Home & Garden TV Shows

About Home & Garden

The home garden television genre originally consisted of programming that was as much, if not more, about instruction as it was about entertainment. Early home improvement programs often were staged with little more than a handyman in his workshop demonstrating to viewers how to complete this or that project. Eventually, again like the food genre, home and garden television began to incorporate entertainment value, and the genre made its way to niche cable networks, where it picked up the influences of reality television.

The home genre achieved large-scale popularity in the 1980s with the rise of This Old House on PBS. Although it contained some elements of instruction, the show was primarily concerned with entertainment as it presented cutting-edge building technologies and documented the process of home renovation. Along with programs like The Victory Garden, which debuted in 1975 and was the first national gardening program on American TV, This Old House made PBS the center of the home and garden genre.

Home and Garden TV, a cable network that would eventually come to be known simply as HGTV, went on the air in 1994. From its debut, HGTV produced a full schedule of original home and garden programming, and in the beginning the programming was much like the broadcast-network programs that had come before, mostly focused on do-it-yourself instruction for homeowners and gardeners. Later programming, however, owed more to reality TV, as shows such as House Hunters and Designed to Sell followed home buyers and homeowners through their searches for new homes and design makeovers of the homes they already owned.

Hybrids of the home improvement show and game shows surfaced, too. Staged competitions in these shows feature contestants working through construction and design projects, with the winner of the competition ultimately having a shot at hosting his or her own show.

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Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
House Hunters
House Hunters
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Income Property
Income Property
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
I Want That
I Want That
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
My First Place
My First Place
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Man Caves
Man Caves
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Color Splash
Color Splash
Unhinged
Unhinged
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Pool Master
Pool Master
Framework
Framework
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Garage Mahal
Garage Mahal
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
Grand Designs Revisited
Grand Designs Revisited
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
The Amandas
The Amandas
Flipped Off
Flipped Off
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
reZONED
reZONED
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Staged to Perfection
Staged to Perfection
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Log Heads
Log Heads
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
Best of Property Brothers
Best of Property Brothers
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip
Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip
My Big Amazing Renovation
My Big Amazing Renovation
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Get It Sold
Get It Sold
My House Is Worth What?
My House Is Worth What?
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
Red Hot and Green
Red Hot and Green
Man Land
Man Land
Rate My Space
Rate My Space
Myles of Style
Myles of Style
The Stagers
The Stagers
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!