36 Design Shows to Watch Now

Freda A. Nix

With the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic impacting people’s daily lives and routines across the world, folks are increasingly turning inward and hunkering down for what may be several more weeks of social distancing. What better time, then, to start watching a design-focused TV series that is informative, heartwarming, and/or aesthetically pleasing? Happily, there is no shortage of design shows to choose from during this period, whether you’re more into stories about life-changing renovations or elaborate, gravity-defying feats of architecture. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most bingeable design-centric series on streaming services and cable now, with hopes that they will offer up a small respite from an exhausting news cycle. Beautiful imagery aside, these series will remind you of the importance of these places we call home.


<h1 class="title">Home</h1> <div class="caption"> This greenhouse in Sweden is featured in an episode of the new AppleTV+ show <em>Home.</em> </div> <cite class="credit">Courtesy of Apple</cite>

This greenhouse in Sweden is featured in an episode of the new AppleTV+ show Home.

Courtesy of Apple

Home, AppleTV+’s new documentary

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Watch Brad Pitt Get Choked Up With the Property Brothers on ‘Celebrity IOU’

Freda A. Nix

This whole thing hits you at weird times. Kind of like Tony Soprano and the ducks. For me, it was watching Brad Pitt, smack in the middle of the Property Brothers, having a hell of a good time demoing the shit out of a wall while wearing a newsboy cap, when I realized that we haven’t been living for a month now.

Thankfully, the rest of the debut episode of HGTV’s Celebrity IOU—where the Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott team up to give a celebrity’s friend-of-choice a home remodel of their dreams—paid back some of the humanity I’ve lost during quarantine. Last night’s premiere saw the brothers work with Brad Pitt to build his longtime makeup artist, Jean Black, a brand-new combo guest house, workspace, and storage room, in only three weeks.

Celebrity IOU delivers on every bit of Brad-branded wholesomeness you’d want, short of him jumping on

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