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
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
House Hunters
House Hunters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
Lake Life
Lake Life
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Man Caves
Man Caves
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Home & Family
Home & Family
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Stone Age
Stone Age
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Home by Novogratz
Home by Novogratz
I Want That
I Want That
Love It or List It Vancouver
Love It or List It Vancouver
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
My First Place
My First Place
Color Splash
Color Splash
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
Deserving Design
Deserving Design
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
King of Dirt
King of Dirt
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Live
The Great Italian Escape
The Great Italian Escape
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Yardcore
Yardcore
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Staged to Perfection
Staged to Perfection
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Disaster Decks
Disaster Decks
Ultimate Treehouses
Ultimate Treehouses
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
HGTV TV Sampler
HGTV TV Sampler
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
House Hunters International: Best of Italy
House Hunters International: Best of Italy
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Ellen's Design Challenge
Ellen's Design Challenge
My Floating Home
My Floating Home
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
American Rehab: Detroit
American Rehab: Detroit
Buying the Rockies
Buying the Rockies
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
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?
Building Green
Building Green
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Red Hot and Green
Red Hot and Green