ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition aired from 2003 to 2012, and it made a huge dent in the hearts of people all over who watched the show religiously. I mean, it had all of the ingredients: real people, real stories, real help, and real homes! The construction crew, led by Ty Pennington, granted gorgeous new homes to people who were struggling financially. It was the perfect feel-good watch. Who doesn’t like to fantasize about landing the home of their dreams?
But was it all too good to be true? Was the show fake? The answer is yes, and no. Behind the scenes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the situation wasn’t always as joyous and exciting as it appeared onscreen. For example, the families’ financial problems didn’t just vanish when they entered their new digs. The “reality” show involved many aspects that were altered and manipulated. Although viewers enjoyed nine seasons of joy, the families dealt with inflated utility bills, upside-down mortgages, and sometimes even a broken home.