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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Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Boise Boys
Boise Boys
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
House Hunters
House Hunters
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Flip Wars
Flip Wars
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
My Floating Home
My Floating Home
Holmes: Next Generation
Holmes: Next Generation
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
I Hate My Yard
I Hate My Yard
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Sell This House
Sell This House
Hit Properties with Nathan Morris
Hit Properties with Nathan Morris
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Framework
Framework
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
Renovate to Rent
Renovate to Rent
Home & Family
Home & Family
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Man Caves
Man Caves
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
House Hunters International:  Best of Mexico
House Hunters International: Best of Mexico
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Pool Master
Pool Master
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
I Want That
I Want That
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Log Heads
Log Heads
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Live
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Building Log Homes
Building Log Homes
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Home by Novogratz
Home by Novogratz
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Live Here, Buy This
Live Here, Buy This
A Place by the Sea
A Place by the Sea
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
Halloween Fright House: Secrets Revealed
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Garden Secrets
Garden Secrets
Income Property
Income Property
10 Best Kitchen Projects
10 Best Kitchen Projects
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer
Best of Property Brothers
Best of Property Brothers
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
Go Green!
Go Green!
Stone Age
Stone Age
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
My First Place
My First Place
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
House Hunters:  Best of Florida
House Hunters: Best of Florida
Vintage Rehab
Vintage Rehab
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Relocation, Relocation
Relocation, Relocation
Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip
Mark & Derek's Excellent Flip
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
The Treehouse Guys
The Treehouse Guys
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Esther Extraordinaire
Esther Extraordinaire
Amish Renogades
Amish Renogades