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
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
House Hunters
House Hunters
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
The Treehouse Guys
The Treehouse Guys
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Framework
Framework
Home & Family
Home & Family
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Dream House
Dream House
I Want That
I Want That
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Color Splash
Color Splash
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Pool Master
Pool Master
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Home Rules
Home Rules
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Cool Tools
Cool Tools
Relocation, Relocation
Relocation, Relocation
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Go Green!
Go Green!
DIY Specials
DIY Specials
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
Rent or Buy
Rent or Buy
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
Building Log Homes
Building Log Homes
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Buying the Rockies
Buying the Rockies
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Rehab Addict: Detroit
The First 24
The First 24
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Waterfront House Hunting
Waterfront House Hunting
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
My First Place
My First Place
Disaster House
Disaster House
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Room Crashers
Room Crashers
Yardcore
Yardcore
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Log Heads
Log Heads
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
Uncondemned
Uncondemned
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
American Rehab: Detroit
American Rehab: Detroit
A Sale Of Two Cities
A Sale Of Two Cities
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
My Big Amazing Renovation
My Big Amazing Renovation
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Get It Sold
Get It Sold