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
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Income Property
Income Property
House Hunters
House Hunters
Sell This House
Sell This House
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
I Want That
I Want That
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
reZONED
reZONED
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
House Hunters on Vacation
House Hunters on Vacation
My First Place
My First Place
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Color Splash
Color Splash
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
Yardcore
Yardcore
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
Garage Mahal
Garage Mahal
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
Man Caves
Man Caves
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
The Antonio Treatment
The Antonio Treatment
Epic Homes
Epic Homes
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
Flipped Off
Flipped Off
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
The Stagers
The Stagers
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Howdini Home & Garden
Howdini Home & Garden
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
A Place in the Sun Down Under
A Place in the Sun Down Under
Pool Master
Pool Master
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
Bryk House
Bryk House
Auction Agent
Auction Agent
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
From Martha's Garden
From Martha's Garden
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
Special Spaces
Special Spaces
Live Here, Buy This
Live Here, Buy This
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms