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
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
House Hunters
House Hunters
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Income Property
Income Property
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Sell This House
Sell This House
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Dream House
Dream House
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Beach Flip
Beach Flip
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
I Want That
I Want That
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
The Treehouse Guys
The Treehouse Guys
Color Splash
Color Splash
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Home & Family
Home & Family
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
The Property Brothers at Home
The Property Brothers at Home
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
My First Place
My First Place
Carter Can
Carter Can
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Yardcore
Yardcore
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
The Antonio Treatment
The Antonio Treatment
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Relocation, Relocation
Relocation, Relocation
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Bid & Destroy
Bid & Destroy
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Stone Age
Stone Age
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
Framework
Framework
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge
Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge
Waterfront House Hunting
Waterfront House Hunting
A Sale Of Two Cities
A Sale Of Two Cities
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
Myles of Style
Myles of Style
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Man Caves
Man Caves
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Splurge and Save
Splurge and Save
Home Rules
Home Rules
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Room for Improvement (UK)
Room for Improvement (UK)