This Old House

PBS Premiered Oct 01, 1980 In Season


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This Old House

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The Emmy Award winning This Old House is the television's premier home improvement series. The show that unlocked America's passions for home, celebrates its 25th anniversary season on PBS this year. This Old House's mission is to demystify the home improvement process and to celebrate the fusion on old world craftsmanship and modern technology. Each season features two renovation projects. Project One traditionally consists of eighteen or more so episodes and is filmed in Massachusetts. Project Two is taped in a different region of the country to highlight the variety of American architectural styles and renovation issues. Additionally, the second project is generally located in a town with a mild climate where outdoor work can be undertaken in the winter months. New episodes of This Old House are broadcast exclusively on PBS. Vintage, off-network episodes of the series, entitled This Old House Classics, air on Home and Garden Television network (HGTV), Do It Yourself network (DIYnet) and on selected commercial broadcast stations around the country (Syndicated). This Old House can be seen in the UK on Discovery Home & Leisure and on Australia's Lifestyle Channel. America's favorite home improvement series just got even better. The new This Old House Hour, exclusively on PBS, starts off each week with a new episode of the latest This Old House project. The second half of the hour features the all-new series Ask This Old House, in which the crew answers questions on home improvement topics.moreless

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AIRED ON 5/28/2016

Season 36 : Episode 26


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  • Norm Abram

    Norm Abram

    Master Carpenter

    Tom Silva

    Tom Silva

    General Contractor

    Bob Vila

    Bob Vila

    Host (1980 - 1988)

    Steve Thomas

    Steve Thomas

    Host (1989 - 2003)

    Richard Trethewey

    Richard Trethewey

    Plumbing and Heating Expert

    Kevin O'Connor

    Kevin O'Connor

    Host (2003 - current)

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    • Hey want to watch an entertaining show?

      Here it is. Love this show and I am no a handy man. I do not know why there is a picture of Bob Villa there. That guy was a pompous jackass. But Norm, Tom, Kevin and Roger are great, love those guys.
    • This show was the founding father of DIY.

      I have watched This Old House since the first episode. Norm was young and thinner with no beard. Bob Vila was right out of the 70's with his thick black beard and bushy hair. They came into your home every week and showed you how to do those home repairs with great video close ups and explanations. Bob Vila was the front man but the heart and soul of the show was Norm Abram. This guy is a carpentry genius. I met him several times and he is down to earth just as he is on TOH. I have learned many tips and technics that I applied not only to my job but to my own home.moreless
    • For all the episodes ever made.

      This is one of the best shows in the world. It helps me save a lot of money. Because I do not need to hire anyone. Now I can everything on my own because you teach me everything I needed to know. If this show ever goes off air I would not know what to do. Keep doing cool episodes.
    • The current trend of DIY and home improvment shows would not exist without Ask!

      My father was a carpenter so I have literally grown up with this show. It is the original and still the best. It's a no-frills look at house renovation with real carpenters--not annoying TV personalities with bull horns. It's purpose is education, not entertainment, so that means no greased up hunks or Barbie dolls who can barely lift a sledge hammer. I love Norm and the Gang and I am glad that they have made it this long. The fact that this show is still going strong after all these years with out a "hook" shows just how good it is!!moreless
    • Classic trend setting show about how to make home improvements.

      The first hom inprovement show that I knew of. For someone to call this un-original they must be too young to realise how long this has been on the air. This is the show that built Bob Villa. If this is a show that you do not normally watch and you are sitting at home with nothing to do, you are going to wish you had it on tape. Having it "on tape" had become the generic term for recorded programs. Today you are more likely to have the show on Tivo or DVR than VHS, or god forbid Beta!! It is kind of like how a lot of people still call CD's "records" or "albums." Anyway, back to the show. This is the type of show that is really pretty good if you would just give it a chance. So on those cold, lonely, rainy days, pop in your tape or DVR or whatever if you were smart enough to tape it. If not, check to see if it is on as a re-run. After all, as they say, if you have never seen it, it is new to you.moreless

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