With so many of us stuck at home social distancing right now, finding something to watch is not a problem. But among the true-crime series, big cat documentaries and ’90s reruns, there’s only one show that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside (and quite possibly like things are going to be alright, after all).
The Repair Shop hasn’t had any big buzz. Instead it’s been quietly charming Netflix viewers who stumble upon the British show almost by accident. But once you’ve seen an episode, you’re hooked.
In a thatched barn in the English countryside, a team of craftspeople is hard at work repairing beloved heirlooms. It could be a raggedy doll, a busted pinball machine, a chipped teapot or a faded set of rowing oars. There’s no item too broken that won’t be cared for, and every piece has a story.
This sweet series has The British Baking Show vibes, except there’s no competition to speak of. There isn’t even mention of price once the items are repaired. Because that’s not the point. Instead, it’s just about reuniting people with their treasured pieces after they’ve been restored. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll marvel at the craftsmanship of these magicians.
Led by cheeky furniture restorer and designer Jay Blades, his team of fixers are masters at what they do. The horologist is a genius. The teddy bear ladies treat their bears as if they were patients, which is the most adorable thing ever ("This will only hurt for a minute"). Restorer—and thirst trap—Will Kirk is supremely talented yet humble. They are a kind group of fixer-uppers who treat every item with the respect it deserves.
Another reason why I love the show? We live in a throwaway culture where it’s easier to buy a new piece of furniture or item or clothing than to mend what we have. And The Repair Shop encourages us to keep hold of stuff even if it’s broken.
But here’s what it really comes down to: We’re going through an awful time right now without a clear end or fix in sight. But at The Repair Shop, things can be fixed. And that’s worth something.