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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Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Income Property
Income Property
House Hunters
House Hunters
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Sell This House
Sell This House
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
I Want That
I Want That
Color Splash
Color Splash
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
House Hunters on Vacation
House Hunters on Vacation
Special Spaces
Special Spaces
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Pool Master
Pool Master
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
My First Place
My First Place
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
The Stagers
The Stagers
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Yardcore
Yardcore
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
reZONED
reZONED
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
The Antonio Treatment
The Antonio Treatment
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
Epic Homes
Epic Homes
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Man Caves
Man Caves
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Howdini Home & Garden
Howdini Home & Garden
From Martha's Home
From Martha's Home
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Flipped Off
Flipped Off
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
A Place in the Sun Down Under
A Place in the Sun Down Under
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
Kids In The Garden
Kids In The Garden
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Celebrity House Hunting
Celebrity House Hunting
Bid & Destroy
Bid & Destroy
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Flipping San Diego
Flipping San Diego
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling