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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Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
House Hunters
House Hunters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Grand Designs Revisited
Grand Designs Revisited
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
Home & Family
Home & Family
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Making It Modern
Making It Modern
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Dig In
Dig In
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Dream House
Dream House
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
I Want That
I Want That
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Stone Age
Stone Age
Love It or List It Vancouver
Love It or List It Vancouver
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Income Property
Income Property
Sell This House
Sell This House
Deserving Design
Deserving Design
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
Garage Mahal
Garage Mahal
A Place by the Sea
A Place by the Sea
Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Live
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Garden Secrets
Garden Secrets
Yardcore
Yardcore
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
reZONED
reZONED
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Live Here, Buy This
Live Here, Buy This
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Log Heads
Log Heads
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun
A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Ellen's Design Challenge
Ellen's Design Challenge
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Pool Master
Pool Master
Framework
Framework
Lake Life
Lake Life
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
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
Building Green
Building Green
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Red Hot and Green
Red Hot and Green
Man Land
Man Land
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
My First Place
My First Place
Rate My Space
Rate My Space
Myles of Style
Myles of Style
The Stagers
The Stagers
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Color Splash
Color Splash