adopt me. Haha!” (Both shows are on the brothers’ parent network, HGTV.)
Since their own shows have halted production, the brothers offered some tips for those still eager to get things done.
“As many people will be working from home, home office organization is key. And this is a good chance to knock off all those small projects you wanted to tackle, like repainting or hanging new window coverings,” wrote Jonathan.
“I think this is also a great time to think about storage,” offered Dave. “People can have storage solutions delivered to their home and that they can assemble themselves, which will hopefully free up extra space or tuck away kids’ toys and school projects.”