TV SHOWS FILMED IN WACO
- Fixer Upper. HGTV, five seasons, 2013 – 2018. The series starred Chip and Joanna Gaines, who worked with homebuyers to turn dilapidated houses into dream homes, featuring Joanna’s “modern farmhouse” style. Filmed in the Waco area, this show became the highest-rated show in the network’s history, with 3.4 million viewers per episode.
- Fixer Upper: Behind the Design. HGTV, 2018. Two seasons. Starring Chip and Joanna Gaines.
- Wood Work. DIY network, first season, 2017. Starring Clint and Kelly Harp.
- The Disappearance of Maura Murray. September, 2017. Two episodes, television series.
- No Reservations. Travel Channel, 2008. Starring Anthony Bourdain. Plot: After spending all day at the Ted Nugent Ranch listening to rock ‘n’ roll and riding ATVs, Tony and Ted head to a local BBQ brisket joint (Rusty Star BBQ) for some grub.
- Texas Cheer Moms. The Learning Channel, 2006. Filmed at Midway High School.
- Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments, 2004. Filmed at Ted’s ranch outside Waco.
- Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, 2004. Reality show starring Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson.
FILMS SHOT IN WACO*
- Friday’s Child. A.J. Edwards. Magnolia Pictures, 2018
- The Tree of Life. Terrence Malick. Fox Searchlight, 2011. Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. Nominated for three Academy Awards.
- Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Dir. Nathan Frankowski. Rocky Mountain Pictures, 2008. Documentary. Starring Ben Stein.
- Where the Heart Is. Matt Williams. Twentieth Century Fox, 2000. Starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing, and Joan Cusack.
- Waco: The Rules of Engagement. William Gazecki. Journeyman Pictures, 1997. Documentary. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Documentary.
*Focusing on those with a distributor.
FILMS AND TV SHOWS ABOUT WACO
- Waco. Dir. John Erick Dowdle and Dennie Gordon. Six part TV miniseries on Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV) starring Taylor Kitsch, Michael Shannon. The Weinstein Company, 2018.
- What About Waco. Dir. Chris Charles Scott. This 2017 documentary looks at five pivotal moments in the city of Waco’s history: the construction of the Suspension Bridge; the Reservation, a district of legal prostitution; the 1916 Jesse Washington public lynching; the World War I training camp named Camp MacArthur; and the 1953 Waco tornado.