If there's one place people are always honest, it's the internet. And if there's one website where people are always brutally honest, it's Reddit, the so-called "front page of the internet" where the anonymity of pseudonyms combined with "subreddits" on everything from shower thoughts to creates a heady truth serum. Which is why it's not surprising that a recent
thread complaint-fest kicked off with the statement, "I love HGTV but..." Here are the trends viewers say they hate the most and wish would go away.
The comment that started the Reddit thread in question began with a gripe about Chip and Joanna Gaines's insanely popular show. "Fixer Upper [is] on way too much," wrote a viewer who goes by the username . "It might as well be called the Fixer Upper channel [because] it's either that or Property Brothers. I hate that they call House Hunters their 'most addictive' show, but it's rarely on."
If you ask the fans, HGTV designers could stand to shake things up a bit. "All the Fixer Upper houses look the same," complained Grrarrggh, while another user by the screen name hoopzndabz bemoaned Property Brothers' use of "the same boring gray modern design on every home."
" makes me cringe because in every episode I've seen so far [host Ken Corsini] has been super effusive about how 'The neighborhood is gentrifying!'" wrote ReginaldStarfire.
Pictured: A November 2017 protest over gentrification in Denver, Colorado.
Last spring, viewers called out House Hunters for featuring homebuyer budgets that far exceed the median price of new homes sold in the U.S. ($318,700 ) and Redditors say costs quoted on HGTV renovation shows are equally out of touch. "It's pretty easy to tell that any of the ones with an 'HGTV designer' [have] made-up numbers...their claimed budget would cover about 50-65 percent of their renovations," in an older thread. More recent comments echo the sentiment, but say Good Bones is the exception: "Their profit margins and costs are a lot more authentic than other shows," said user 42JP82.
Paige Davis, host of TLC's Trading Spaces, caught slack earlier this month for throwing shade at Joanna Gaines's signature shiplap, but HGTV.com managing editor Kayla Kitts was ready to last year.