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Can two First Time Flippers turn a disaster house into a dream home? We chronicle the highs and lows of renovation as homeowners take on their very first flip. Will they make a profit? Or break the bank?

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Season 1, Episode 10

Double Trouble

Cousins Will and Mike are teaming up to flip a two-unit house as a new business venture in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They're excited for the flip, but an unexpected event leaves one cousin shorthanded with a lot more work than he bargained for.

Saturday
Jun 27
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

Flipping and Falling

Ben and his boyfriend, Will, are in a little over their heads as they try to flip a house in Pittsburgh, PA, to make quick cash. They hope to make enough of a profit to open their own bakery so they can kick-start their own dreams by creating a dream home for someone else.

Saturday
Aug 22
1am | 12c
Season 1, Episode 4

Take a Load Off

Chrissy and Eric have some big ideas for their first flip. Problem is, neither Chrissy nor Eric know for sure if these plans are even possible. They want an open concept first floor and they want to tear down an entire structure in the backyard. It's a wild ride, but they're in it for the big money.

Friday
Sep 30
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 3, Episode 8

Stilts and Stones May Break the Budget

Christine and Greg have decided to flip an enormous house by the beach in southern New Jersey. The flip starts to spiral out of control when Christine's expensive taste interferes with Greg's strict budget.

Sunday
Dec 4
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 1, Episode 10

Double Trouble

Cousins Will and Mike are teaming up to flip a two-unit house as a new business venture in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They're excited for the flip, but an unexpected event leaves one cousin shorthanded with a lot more work than he bargained for.

Tuesday
Dec 27
1pm | 12c
Season 3, Episode 3

The House of Broken Beams

Young architects Michele and her boyfriend, Kris, have decided to start their own construction and design business by flipping houses in upstate New York. While this couple may have the construction knowledge to rebuild this house right, the stress of the flip puts a strain on their relationship. Tensions run high when Michele and Kris don't see eye to eye on the importance of certain design elements of the house.

Sunday
Feb 5
3:30am | 2:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

Mistakes Lead to Breaks

Kristen and her boyfriend, Mario, decide to flip their first house together, but when their contractor unexpectedly abandons them in the middle of the project, they struggle to finish their flip on time. Tensions run high as Kristen wants to start a new career as a professional flipper, while Mario just wants to rush through the renovation and get it over with.

Sunday
Feb 19
1am | 12c
Season 4, Episode 7

Flip Flop Flippin'

Best friends Kim and Ginger are flipping their first house in beautiful Pensacola, Florida. When Ginger becomes concerned about their lack of experience, she and Kim clash over whether they should hire a professional or finish the rest of the renovations on their own.

Sunday
Feb 19
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

Hit The Brakes

Ernie and Megan are schoolteachers who have decided to flip a house in Vineland, New Jersey, during their summer vacation. While Megan wants to make this house the best it can possibly be, Ernie just wants to finish the flip and hopefully put some money in their pockets. With time and money running out, Ernie becomes increasingly frustrated with his wife's elaborate renovation plans and the fact that he has to do all the work.

Sunday
Feb 26
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 3, Episode 10

Never Flip With Family

Aspiring professional house flipper Kay convinces her younger cousin, Arniece, to help her flip a three-story townhouse in Philadelphia. Arniece reluctantly agrees to partner with her enthusiastic cousin and soon finds she has to take charge of the project after Kay makes it clear she has no idea how to renovate a house.

Thursday
Mar 2
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 12

No Use Crying Over Spilt Paint

Orlando, FL, couple Marissa and Johan have decided to flip their first house. But the deeper they get into their renovations, the more they realize they might not be able to pull off this flip. Johan claims to have extensive home renovation experience, but Marissa soon realizes that he isn't as skilled as he says and it's up to her to figure out a way to get a grip on a flip that has spiraled out of control.

Thursday
Mar 2
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 2, Episode 9

Side by Siding

Jean and her niece, Elizabeth, have worked together for years as land surveyors, and they have decided that their teamwork is strong enough to tackle their first house flip in Johnsburg, Illinois. While they start out optimistic, they realize they might have bitten off more than they can chew by flipping a house and a small cottage on the same lot. As things continue to go wrong at every turn, these ladies begin to doubt if they will ever finish their project.

Sunday
Jun 11
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 4, Episode 8

Going Against the Grain

Design-savvy Shayla enlists her mom, Michelle, to help her with some of the heavy lifting on her first flip in Meeker, Oklahoma. But the deeper this mother-daughter team gets into the renovation, the more Shayla realizes that her vision for the house may not become a reality.

