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.

About This Genre
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
House Hunters
House Hunters
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Income Property
Income Property
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Sell This House
Sell This House
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Beach Flip
Beach Flip
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Home & Family
Home & Family
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
I Want That
I Want That
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Buying the Rockies
Buying the Rockies
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
House Hunters International:  Best of Mexico
House Hunters International: Best of Mexico
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
American Rehab: Detroit
American Rehab: Detroit
We're Moving In
We're Moving In
Color Splash
Color Splash
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
Outback Nation
Outback Nation
Dream House
Dream House
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
My First Place
My First Place
Man Caves
Man Caves
Carter Can
Carter Can
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Framework
Framework
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
Myles of Style
Myles of Style
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Relocation, Relocation
Relocation, Relocation
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
HGTV Specials
HGTV Specials
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
The Amandas
The Amandas
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Bid & Destroy
Bid & Destroy
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
House Hunters International:  Best of Denmark
House Hunters International: Best of Denmark
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge
Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge
A Sale Of Two Cities
A Sale Of Two Cities
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
The Antonio Treatment
The Antonio Treatment
Splurge and Save
Splurge and Save
Smart Fix
Smart Fix
Home Rules
Home Rules
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Grand Designs
Grand Designs