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.

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Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
House Hunters
House Hunters
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
HGTV Holidays
HGTV Holidays
Home & Family
Home & Family
I Want That
I Want That
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Making It Modern
Making It Modern
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Income Property
Income Property
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Man Caves
Man Caves
Dig In
Dig In
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Dream House
Dream House
HGTV Specials
HGTV Specials
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Yardcore
Yardcore
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Building Log Homes
Building Log Homes
Love It or List It Vancouver
Love It or List It Vancouver
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Framework
Framework
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
My Big Amazing Renovation
My Big Amazing Renovation
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Get It Sold
Get It Sold
My House Is Worth What?
My House Is Worth What?
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
Building Green
Building Green
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Red Hot and Green
Red Hot and Green
Man Land
Man Land
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
My First Place
My First Place
Rate My Space
Rate My Space
Myles of Style
Myles of Style
The Stagers
The Stagers
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Color Splash
Color Splash
Real Estate Intervention
Real Estate Intervention
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Antonio Treatment
The Antonio Treatment
World's Greenest Homes
World's Greenest Homes
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs