Pop Theory: Unpacking House Hunters

The Social Commentary Embedded in ‘House Hunters’ (HGTV)

The social commentary in House Hunters on HGTV is usually subtle, baked into the choices made before filming begins for each episode. Once in a while the familiar voice-over offers some sly perspective on an episode’s participants (usually highlighting how silly it is to get upset over paint color), but the social text of the show is best seen on a broader scale.

The show’s popularity and scope are hard to overstate. Whether you love the show or hate…