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
Home & Family
Home & Family
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
House Hunters
House Hunters
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Man Caves
Man Caves
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
HGTV's Bedroom & Bathroom Makeovers
HGTV's Bedroom & Bathroom Makeovers
Ellen's Design Challenge
Ellen's Design Challenge
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
I Want That
I Want That
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
My First Place
My First Place
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Color Splash
Color Splash
Home Rules
Home Rules
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
Love It or List It Vancouver
Love It or List It Vancouver
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
The Pool Master
The Pool Master
Lake Life
Lake Life
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Outback Nation
Outback Nation
Waterfront House Hunting
Waterfront House Hunting
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Selling London
Selling London
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
From Martha's Garden
From Martha's Garden
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Renovation Raiders
Renovation Raiders
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
House Hunters International:  Best of Mexico
House Hunters International: Best of Mexico
Pool Master
Pool Master
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
House Hunters: Best of the Northwest
House Hunters: Best of the Northwest
House Hunters:  Best of Florida
House Hunters: Best of Florida
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
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
Rate My Space
Rate My Space