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'Fixer Upper': 5 reasons we love Chip and Joanna

I have a confession to make: I may be obsessed with Fixer Upper. It has nothing to do with my affinity for renovation shows or the desire to take an old barn door and make it into a table. That’s not the case at all.

Have you ever watched a reality show on television and thought, “I could be friends with them”? That’s positively how I feel about Chip and Joanna Gaines. Since Coach and Tami Taylor are no longer on the small screen living it up on the football field (Texas forever), Chip and Joanna slipped neatly into the vacant slot of a married couple who display major relationship goals. In a word? They are adorable.

Here are five reasons you should be tuning in to Fixer Upper Tuesday nights on HGTV:

You Go, JoJo
Joanna Gaines knows what she’s doing. After three seasons of renovation reality, I’m still impressed that she can manage to take different tastes from all walks of life and create something beautiful. She has the ability to walk into a less than stellar environment and envision endless possibilities. Her client wants a beach house in the middle of Waco, which is nowhere near a beach? No problem. She simply visits the local antiques store and purchases a few oars and seashells, and it all makes sense. The woman is talented.

It’s Demo Day!
Of course, Joanna’s designs are only as good as her home builder’s experience. It’s a good thing she’s married to the guy whose job it is to make sure the vision comes to fruition. Chip Gaines is a breath of fresh air. He’s energetic, he’s a hopeless comedian, and he fulfills every day with what can only be described as joy. He works hard. He plays hard. And he loves his wife more than anything.

All You Need Is Love
One of the sweetest things about Fixer Upper is Chip and Joanna’s affection for each other. Just when you think Chip is about to go one step too far, he makes her laugh. The same goes for Joanna. She can change her mind on a design, setting Chip back in his schedule. But instead of complaining, like I imagine most of us would, he praises her for not settling. They constantly affirm each other with words of adoration. The best part is that they affirm their children, too. The four Gaines kids are just as much a part of the experience as their parents. They understand the family business, and are always proud to bring Mama cupcakes when she’s putting the finishing touches on each house.

Oh Happy Day
The families that receive service from Chip and Joanna on Fixer Upper genuinely seem ecstatic with each reveal. They are in constant awe at the renovation, and many succumb to tears. It’s no wonder that almost everyone I know is seriously considering moving to Waco so we can be transformed by Chip and Joanna.

This Guy
Here’s another reason I need to move. Say hello to Waco’s most eligible bachelor:

Fixer Upper

Okay. Who’s with me? Who wants to be friends with Chip and JoJo? And who wants to meet the eligible bachelor? If you need me, I’ll be stalking these three.

Fixer Upper airs Tuesdays at 9/8C on HGTV.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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