This Old House. Anyone else watch?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by mwhip, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. wkearney99

    wkearney99 Bill Kearney

    Dec 5, 2003


    Given the incredible amount of work they're doing on the place I'd hardly call it a normal job. That and it's a pretty big house. Not like some of the post-and-beam monstrosities of recent years, but still FAR from a normal kind of home.

    It seemed like the older shows managed to 'get more in' rather than stretching it out across multiple episodes. Now, jobs do require a lot of time and it's better not to fake it into the '3 day' schedules some shows seem to hype. But given there's only about 20 minutes of actual show in the average episode these days it's pretty annoying to come away feeling like very little was covered. At least with ATOH you're getting some pretty thorough coverage of multiple projects in the same timeframe.

    That and it really did seem hard to get a decent season pass configured for the show. Between randomly bad PBS guide data (wrong shows entirely) or repeats being record even with 'First Run', I stopped trying to record it. But lately it seems to be handling first run recordings properly.

    Even in the face of competition from DIY and HGTV, TOH still comes across as a show worth watching.
  2. Gary McCoy

    Gary McCoy Active Member

    Jun 4, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    I am another viewer who has watched every TOH episode since the show was new. I also lived on Nantucket when Norm Abrams was a struggling General Contractor there. (Norm was always a great craftsman, never a great businessman.)

    The popular versions of why Bob Vila left TOH, including those in this thread, are all wrong. In fact, after 10 years as the TOH host, he had a disagreement with series producer Russel Morash over who had creative control and how many commercial endorsements of new products should be included in the series.

    Eventually Vila left voluntarily and suddenly (between seasons) to go do his own show, Home Again With Bob Vila, which he was certain would be bigger and better than TOH. Morash of course had the last laugh, Vila's show lasted one season, and Vila became the king of the travelling homeshow circuit. He made a bit of a comeback with another series (Restore America) a documentary series where he toured historic homes and was narrator. But this also lasted one season.

    Vila's best work IMHO was on Tool Time, where he was arch-rival to Tim Allen on the show-within-a-show in the actual series Home Improvement.
  3. Squeak

    Squeak Well-Known Member TCF Club

    May 12, 2000
    Columbus, Ohio
    What am I missing?:,,20587086,00.html

    This is one of their smaller projects in recent years. I would say it is in the 1800-2400 sqft range.

    Now, the cost is a different story -- but that is to be expected when you buy a house in downtown Cambridge.

    The interesting sub-projects that they show on TV cost money -- otherwise who wants to watch them once again put up a partition wall?
  4. nataylor

    nataylor Curiously Strong TCF Club

    Apr 26, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Home Again with Bob Vila (renamed just Bob Vila for its last two seasons) ran for over 430 episodes over 15 seasons.
  5. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley


    You have inspired me to try and find it and set up a new SP. When I was remodeling this house, it was a staple. I learned a lot of cool things from shows like this. I watched two or three different ones at one point in my life.
  6. snowjay

    snowjay 40mph couch potato

    Mar 26, 2007
    Almost in...

    I'm with you. The show is remodeling/renovating old homes to someones dream. If you want modest home improvements you are watching the wrong show.
  7. vertigo235

    vertigo235 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Oct 27, 2000
    It's called This Old House!
  8. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    Yep old houses take a lot of money. Our 1960s house is on its 6th remodel.

    Living room
    Kitchen again
    Bedroom/bathrooms again
    Family room/fireplace

    Plus all sorts of outside stuff
  9. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    1960s? That's not old!!
  10. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    My 1960 house has never been remodeled. It was never really finished either.
  11. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    May 25, 2006
    I have been watching this show for what seems like forever. I did like when they went in and did repairs to an older home. However to see the new things available they have to do the hugh rebuilds. I think thats why I like the ASK programs better. They show more of the things a regular home owner can do for themselves. I just finished replacing the stairs in the outside opening to my basement. I used the info they showed on how to replace a short stair to a deck.
  12. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    But he did remodel an old house. That house's transformation from tear-down to restored masterpiece was filmed and broadcast by WGBH. The series was popular enough that they continued on.

    As far as his lack of creds, that's not unusual for PBS. MotorWeek's John Davis had no prior automotive journalism experience (and it still shows 30 years later) and in their 25th anniversary episode admitted that his original staffers were often chosen by either the car they drove everyday and/or their car-related conversations around the water cooler.
  13. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    That's what I used to love about another PBS show, Hometime. Dean Johnson and various female co-hosts have projects that were a lot more reasonable. They have done some really big homes, but a lot of those are just minor remodels and especially repairs.

    My favorite project of theirs of course is the log cabin they built probably 20 years ago, and I'm glad they've gone back a few times for maintenance and have even changed out a few things.
  14. MoBoost

    MoBoost Member TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2007
    Thread revival!
    We really like the show; been watching for years. The show is listed as HD and I know that 480i qualifies, but why isn't it 1080? Is it Comcast, the show or my channel selection?
  15. vertigo235

    vertigo235 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Oct 27, 2000
    The show is indeed in HD, and 480i actually doesn't qualify. So it's channel selection or comcast.

    I think it's in 1080i.
  16. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Its 1080i on OTA.
  17. MoBoost

    MoBoost Member TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2007
    Strange, in my season pass manager it shows the HD symbol, but the recordings are always 480i. It's probably Comcast.:confused:

    Same issue with Downton Abbey, 480i.
  18. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    I'd like to know what some of these people who own the homes do for a living. Like with that new Essex House, "Hey, i'm going to buy this run down cottage in the woods for my parents, and renovate it so that everything is more accessible". Ever heard of a retirement home?? :D;)
  19. RonDawg

    RonDawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    Have you priced a retirement home? My mother spent her last month on earth in one, and it was costing my father something like $3500/month, and that's a room with 2 roommates. If she wanted her own room, it's more like $6k. A few years in such a facility and you've spent enough money to buy a pretty nice house.

    The home where my mother was is considered one of the better ones in LA. Many that I have had to visit due to my job were little more than death factories. Absolutely depressing.
  20. Carfan

    Carfan Member

    Aug 9, 2003
    New Hampshire
    I also had the pleasure of flying back to Boston from Denver with the crew (it was long enough ago that Bob was also there). Interesting dynamics beween the crew, Norm and Rich are great!

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