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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Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
House Hunters
House Hunters
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Sell This House
Sell This House
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Framework
Framework
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Color Splash
Color Splash
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
I Want That
I Want That
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Income Property
Income Property
Man Caves
Man Caves
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
My First Place
My First Place
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
The Property Brothers at Home
The Property Brothers at Home
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
American Rehab: Detroit
American Rehab: Detroit
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Stone Age
Stone Age
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Selling London
Selling London
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Howdini
Howdini
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Ultimate Treehouses
Ultimate Treehouses
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
House Hunters International:  Best of France
House Hunters International: Best of France
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Log Heads
Log Heads
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Power Broker
Power Broker
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
reZONED
reZONED
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Halloween Celebration
Halloween Celebration
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
Amish Renogades
Amish Renogades
House Hunters on Vacation
House Hunters on Vacation
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style