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
Ellen's Design Challenge
Ellen's Design Challenge
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
House Hunters
House Hunters
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Home & Family
Home & Family
I Want That
I Want That
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Income Property
Income Property
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
My First Place
My First Place
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Tough As Nails
Tough As Nails
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Framework
Framework
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Man Caves
Man Caves
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Howdini
Howdini
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
The Amandas
The Amandas
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Power Broker
Power Broker
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
The Stagers
The Stagers
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Color Splash
Color Splash
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Sell This House
Sell This House
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
A Place by the Sea
A Place by the Sea
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Selling London
Selling London
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Kitchen Trends
Kitchen Trends
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Bryk House
Bryk House
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
From Martha's Garden
From Martha's Garden
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Log Heads
Log Heads
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
House Hunters:  Best of the Mid-Atlantic
House Hunters: Best of the Mid-Atlantic
Stone Age
Stone Age
HGTV's Bedroom & Bathroom Makeovers
HGTV's Bedroom & Bathroom Makeovers
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project