Home & Garden TV Shows

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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
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
I Want That
I Want That
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
House Hunters
House Hunters
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Color Splash
Color Splash
reZONED
reZONED
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Pool Master
Pool Master
Man Caves
Man Caves
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
Yardcore
Yardcore
My First Place
My First Place
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Interiors Inc.
Interiors Inc.
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Grand Designs Abroad
Grand Designs Abroad
HGTV Holidays
HGTV Holidays
Bryk House
Bryk House
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Epic Homes
Epic Homes
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Deserving Design
Deserving Design
Mansion Hunters
Mansion Hunters
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
Stone Age
Stone Age
A Place by the Sea
A Place by the Sea
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Celebrity Home Raiders
Celebrity Home Raiders
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Family Under Construction
Family Under Construction
From Martha's Home
From Martha's Home
Home Strange Home
Home Strange Home
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas