To let you behind the curtain a little, all of the MWTVG male contributors are currently married with children. How that’s relevant is that, while we mostly talk about the shows we want to watch, we don’t always control the remote in our house.
Which brings me to one of my wife’s favorite shows – HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL. In case you are unfamiliar with the show, it follows a couple around to 3 houses as they look for their new home in some far off city they visited once or think it would be a good idea to uproot their family, say goodbye to their friends, and move.
It’s not necessarily a bad premise, but the people looking at the houses are not actors. They are just regular narcissistic people who want us to watch them as they look at houses, “look at me, I’m buying a new house, I’m awesome,”
If you have the pleasure of watching the show on a regular basis, you notice patterns develop.
The first pattern is constantly recapping what I just watched. The show starts with a brief intro about the couple and then they go to the first house. Then it’s commercial time. As they come back from commercial, the show literally spends a couple minutes showing me things about the first house. I just saw that house not 2 minutes ago, seriously do you think my attention deficit disorder is that bad that I can’t remember what I just saw 2 minutes ago? Get to the second house already.
Also, here is where I begin to question the intelligence of producers. Does anybody ever just watch TV without a DVR now? So when you DVR this show, you see the first house and then fast forward through the commercial right to a recap of the same stinking house. I feel like I’m watching DORA THE EXPLORER again, “I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the map!” Yeah, that’s gonna be in your head all day.
Another fun pattern emerges as it’s produced in such a way that the people appear somewhat stupid. Some examples of what I mean have to do with the comments the people make as they visit the house:
- Oh look, this room has a lot of windows. That will let in a lot of light.
- My, this is a really big closet. I could put a lot of clothes in here.
- Look honey, what a nice pool. That would be really good for the kids to go swimming.
All in all, it’s a 30 minute show that has about 11 minutes of actual content. But rest assured to our younger and single MWTVG brethren, someday you will get married and have to start watching some of her shows. You could do worse than having to watch this show.