HGTV’s super poplar show House Hunters has made waves with a first for the network. A recent episode of House Hunters titled “Three’s Not A Crowd In Colorado Springs” follows three people who are in a polyamorous relationship, or a throuple, as they search for their dream home.
The episode follows Brian, Lori, and Geli as they search high and low for a home that works for the three of them. Brian and Lori also have two children, so the threesome definitely wants to make sure there’s plenty of space for everyone.
Finding enough space seems to be a challenge for sure. At one point, Lori is heard saying, “This is a couple’s kitchen, not a throuple’s kitchen.”
In case you’re curious, here’s the breakdown of how the relationship works.
Brian and Lori are legally married, and they are the parents of their kids. The two of them met Geli at a bar and fell in love with her, and they even had a commitment ceremony with Geli that their kids attended.
In the end, the happy trio finds a home that works for them, even if it is over budget. However, that’s not really what a lot of viewers focused on while watching the episode. Humans being humans, a lot of people wanted to know a whole lot more about the relationship between the three adults and how it really works.
Author Roxane Gay was thrilled the inclusion of the polyamorous family on HGTV. She tweeted: “Oh my god. A throuple on House Hunters. Great episode!!!! Educational.”
Roxane wasn’t the only one on Twitter who had a reaction to the family.
Another user wrote: “HGTV really might be the most progressive show on TV. About to watch a polyamory couple fight over a house! Honestly I feel like I learned a lot #HouseHunters.”
Another person added, “Literally perfect television” while yet another celebrated that HGTV is “STORMING into 2020.”
Viewers were also thrilled that HGTV really respected the couple.
“Wow, shocked that this house hunters episode not only showed a poly relationship, but they called them a throuple the whole episode and outright said the women were bisexual. Guess we gotta stan!”
In fact, if anyone was expecting a scandal to erupt over the episode, they will probably be disappointed. Of course, this doesn’t mean that HGTV is a stranger to scandal … just that this particular episode isn’t drawing a lot of ire from viewers.
A lot of scandals that have plagued the network are due to the life choices of the hosts of their shows, instead of the people who participate. For example, when Tarek and Christina El Moussa split up a few years ago, reports surfaced that the split was due to “a scary incident involving guns and a feared suicide attempt.”
Another time, Jonathan Scott, one of the brothers from Property Brothers, got into a fight at a bar and had to be dragged away. According to USA Today, “Scott and several other patrons at Dempsey’s Public House became annoyed when staff took their drinks away at closing time.”
There was also that time that a woman who was on House Hunters revealed that the show might not be that realistic. As Cosmopolitan wrote: “Jensen shared that HGTV producers didn’t like her initial plan to remodel her current home so she could rent it out and basically told her that the episode would be about her family’s desperation for more square footage instead. They also forced Jensen to buy the new house before the episode aired, and the houses they toured on the show belonged to family friends.”
It was also revealed that the super popular show Fixer Upper was also pretty fake when it started. “You have to be under contract to be on the show. They show you other homes but you already have one,” explained David Ridley, who was on season three of the show. “After they select you, they send your house to Chip and Joanna and their design team.”
And speaking of, the families on Fixer Upper don’t even get to keep the furniture on the show. Starcasm revealed: “No, the families don’t get to keep the furnishings. Every piece comes from Magnolia Market, the storefront Joanna runs in Waco, and is indeed added to the house to make it feel as cozy as possible before the new owners move in. In fact, savvy viewers have noted that bigger pieces — couches, overstuffed armchairs, dining room tables — are sometimes used in multiple episodes.”
Whew! That’s a whole lot of HGTV drama … and it probably isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. But for fans of Lori, Bob, and Geli, the show is a hit in all the ways that matter. As one user on Twitter put it: “Representation matters,” and that seems to be especially true for this episode.