Home & Garden TV Shows

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.

Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
House Hunters
House Hunters
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
Home & Family
Home & Family
Christina on the Coast
Christina on the Coast
Boise Boys
Boise Boys
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Property Brothers: Forever Home
Property Brothers: Forever Home
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Big Texas Fix
Big Texas Fix
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
One of a Kind
One of a Kind
Holmes: Next Generation
Holmes: Next Generation
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Pool Master
Pool Master
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
Backyard Envy
Backyard Envy
Framework
Framework
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Renovation Raiders
Renovation Raiders
Philly Revival
Philly Revival
Flip Wars
Flip Wars
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Clean House New York
Clean House New York
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Buying the Rockies
Buying the Rockies
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Horror Homes
Horror Homes
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
HGTV TV Sampler
HGTV TV Sampler
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Restore America
Restore America
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
My First Place
My First Place
Sell This House
Sell This House
Relocation, Relocation
Relocation, Relocation
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Lake Life
Lake Life
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Income Property
Income Property
Ellen's Design Challenge
Ellen's Design Challenge
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Stone Age
Stone Age
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
Curb Appeal: The Block
Curb Appeal: The Block
Tough As Nails
Tough As Nails
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Color Splash
Color Splash
Bid & Destroy
Bid & Destroy
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
Kitchen Trends
Kitchen Trends
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
The First 24
The First 24
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Dream House
Dream House
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun Down Under
A Place in the Sun Down Under
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Man Caves
Man Caves
I Want That
I Want That
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila