A homeowner is lured away for a weekend while someone else (usually a spouse) helps a crew redecorate a room or yard as a surprise.




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 Himself - Host (56 episodes, 2002-2006)
 Herself - Designer (29 episodes, 2004-2006)


The "While You Were Out" crew conspire with one member of a household to get their spouse/partner/roommate out of the way so that they can perform a 48-hour makeover on a room or outdoor area. They also trail the party who is away, asking all sorts of questions. The person at home then has a chance to win prizes--which integrate into the new design--for correctly guessing how their spouse/partner/roommate answered. Written by Kevin Stanford

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Designer: Why do we always wait until the very last minute to do the painting? It's like, "They're pulling up the drive-way, pull out the stain!"
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One of the most interesting and entertaining shows on cable
16 March 2004 | by (Pgh) – See all my reviews

I like While You Were Out. I like it more than I ever liked Trading Spaces, What Not to Wear, and any other reality show or show in general on TLC.

It's better for a number of reasons. Some of them being that it focuses on one room for the entire show, the host whether it's Evan or Theresa, the carpenters, mainly Andrew and Leslie, and the fact that its a surprise for a loved person.

I think that the dry humor, the banter, the interaction with the home-owner, the end result, the prizes, and goofing around is just plain fun television. The innovative designs are a far cry from the cheap looking designs on Trading Spaces. Everything about the show is what makes reality home improvement shows some of the best television that is out right now.

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