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
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
House Hunters
House Hunters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
I Want That
I Want That
Color Splash
Color Splash
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Framework
Framework
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Pool Master
Pool Master
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
Home & Family
Home & Family
Dream House
Dream House
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Man Caves
Man Caves
Income Property
Income Property
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Ellen's Design Challenge
Ellen's Design Challenge
The Treehouse Guys
The Treehouse Guys
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
My Big Amazing Renovation
My Big Amazing Renovation
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Howdini
Howdini
Grand Designs Revisited
Grand Designs Revisited
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
HGTV Holidays
HGTV Holidays
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Go Green!
Go Green!
House Hunters International:  Best of Asia Pacific
House Hunters International: Best of Asia Pacific
House Hunters International:  Best of France
House Hunters International: Best of France
Mansion Hunters
Mansion Hunters
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
House Hunters:  Best of Florida
House Hunters: Best of Florida
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Urban Suburban
Urban Suburban
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Selling London
Selling London
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
American Rehab: Detroit
American Rehab: Detroit
Waterfront House Hunting
Waterfront House Hunting
A Sale Of Two Cities
A Sale Of Two Cities
Get It Sold
Get It Sold
My House Is Worth What?
My House Is Worth What?
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
Building Green
Building Green
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Red Hot and Green
Red Hot and Green
Man Land
Man Land