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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Sell This House
Sell This House
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
I Want That
I Want That
Income Property
Income Property
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
House Hunters
House Hunters
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
My First Place
My First Place
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Celebrity Home Raiders
Celebrity Home Raiders
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Color Splash
Color Splash
Kids In The Garden
Kids In The Garden
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Special Spaces
Special Spaces
The Antonio Treatment
The Antonio Treatment
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Summer Celebrations
Summer Celebrations
Home by Novogratz
Home by Novogratz
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
A Place in the Sun Down Under
A Place in the Sun Down Under
House Hunters on Vacation
House Hunters on Vacation
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Colin & Justin's Home Heist
Colin & Justin's Home Heist
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Selling London
Selling London
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
HGTV Holidays
HGTV Holidays
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
The Stagers
The Stagers
Bid & Destroy
Bid & Destroy
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Family Under Construction
Family Under Construction
From Martha's Home
From Martha's Home
Home Strange Home
Home Strange Home
Man Caves
Man Caves
reZONED
reZONED
Real Estate Intervention
Real Estate Intervention
Simplify Your Life
Simplify Your Life
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
Todd Oldham Handmade Modern
Todd Oldham Handmade Modern
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
Halloween Celebration
Halloween Celebration
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
The Amandas
The Amandas
Garden Secrets
Garden Secrets
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Celebrity House Hunting
Celebrity House Hunting
Flipped Off
Flipped Off
Who's Been Sleeping In My House?
Who's Been Sleeping In My House?
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Yardcore
Yardcore
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Howdini Home & Garden
Howdini Home & Garden
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Elbow Room
Elbow Room