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.

About This Genre
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
House Hunters
House Hunters
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Grand Designs Revisited
Grand Designs Revisited
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
Tiny House Hunting
Yard Crashers
Income Property
House Hunters International Renovation
Property Virgins
Buying and Selling
You Live in What?
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Home & Family
A Place in the Sun
Go Green!
King of Thrones
Making It Modern
Mega Dens
Katie Brown Workshop
Love It or List It Vancouver
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Holmes On Homes
Country House Rescue
Design on a Dime
HGTV Specials
A Gardener's Diary
HGTV Dream Home
Dig In
Blog Cabin
Cool Tools
Clean House New York
House Hunters on Vacation
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Home Again with Bob Vila
Halloween Celebration
Sheila Bridges: Designer Living
Knock It Off
Rent or Buy
Timber Kings
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Vacation House for Free
Garage Gold
I Want That
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Stone House Revival
Desperate Landscapes
Designing Spaces
Rescue My Renovation
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
Pool Master
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
Framework
Cabin Fever
Curb Appeal
My Big Amazing Renovation
Hidden Potential
Get It Sold
My House Is Worth What?
Dear Genevieve
Bathroom Renovations
Building Green
Wasted Spaces
Red Hot and Green
Man Land
Indoors Out
My First Place
Rate My Space
Myles of Style
The Stagers
Bang For Your Buck
The Unsellables
HGTV $250,000 Challenge
Summer Showdown
Bathtastic!
Color Splash
Real Estate Intervention
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
Man Caves
Curb Appeal: The Block
The Outdoor Room with Jamie Durie
The Antonio Treatment
World's Greenest Homes
Kitchen Impossible