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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 23, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Hosted by Nate Berkus, each week two teams of professionals will compete in redesigning and renovating a space in this reality show judged by Berkus, football-player-turned-landscape architect Eddie George, and interior design expert Monica Pedersen.
  • Genre(s): Reality
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Snetiker
    Mar 18, 2014
    Host Nate Berkus grounds it all with the real families whose lives are being transformed. [21 Mar 2014, p.59]
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 20, 2014
    Not surprisingly, there’s lots of boastful bravado and sniping, but even a smidgen of originality, alas, isn’t part of the floor plan.
  3. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Mar 21, 2014
    The premise is ambitious and messily executed, as several contestants and judges are introduced without any clear metric of accomplishment or difference between the two.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 21, 2014
    Dream Builders' emotional dynamic is more attuned to Celebrity Apprentice in its nightmare blueprint of clashing egos getting in the way of a job well done.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 24, 2014
    There's nothing wrong with American Dream Builders except it feels like these design shows are becoming a TV version of Levittown.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Apr 13, 2014
    Unlike the heavy criticism so far, I actually thought this was a nice home makeover show. Perhaps because I'm a major sucker for this kind of premise. The drama every week was unnecessary though. You can't root for most of the contestants because most of them have been painted really badly by the editors (knowing how reality shows go) or maybe this pick of contestants are just an awful bunch with awful characters. The 1 week time cap on each episode is ridiculous but getting to the end where the homes are revealed is the main reason I tune in every week. The transformation is unbelievable and I loved every minute of it. In fact, seeing who has to go home each week leaves you in suspense right till the announcement because all the contestants are just really talented. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    Typical American prime time TV game show crap. The idea is an old one (see: The Block -which is great BTW) and hardly lives up to the original. I felt like I was watching a politically correct beeyotchfest (usual suspects in that area).. meh. moving right along. Expand
  3. Jun 21, 2014
    There was the hope that this would be a decent effort at a show with some integrity. The judges except for Eddie were "sophisticate" who wanted their personal style issues and typical reality show crap was great. They did not reflect a style that is functional or something working class people would agree with. Keeping Elaine on for the reality b"""ch factor was stupid. Anyone who wants a dream builder that only considers their own opinion is out of their mind. Jay won. Lowe's and NBC can forget my family watching this if it renews Expand
  4. May 25, 2014
    This show was a huge disappointment. Nate is extremely disappointing as a judge. His only internet appears to be experiencing something shocking & different. He never took into consideration, any home owners opinion to how they liked any of the renovations done. Lukas has only a "museum" style of design skills. His designs are only good to look at, but have no comfort or functionality. Jay's design took into consideration, modernizing the existing look, yet appealing to the homeowners tastes. That to me, is the skill of a true American Dream Builder. Thus show missed the mark in such an incredible way. I won't be watching it if it is renewed for another season. Expand