Home & Garden TV Shows

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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
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
I Want That
I Want That
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
House Hunters
House Hunters
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Sell This House
Sell This House
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Ellen's Design Challenge
Ellen's Design Challenge
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Framework
Framework
Income Property
Income Property
Dig In
Dig In
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
The Property Brothers at Home
The Property Brothers at Home
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Stone Age
Stone Age
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
The Amandas
The Amandas
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Man Caves
Man Caves
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Color Splash
Color Splash
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
The Guerilla Gardener
The Guerilla Gardener
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Flip It to Win It
Flip It to Win It
My City's Just Not That Into Me
My City's Just Not That Into Me
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
My First Place
My First Place
Howcast Home
Howcast Home
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
Selling London
Selling London
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Unhinged
Unhinged
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Best of Property Brothers
Best of Property Brothers
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Dream House
Dream House
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Celebrity House Hunting
Celebrity House Hunting
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
DIY Network Celebrity Sampler
From Martha's Home
From Martha's Home
Amish Renogades
Amish Renogades
Flipping San Diego
Flipping San Diego
Power Broker
Power Broker
Family Under Construction
Family Under Construction
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Epic Homes
Epic Homes
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Restoration Realities
Restoration Realities
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Pool Master
Pool Master
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
The Perfect Party
The Perfect Party
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
House Hunters:  Best of New England
House Hunters: Best of New England
American Rehab: Detroit
American Rehab: Detroit
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
HGTV Green Home
HGTV Green Home
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
From Martha's Garden
From Martha's Garden
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
reZONED
reZONED
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
DIY Specials
DIY Specials
House Hunters International: Best of Italy
House Hunters International: Best of Italy
Cousins on Call
Cousins on Call
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
Scoring the Deal
Scoring the Deal
Live Here, Buy This
Live Here, Buy This
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
Go Green!
Go Green!
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
Bryk House
Bryk House
Auction Agent
Auction Agent
Renovation Raiders
Renovation Raiders
Kids In The Garden
Kids In The Garden
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Summer Celebrations
Summer Celebrations
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
House Hunters International: Best of Germany
Staged to Perfection
Staged to Perfection
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Five Figure Flip
Five Figure Flip
Sold On the Spot
Sold On the Spot
Love It or List It Vancouver
Love It or List It Vancouver
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
Building Log Homes
Building Log Homes
House Hunters International:  Best of Mexico
House Hunters International: Best of Mexico
House Hunters: Best of the Northwest
House Hunters: Best of the Northwest
DIY Network's Best Landscaping Makeovers
DIY Network's Best Landscaping Makeovers
HGTV's Bedroom & Bathroom Makeovers
HGTV's Bedroom & Bathroom Makeovers
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
Ultimate Treehouses
Ultimate Treehouses
House Hunters International:  Best of France
House Hunters International: Best of France
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
Flipping the Block
Flipping the Block
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Celebrity Home Raiders
Celebrity Home Raiders
House Hunters International:  Best of Denmark
House Hunters International: Best of Denmark
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
HGTV Tropical Sampler
HGTV Tropical Sampler
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
HGTV TV Sampler
HGTV TV Sampler
The Pool Master
The Pool Master
House Hunters International:  Best of Ireland
House Hunters International: Best of Ireland
Log Heads
Log Heads
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
House Hunters:  Best of the Midwest
House Hunters: Best of the Midwest
Urban Suburban
Urban Suburban
House vs. House
House vs. House
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
Beat the House
Beat the House
The Brian Boitano Project
The Brian Boitano Project
Rent or Buy
Rent or Buy
A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun
A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun
Mansion Hunters
Mansion Hunters
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
Grand Designs Abroad
Grand Designs Abroad
House Hunters on Vacation
House Hunters on Vacation
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
My Yard Goes Disney
My Yard Goes Disney
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Real Estate Intervention
Real Estate Intervention
My Favorite Place
My Favorite Place
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
Howdini
Howdini
Grand Designs Revisited
Grand Designs Revisited
The Unsellables
The Unsellables
The Stagers
The Stagers
Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Live
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Hollywood Hi-Tech
Hollywood Hi-Tech
Door Knockers
Door Knockers
Home by Novogratz
Home by Novogratz
Myles of Style
Myles of Style
The Great Italian Escape
The Great Italian Escape
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
Sarah Beeny's Streets Ahead
Sarah Beeny's Streets Ahead
Room for Improvement (UK)
Room for Improvement (UK)
Relocation, Relocation
Relocation, Relocation
Cool Tools
Cool Tools