Fixer Upper is an American reality television series airing on HGTV starring Joanna and Chip Gaines,[2] based in Waco, Texas. The show's pilot aired in May 2013,[3] with the full season 1 beginning in April 2014,[4] season 2 began in January 2015,[5][6] season 3 began in December 2015, and season 4 began in November 2016. Season 5 will premiere on November 28, 2017 and will be the final season.[13][14]

Premise

Produced by Highnoon TVs producers Scott Feeley and Jim Berger, producers of the famous cooking show Cake Boss, Fixer Upper is a very popular home improvement show. Prior to "Fixer Upper," Chip and Joanna Gaines worked with clients on buying and remodeling homes. In total, the couple had worked on over 100 homes.[7] On the show, the couple starts by showing one couple three potential homes for purchase in central Texas, each of which requires a varying amount of repair or renovation. Once the couple chooses their home, Joanna designs it while Chip is the lead contractor.[8] The buyers typically have a total budget of under $200,000 with at least $30,000 in renovations.[2]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113May 23, 2013 (2013-05-23)July 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)
213January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)
318December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)March 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)
417November 29, 2016 (2016-11-29)March 28, 2017 (2017-03-28)

Spin-off

In March 2017, it was announced that Chip and Joanna Gaines would be getting a Fixer Upper spin-off series entitled Fixer Upper: Behind the Design. The half-hour show will showcase how Joanna comes up with the designs seen on Fixer Upper.[2][2]

Lawsuit

On April 27, 2017, Chip Gaines was named in a fraud lawsuit filed by former business partners. The former partners alleged that the Gaineses persuaded them to sell their interest in Magnolia Realty to him for $2,500 each without disclosing plans that had been in the works to develop the Fixer Upper reality television show.[2]

His attorney, Jordan Mayfield, told KWTX-TV, the CBS television station in Waco, Texas, “We are confident that these claims will be found to be meritless, and it is disappointing to see people try to take advantage of the hard work and success of Chip and Joanna Gaines."[2][2]