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