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Reality Realty: 'This Old House' earns its 'classic' status from solid construction

Reality Realty: 'This Old House' earns its 'classic' status from solid construction

Just how venerable is PBS’ “This Old House”? The home improvement show was born in 1979 — just months after Drew and Jonathan Scott, hosts of HGTV’s “Property Brothers.”

Unlike many renovation shows that ply audiences with high-octane personalities and OMG reveals, “This Old House” banks on the staid advice of four tradesmen. Hosted by Kevin O’Connor, the show tackles two or three older homes each season.

The old-school approach has won the show 18 Emmys. We reached O’Connor, who has hosted since 2003, in his 1950s saltbox home outside of Boston.

Why do viewers keep tuning in?

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