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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Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Sell This House
Sell This House
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
House Hunters
House Hunters
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Income Property
Income Property
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
I Want That
I Want That
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
reZONED
reZONED
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
Stone Age
Stone Age
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
House vs. House
House vs. House
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Color Splash
Color Splash
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Yardcore
Yardcore
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
My Favorite Place
My Favorite Place
House Hunters on Vacation
House Hunters on Vacation
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Interiors Inc.
Interiors Inc.
From Martha's Garden
From Martha's Garden
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
The Great Italian Escape
The Great Italian Escape
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Howdini
Howdini
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
Pool Master
Pool Master
The Guerilla Gardener
The Guerilla Gardener
Man Caves
Man Caves
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Garage Mahal
Garage Mahal
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
House Hunters International:  Best of France
House Hunters International: Best of France
Mansion Hunters
Mansion Hunters
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Simplify Your Life
Simplify Your Life
DIY Network's Best Landscaping Makeovers
DIY Network's Best Landscaping Makeovers
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation