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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House Hunters International
House Hunters International
I Want That
I Want That
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
House Hunters
House Hunters
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Sell This House
Sell This House
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Stone Age
Stone Age
Income Property
Income Property
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
HGTV Holidays
HGTV Holidays
Color Splash
Color Splash
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
reZONED
reZONED
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
The Property Brothers at Home
The Property Brothers at Home
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
The Pool Master
The Pool Master
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
The Amandas
The Amandas
From Martha's Home
From Martha's Home
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Yardcore
Yardcore
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Man Land
Man Land
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Disaster House
Disaster House
The Great Italian Escape
The Great Italian Escape
Halloween Celebration
Halloween Celebration
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Dream House
Dream House
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Interiors Inc.
Interiors Inc.
HGTV Specials
HGTV Specials
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Power Broker
Power Broker
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
Garage Mahal
Garage Mahal
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Man Caves
Man Caves
10 Grand in Your Hand
10 Grand in Your Hand
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
The Guerilla Gardener
The Guerilla Gardener
My First Place
My First Place
Epic Homes
Epic Homes