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
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Sell This House
Sell This House
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Income Property
Income Property
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
House Hunters
House Hunters
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
I Want That
I Want That
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Color Splash
Color Splash
reZONED
reZONED
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
House Hunters on Vacation
House Hunters on Vacation
Howdini
Howdini
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
Man Caves
Man Caves
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Yardcore
Yardcore
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
Pool Master
Pool Master
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Interiors Inc.
Interiors Inc.
The Great Italian Escape
The Great Italian Escape
The Guerilla Gardener
The Guerilla Gardener
Dream House
Dream House
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Epic Homes
Epic Homes
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Bryk House
Bryk House
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Flipping San Diego
Flipping San Diego
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
Deserving Design
Deserving Design
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
Rate My Space
Rate My Space
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
Live Here, Buy This
Live Here, Buy This
Home Rules
Home Rules
Tough As Nails
Tough As Nails