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
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
House Hunters
House Hunters
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Sell This House
Sell This House
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Color Splash
Color Splash
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Dig In
Dig In
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Pool Master
Pool Master
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Man Caves
Man Caves
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
I Want That
I Want That
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Dream House
Dream House
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
The Guerilla Gardener
The Guerilla Gardener
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Hotel Amazon
Hotel Amazon
Outback Nation
Outback Nation
My First Place
My First Place
Unhinged
Unhinged
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
Garage Mahal
Garage Mahal
Howdini
Howdini
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Best of Property Brothers
Best of Property Brothers
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Income Property
Income Property
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Grand Designs Revisited
Grand Designs Revisited
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Flipped Off
Flipped Off
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Selling London
Selling London
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
From Martha's Home
From Martha's Home
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
reZONED
reZONED
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Staged to Perfection
Staged to Perfection
Power Broker
Power Broker
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Stone Age
Stone Age
House Hunters:  Best of New England
House Hunters: Best of New England
Lakeside Bargain Hunt
Lakeside Bargain Hunt
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
The Pool Master
The Pool Master
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
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
Red Hot and Green
Red Hot and Green
Man Land
Man Land
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
Rate My Space
Rate My Space
Myles of Style
Myles of Style
The Stagers
The Stagers
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Real Estate Intervention
Real Estate Intervention
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Antonio Treatment
The Antonio Treatment
World's Greenest Homes
World's Greenest Homes
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
Demo Men
Demo Men
Tough As Nails
Tough As Nails
Home Rules
Home Rules
Deserving Design
Deserving Design
Carter Can
Carter Can
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
10 Grand in Your Hand
10 Grand in Your Hand
Relocation, Relocation
Relocation, Relocation
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Room for Improvement (UK)
Room for Improvement (UK)
Disaster House
Disaster House
King of Dirt
King of Dirt
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
Real Estate Confidential
Real Estate Confidential
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
10 Killer Kitchen Projects
10 Killer Kitchen Projects
A Million Pound Place in the Sun
A Million Pound Place in the Sun
A Place by the Sea
A Place by the Sea
A Place in the Sun Down Under
A Place in the Sun Down Under
Better by Design
Better by Design
Colin & Justin's Home Heist
Colin & Justin's Home Heist
Sarah Beeny's Streets Ahead
Sarah Beeny's Streets Ahead
My Favorite Place
My Favorite Place
Room Crashers
Room Crashers
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
House Hunters on Vacation
House Hunters on Vacation
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Grand Designs Abroad
Grand Designs Abroad
Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
The Great Italian Escape
The Great Italian Escape
Home by Novogratz
Home by Novogratz
Door Knockers
Door Knockers
Hollywood Hi-Tech
Hollywood Hi-Tech
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
Interiors Inc.
Interiors Inc.
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Best of House Hunters: Going to California
Best of House Hunters: Going to California
Best of House Hunters: First Time Buyers
Best of House Hunters: First Time Buyers
Best of House Hunters: Paradise In the Panhandle
Best of House Hunters: Paradise In the Panhandle
Disaster Guy
Disaster Guy
Extreme Living
Extreme Living
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
HGTV Specials
HGTV Specials
HGTV Holidays
HGTV Holidays
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
The Amandas
The Amandas
Garden Secrets
Garden Secrets
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Celebrity House Hunting
Celebrity House Hunting
Who's Been Sleeping In My House?
Who's Been Sleeping In My House?
Restore America
Restore America
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Yardcore
Yardcore
Howdini Home & Garden
Howdini Home & Garden
Special Spaces
Special Spaces
Howdini Holidays
Howdini Holidays
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Halloween Celebration
Halloween Celebration
Bid & Destroy
Bid & Destroy
Family Under Construction
Family Under Construction
Home Strange Home
Home Strange Home
What You Get For The Money
What You Get For The Money
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Simplify Your Life
Simplify Your Life
The Perfect Surprise Party
The Perfect Surprise Party
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
Todd Oldham Handmade Modern
Todd Oldham Handmade Modern
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Bryk House
Bryk House
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Auction Agent
Auction Agent
Behind the Build: HGTV Smart Home 2013
Behind the Build: HGTV Smart Home 2013
From Martha's Garden
From Martha's Garden
Go Green!
Go Green!
Live Here, Buy This
Live Here, Buy This