Home & Garden TV Shows

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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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Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Income Property
Income Property
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
I Want That
I Want That
House Hunters
House Hunters
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Sell This House
Sell This House
My First Place
My First Place
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Color Splash
Color Splash
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
The Antonio Treatment
The Antonio Treatment
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Celebrity Home Raiders
Celebrity Home Raiders
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Kids In The Garden
Kids In The Garden
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
Selling London
Selling London
Special Spaces
Special Spaces
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Summer Celebrations
Summer Celebrations
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
A Place in the Sun Down Under
A Place in the Sun Down Under
The Stagers
The Stagers
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Home by Novogratz
Home by Novogratz
House Hunters on Vacation
House Hunters on Vacation
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
HGTV Holidays
HGTV Holidays
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Todd Oldham Handmade Modern
Todd Oldham Handmade Modern
Home Strange Home
Home Strange Home
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
reZONED
reZONED
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Simplify Your Life
Simplify Your Life
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Man Caves
Man Caves
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
From Martha's Home
From Martha's Home
Family Under Construction
Family Under Construction
Celebrity House Hunting
Celebrity House Hunting
Flipped Off
Flipped Off
Who's Been Sleeping In My House?
Who's Been Sleeping In My House?
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Yardcore
Yardcore
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Howdini Home & Garden
Howdini Home & Garden
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Halloween Celebration
Halloween Celebration
Bid & Destroy
Bid & Destroy