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
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
House Hunters
House Hunters
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Sell This House
Sell This House
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
I Want That
I Want That
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Color Splash
Color Splash
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Man Caves
Man Caves
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Income Property
Income Property
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Family Under Construction
Family Under Construction
Framework
Framework
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
The Amandas
The Amandas
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
The Property Brothers at Home
The Property Brothers at Home
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Amish Renogades
Amish Renogades
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Yardcore
Yardcore
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Stone Age
Stone Age
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Epic Homes
Epic Homes
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Simplify Your Life
Simplify Your Life
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Best of Property Brothers
Best of Property Brothers
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Flipping San Diego
Flipping San Diego
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Halloween Celebration
Halloween Celebration
Ultimate Treehouses
Ultimate Treehouses
HGTV's Bedroom & Bathroom Makeovers
HGTV's Bedroom & Bathroom Makeovers
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
reZONED
reZONED
Power Broker
Power Broker
Clean House New York
Clean House New York