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
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
House Hunters
House Hunters
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Stone Age
Stone Age
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Sell This House
Sell This House
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
I Want That
I Want That
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
Income Property
Income Property
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Color Splash
Color Splash
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
reZONED
reZONED
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Man Caves
Man Caves
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Dream House
Dream House
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Selling London
Selling London
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
My First Place
My First Place
Man Land
Man Land
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Yardcore
Yardcore
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Grand Designs Abroad
Grand Designs Abroad
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
Interiors Inc.
Interiors Inc.
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
HGTV TV Sampler
HGTV TV Sampler
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
House Hunters:  Best of the Midwest
House Hunters: Best of the Midwest
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV Holidays
HGTV Holidays
The Great Italian Escape
The Great Italian Escape
Best of House Hunters: First Time Buyers
Best of House Hunters: First Time Buyers
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
Garage Mahal
Garage Mahal
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
The Guerilla Gardener
The Guerilla Gardener
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
Howdini
Howdini
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block