The number of real-estate-themed shows on cable TV is too large to count, with many have a large and loyal following.

The Sun Gazette asked some local real estate experts which shows they think are most helpful to prospective home buyers and sellers, and which is their personal favorite.

Here are their thoughts:

Joan Stansfield, Keller Williams: Of all the real-estate-themed T.V. shows, I think “Love it or List it” may be one of the best to educate sellers. They offer an approach that few homeowners can fathom, and with their objective, professional consultation, sellers can realize and weigh all the options and costs before them – whether to renovate their current home, or if it’s really time to move. For buyers, “Property Virgins” does a good job guiding buyers through the full, often emotional process of finding, buying and negotiating to close. My favorite shows are “Rebab Addict” and “Fixer Upper.”

David Howell, McEnearney Associates: Although they’re all entertaining, I think most helpful are those that show how a home can be transformed. Showing a great bathroom or kitchen renovation, or how a backyard can become a wonderful outdoor entertaining area can show buyers and sellers some great ideas about a home’s potential. I especially enjoy “Property Brothers” and “Rehab Addict,” as well as “Crash My Yard.”  I learn something new almost every time I look at one of these shows. What they often lack, however, is a real view of the cost of such renovations. Although there is an undeniable voyeuristic and fun quality to the house-finding shows, I don’t think they are very helpful to a home buyer or seller.

Natalie Roy, Keller Williams: Many real estate shows are fun and entertaining. However, they are off the charts in terms of resembling real life. Who can get a kitchen totally renovated with high-end appliances for $10K around here? Who can get a house gutted and totally remodeled for $90K? If you can, please send me the name of your contractor ASAP. That said, these shows inspire people and foster creativity. I watch these shows to get ideas about the latest trends, hot paint colors, staging and spacing tips, home renovation advice. “Million Dollar Listings L.A.” is one of my favorites.

Dee Murphy, Long & Foster: My favorite is the one about first-time home buyers. I think the shows have a huge impact on the consumers and they are received well by the public. The majority of my clients make a comment about the shows. They can educate the public. The way houses are staged in those shows, the public sees that and understands the value.

Jack Shafran, Yeonas and Shafran Real Estate: I watch some of them and they make me laugh a lot, because they are not realistic. But I do like some, like “Buying Alaska” and buying at the beach (Beachfront Bargain Hunt)  because you learn about a different market outside of this area.

Casey Samson, Samson Properties: Sell This House” takes homes that are not selling because of their horrible condition. Paint, carpet and decluttering puts homes back in sellable condition. It has some great tips for home sellers.

Dawn Wilson, Keller Williams: “I think it’s T.V. and a lot of things are created for a lot of drama so people will watch. I do like that international house-hunters show, because we can see what other types of homes are out there and available.

John Mentis, Long & Foster: I don’t like any of them. In general, they paint an unrealistic picture of what buying and selling is about, and what the job of a real estate agent is about. Those shows are more about entertainment than education.

Karen Briscoe, Huckaby, Briscoe, Conroy Realty Group: They are mostly helpful, because they give people more of an awareness. But those shows do make things look too easy, and that isn’t the case. They can set the public up for expectations that are not realistic.

Karen Close, Century 21: I don’t have a favorite. Those T.V. shows and the information about real estate on the Internet is all very helpful to a degree. I don’t think those shows are harmful, but you have to understand there are things they don’t show. They tend to show a lot of the positives and upsides. But there are downsides that aren’t shown.

Billy Buck, Buck & Associates: I don’t watch any of them. I don’t have time and I get impatient with the Hollywood aspect. It’s entertainment, silly and not reality. If anything good comes out of them, it’s for staging purposes, so sellers know what they have to do to sell a house. There is some value there.

Donna Moseley, TTR Sotheby’s: I don’t watch them. But what I hear from clients is they find them very entertaining and can create excitement for buyers and sellers. What I see is the shows can educate the public about why it is important to take care of your home if you are planning to buy or sell.

Eric Ritland, American Realty Group: I do not have a favorite, but I think they create so much excitement about real estate. It’s always a good thing to have enthusiasm about building and architecture.

Mark Middendorf, Long & Foster: The shows are a lot about show and they are not realistic. The good thing, is they make sellers realize what they need to do to put their property on the market.

Steve Wydler, Long & Foster: I don’t have a favorite, but I think they are a net positive. They educate the consumer as far as staging their property cosmetically and with artwork, and to take care of the handyman items that are so important when selling a house.

Betsy Twigg, McEnearney Associates: Those shows are not realistic. They have to be happy, happy, bubbly, blubbly. The one thing they do is show sellers that they really have to shape up their house to get top dollars.

Dean Yeonas, Yeonas and Shafran Real Estate: They are a little sensational, but I really don’t watch them. I don’t want to watch the same thing I do everyday. I have a show doing that – it just doesn’t get filmed.

Craig Mastrangelo, Re/Max Allegiance: My preference typically is not for shows catering to homeowners or future homeowners. I like shows like “Million Dollar Listing.” While these shows focus on Realtors trying to sell homes, I feel the show’s producers do a good job of highlighting homes that are unique to that area of the country; thus not the same architecture I have become accustomed to. So for me, I find the brownstones of Brooklyn or the one-story glass houses of Los Angeles a welcome distraction. Plus, it is interesting to see what homes are selling for in these regions.