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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House Hunters
House Hunters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Sell This House
Sell This House
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
I Want That
I Want That
Stone Age
Stone Age
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Income Property
Income Property
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
House vs. House
House vs. House
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
reZONED
reZONED
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
The Stagers
The Stagers
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Man Caves
Man Caves
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Color Splash
Color Splash
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Yardcore
Yardcore
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
My Favorite Place
My Favorite Place
Family Under Construction
Family Under Construction
Howdini
Howdini
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
HGTV Holidays
HGTV Holidays
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Grand Designs Abroad
Grand Designs Abroad
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Selling London
Selling London
Interiors Inc.
Interiors Inc.
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Beat the House
Beat the House
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Garage Mahal
Garage Mahal
The Guerilla Gardener
The Guerilla Gardener
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
My First Place
My First Place
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
The Great Italian Escape
The Great Italian Escape
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown