8 Business-Based TV Shows Every Entrepreneur Should Watch

Here are eight business-based reality TV shows that will get your entrepreneurial motor running.

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Photo: Hannah Becker, Founder and Consultant at HCB Consulting; Source: Courtesy Photo

Television: a vice, a pleasure, an educational platform. T.V. has been called a lot of things, but regardless of your stance on this guilty pleasure, we all can agree to its power of relaxation after a long day of burning the candle at both ends.

Even super-charged entrepreneurs need a chill-break every now and again, and what better way to kick back and relax, than some “Tube Time”?! Here are eight fantastic shows that will get your entrepreneurial motor running:


Fixer Upper, HGTV

Chip (@chippergaines) and Joanna Gaines (@themagnoliamom) are one of my all-time favorite entrepreneur couples. Juggling multiple businesses, a marriage, a farm, and four kids, these two experienced entrepreneurs epitomize the many benefits that can come from a husband-wife business team. Coupling their complementary skills, both Chip and Joanna do a fabulous job of taking one person’s dilapidated old house, and turning it into another persons knockout dream home. Being married to your business partner can not only “work”, but it can be fabulous! Fixer Upper is a must watch for young entrepreneurial couples!



Undercover Boss, CBS

As a small business owner, it’s easy to become single-minded in terms of company strategy, culture, and branding. Undercover Boss (@undercover_cbs) lets company leaders walk in the shoes of their lowest paid employees. While watching an Ivy League educated CEO scrub toilets in and of itself can be quite entertaining, great insight is often shared as they return to the boardroom with a much more “relevant” direction. Shareholder value may no longer be the sole driver for management decisions in the future of these spotlighted companies!


Duck Dynasty, A&E

And just when you thought your family was quirky … Duck Dynasty (@duckdynastyae) is a great example of how the American Dream can become reality—even in the recession-ridden bayous of Louisiana. Manufacturing duck calls (right here in the U.S. of A.) proves to be a family effort. The family run business tackles prioritizing founder morals and religious beliefs, while giving back to their local community. The Robertson family reminds us all that the rewards of capitalism are well worth the effort. The show illustrates the unique culture that often accompanies family-owned businesses, and is just down right hilarious.

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