The staff of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, led by Buddy Valastro, shows how it prepares elaborate themed cakes for various occasions. Each episode typically features the ... See full summary »
Two fashion stylists and a team of hair and makeup advisors help revamp the look of individuals who have been nominated by their friends for makeovers due to their lamentable appearance, using a $5,000 budget.
A family that has faced hardship has their dilapidated house completely rebuilt while they are away on vacation for a week. While early episodes renovated houses, the usual approach is to tear down the house on the first day and build a brand new, usually much larger, one, fully furnished. The houses are customized to the families, with rooms reflecting the interests of, especially, the children, and special technology for any unusual medical conditions. Host Ty Pennington usually has a "secret" project which is only revealed when the family sees it. The construction is accomplished with the help of a large army of blue-shirted volunteers and a wide array of sponsor-donated products and services. Written by
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What a fantastic show! It makes you laugh, makes you cry, and gives you hope that there are still people out there who are willing to work their socks off to give to other people. It makes one believe that perhaps the world isn't so full of cold, selfish people out to please themselves. It really makes me feel good inside to see how happy the people on the receiving end are, and it's also wonderful to see that the men don't feel they have to be "manly" or "butch", and have no qualms about crying on camera, to be seen by heaven knows how many people.
The fact the team go to such lengths to make the house the best it possibly could be, tailored to the family, is amazing. Imagine if you were on the receiving end, how ecstatic would you feel? Imagine your joy, and then you may be able to imagine just how the families helped by ABC and the EM:HE team feel. Their lives have been turned around, picked up, and there are much fewer things for them to worry about.
I know a lot of people have issues with this show, that they feel it is base and demeaning, and the people on it are undeserving. The people they feature are needy in different ways, and just because they aren't destitute and living on the street doesn't make them any less deserving. The fact the team have worked to make houses safer for residents to live in (such as the girl allergic to sunlight) proves in my mind that this is much more than just a reality TV programme. This is life-changing, and absolutely stunning.
In my opinion, this show is one of the most heart-warming reality TV shows I've come across, and I think there should be more! Helping people who need it, changing their lives in ways they never could have done themselves, I think that's an amazing thing. Kudos to ABC, and to the design team and the contractors who work through the night to get the house done. It's fantastic!
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