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
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Home & Family
Home & Family
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Go Green!
Go Green!
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Making It Modern
Making It Modern
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
I Want That
I Want That
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Grand Designs Revisited
Grand Designs Revisited
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Stone Age
Stone Age
HGTV's Kitchen Makeovers
HGTV's Kitchen Makeovers
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Man Caves
Man Caves
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Live
Superscapes
Superscapes
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Celebrity House Hunting
Celebrity House Hunting
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Epic Homes
Epic Homes
A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun
A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Framework
Framework
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Ellen's Design Challenge
Ellen's Design Challenge
The First 24
The First 24
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Pool Master
Pool Master
Lake Life
Lake Life
The Treehouse Guys
The Treehouse Guys
Buying the Rockies
Buying the Rockies
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?
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
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