Home & Garden TV Shows

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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
Sell This House
Sell This House
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Income Property
Income Property
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
I Want That
I Want That
House Hunters
House Hunters
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Color Splash
Color Splash
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
reZONED
reZONED
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Man Caves
Man Caves
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Pool Master
Pool Master
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Yardcore
Yardcore
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
My First Place
My First Place
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
Epic Homes
Epic Homes
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Bryk House
Bryk House
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Interiors Inc.
Interiors Inc.
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Stone Age
Stone Age
Deserving Design
Deserving Design
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
DIY Network's Best Landscaping Makeovers
DIY Network's Best Landscaping Makeovers
Restore America
Restore America
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Home Strange Home
Home Strange Home
Halloween Celebration
Halloween Celebration