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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Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
House Hunters
House Hunters
Income Property
Income Property
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Sell This House
Sell This House
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
My First Place
My First Place
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
I Want That
I Want That
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Man Caves
Man Caves
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom Renovations
Wasted Spaces
Wasted Spaces
Bang For Your Buck
Bang For Your Buck
Color Splash
Color Splash
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
The Property Brothers at Home
The Property Brothers at Home
A Sale Of Two Cities
A Sale Of Two Cities
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
Kitchen Impossible
Kitchen Impossible
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Relocation, Relocation
Relocation, Relocation
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Selling London
Selling London
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
West End Salvage
West End Salvage
Elbow Room
Elbow Room
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
My Big Family Renovation
My Big Family Renovation
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
Framework
Framework
Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge
Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge
Outback Nation
Outback Nation
Bathtastic!
Bathtastic!
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Room for Improvement (UK)
Room for Improvement (UK)
Disaster House
Disaster House
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Home by Novogratz
Home by Novogratz
Dina's Party
Dina's Party
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Dream House
Dream House
Billion Dollar Block
Billion Dollar Block
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
House Hunters:  Best of the Mid-Atlantic
House Hunters: Best of the Mid-Atlantic
House Hunters International:  Best of Mexico
House Hunters International: Best of Mexico