Sunday
Jul 2
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 3

Flip-cation

A West Coast couple attempts a four-week flip while on vacation in her hometown of Perry, New York. As the end of their trip approaches, he wants to find contractors to finish the house when they're back home, but she worries that they won't find anyone who can see her vision through to completion.

Saturday
Jun 23
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 7, Episode 5

Slow and Unsteady

A quick two-month flip is delayed fivefold when unforeseen structural issues are discovered during demo. Under the gun, the couple's priorities split when she decides to focus on intricate salvage projects while he's left with some major undertakings.

Saturday
Jun 23
10pm | 9c
Season 7, Episode 7

Momma Knows Best

A college student enlists the help of her mother while flipping a house in Connecticut for money to pay for her tuition. The duo feels optimistic after a strong start attempting most projects themselves to save money. The young student is a little less enthused by the job as their schedule presses on, however, leaving her hard-working mother worried her daughter's social life will distract her from pulling her weight in the project.

Saturday
Jun 23
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 7, Episode 9

On a Limb

A woman in Milford, CT, begins to worry when her husband's haphazard renovation methods take their flip off the rails. She's worried about the quality of the job and knows taking back control of the construction is the only way to carry them through.

Saturday
Jun 23
11pm | 10c
Season 7, Episode 11

Rebuilder's Remorse

A husband recruits the help of his wife to flip their first home in Grand Forks, ND. She loves demo but things get tricky when it comes time for rebuild. He realizes he might not have the best partner to navigate the waters of the rebuild process as the North Dakota winter approaches.

Saturday
Jun 23
11:30pm | 10:30c
Season 7, Episode 3

Flip-cation

A West Coast couple attempts a four-week flip while on vacation in her hometown of Perry, New York. As the end of their trip approaches, he wants to find contractors to finish the house when they're back home, but she worries that they won't find anyone who can see her vision through to completion.

Sunday
Jun 24
12:30am | 11:30c
Season 7, Episode 5

Slow and Unsteady

A quick two-month flip is delayed fivefold when unforeseen structural issues are discovered during demo. Under the gun, the couple's priorities split when she decides to focus on intricate salvage projects while he's left with some major undertakings.

Sunday
Jun 24
1am | 12c
Season 7, Episode 7

Momma Knows Best

A college student enlists the help of her mother while flipping a house in Connecticut for money to pay for her tuition. The duo feels optimistic after a strong start attempting most projects themselves to save money. The young student is a little less enthused by the job as their schedule presses on, however, leaving her hard-working mother worried her daughter's social life will distract her from pulling her weight in the project.

Sunday
Jun 24
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 9

On a Limb

A woman in Milford, CT, begins to worry when her husband's haphazard renovation methods take their flip off the rails. She's worried about the quality of the job and knows taking back control of the construction is the only way to carry them through.

Sunday
Jun 24
2am | 1c
Season 7, Episode 11

Rebuilder's Remorse

A husband recruits the help of his wife to flip their first home in Grand Forks, ND. She loves demo but things get tricky when it comes time for rebuild. He realizes he might not have the best partner to navigate the waters of the rebuild process as the North Dakota winter approaches.

Sunday
Jun 24
2:30am | 1:30c
Season 8, Episode 5

Batter Up!

A SWAT expert breaks out the force's battering ram for his and his girlfriend's first flip in West Palm Beach, Florida. They're off to a great start with the big guns, but it's the small tools that give them the most trouble. Poor measurements lead to wasted time on simple projects, threatening their tight schedule.

Saturday
Jun 30
7pm | 6c
Season 8, Episode 4

Light at the End of the Flip

A married couple starts on what they believe will be the perfect flip in Rochester, New York. But one partner's meticulous nature leads the couple to move at a pace so slow it could jeopardize their two-month schedule, while the other's sense of urgency induces stress over the timeline. These flippers soon realize that the only way they may finish this flip is to divide and conquer on their own terms.

Saturday
Jun 30
7:30pm | 6:30c
Season 8, Episode 9

Flipping Over Cabinets

A daughter enlists her mom as her partner for a flip in East Tennessee. They have big hopes for the renovation but their methods clash when the daughter wants to move through projects quickly and just "eyeball it" instead of following her mother's more tried-and-true methods. These flippers will have to find a balance if they want to make it out of this flip together.

Saturday
Jun 30
9pm | 8c

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