This Old House

This Old HouseNetwork: PBS
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: February 20, 1979 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Bob Vila, Steve Thomas, Kevin O’Connor, Norm Abram, Tom Silva, Richard Trethewey, Roger Cook, and Tedd Benson.

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TV show description:
Originally conceived as a one-time, 13-part series on the Boston PBS station WGBH, This Old House has grown into one of the most popular programs on the network.

The series follows the remodeling of houses over a number of weeks, offering building insights and tips along the way.

The series has inspired TV spin-offs like Ask This Old House, Inside This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop, as well as a popular do-it-yourself magazine.

Series Finale:     
The series is still in production.


What happened next?   
The series is still in production.


Behind the Scenes

This Old House was created by Russell Morash who had previously produced The French Chef with Julia Child and The Victory Garden for PBS. The idea for the show, the first of its kind, came to Morash while remodeling his own 1851 farmhouse.
Original host Bob Villa left the series in 1989 due to concerns over a conflict of interests once he began appearing in commercials for building products. In 1990, he began hosting a similar show, Bob Vila’s Home Again, and was a spokesman for Sears.
This Old House was the inspiration for the “show-within-a-show” Tool Time on the sitcom Home Improvement. Tim Allen played a Vila-like character and Vila guest-starred on the series as Tim’s rival. Tim’s assistant Al Borland was based on Norm Abram.

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  1. LaVerne Poston says

    I Heard on TV that you were coming to Dallas,Tx. (My hsb and I were diligent viewers of the “This Old House” show from the get go.) If you are looking for a house to work on I have one. I have lived here 44 yrs and have been widowed for 14 years after 30 yrs of marriage. Raised one adopted dtr here. Now my older widowed sister lives with me and we welcome friends, family and sometime people who are almost strangers to visit and stay over, but I’m embarrassed with some of the conditions of my house. My house is a 3bdrm brick bungalow with additions – We remodeled and added rooms in 1976. I can’t afford to move at this stage of my life and this house is paid off and comfortable for us. I have done upkeep as much as I could afford, but it does need some work, The roof had leaked for some yrs because I didn’t have the money to repair it, but just this spring due to hail damage my ins. pd for a new roof but I have other concerns: damaged sheet rock, cracks not related to leaky roof.(Had the foundation done 4-5 yrs ago) need some remodeling – and my sister’s wish is for a door to be installed going out to our patio from an office room, because inorder to get into the back yard you have to go through a big utility room with no windows,into the garage and then to the back yard. I’m 72 in very good health. I was working 4 days a wk for my bro. until this May when he died with cancer. I haven’t gone back to work but will have to eventually. I halfway support my dtr who is bipolar and I am the overseer of another deceased brother’s two adult children who are somewhat mentally challanged. Please come by to see me when you come to Dallas and I hope and pray you will consider me for your remodeling show. Sincerely, LaVerne Poston

  2. says

    I am recently divorced 5/28. I will get 1/2 of value of my Plantation home to buy a house. I have looked since 4/20 for one in Pompano Beach, fl. There is an old house 57 with original dark wood floors (4/3 with family room). It does not have kitchen cabinets or appliances. The bathrooms were redone with tile but no toilets and sinks. The windows have been replaced but need plaster around them. The family room and extra bedroom need tile. The house needs painting on the outside and inside. The air conditioner was on the roof, but I don’t think it is anymore. The house is built up 3 steps. The facial boards were never painted and wood looks very old. But there is a large tree and circular driveway in front. I would like to make an offer on the house. The list price is $129,000 but with all the work that has to be done, I would like to offer less. If you still have the series THIS OLD HOUSE and would like to film a old house in South Florida instead of ones in other states, I would like to consider buying this one. I can pay for the cabinets and flooring. But I would like for the TV series to show how this old house is transformed into a beautiful livable house. I would not have the money to fix it all myself. I would like to add a pool in the back since there is room for one and it is so hot in South Florida. Please write me back and let me know if you can tape this remodel and if I should make an offer on the house. If you do not have the TV series any more, can you send this to some of the other home improvement series and see if they would be willing to help me fix up this old house in Pompano Beach, FL I can give you the address when you contact me. Also I have pictures of the outside and through the windows. I forgot to take pictures when my realtor showed me the house.
    Thank you, Paula Kunsman

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