The host guides various participants as they repair and renovate various houses.




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Series cast summary:
Kevin O'Connor ...
 Himself - Host 331 episodes, 2003-2017
Norm Abram ...
 Himself - Master Carpenter 268 episodes, 1990-2017
Richard Trethewey ...
 Himself - Plumbing and Heating Expert 268 episodes, 1990-2017
Tom Silva ...
 Himself - General Contractor 267 episodes, 2004-2017
Roger Cook ...
 Himself - Landscape Contractor 267 episodes, 2004-2017


The host guides various participants as they repair and renovate various houses.

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Did You Know?


Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey is the second longest serving crew member of This Old House, joining the show in the second season. Originally his father, Ron Trethewey, served as the show's plumber, however Ron disliked being in front of the camera and asked Richard to take over the job. In recent years Richard's own sons, Evan and Ross, have made appearances on the show. See more »


Spoofed in Good Eats: For Whom the Cheese Melts (2000) See more »


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An American Institution
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I grew up watching this and I STILL watch it. One of the best things about This Old House is that it has changed very little since it first aired in 1979 (other than the occasional new host). When Bob Vila left, I was pretty disappointed because he WAS This Old House, but after I warmed up to Steve, I could see that it didn't really matter, that Steve was just as good as Bob and they were still doing all kinds of cool renovation jobs on historic old houses, and that's the most important thing.

I was surprised to see in this season's premiere that Steve has now left and there is another new host (I missed the last few episodes of last season). He seems a little stiff and unsure of himself now, but I'm sure he'll relax and turn out just fine as Steve did.

It's great to see some of the older shows from the early 80s and compare the styles of then with the styles of today. It would be really interesting to see the guys go and redo a house that they did back around 1981 and bring it into the current style!

People can make sarcastic jokes and laugh all they like, but this show ROCKS!

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