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
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
House Hunters
House Hunters
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Framework
Framework
Man Caves
Man Caves
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Renovation Realities
The Treehouse Guys
Home & Family
Tiny House Nation
A Place in the Sun
Making It Modern
Go Green!
I Want That
Million Dollar Rooms
Grand Designs
Extreme Homes
Country House Rescue
My First Place
Dream House
Pool Master
Holmes On Homes
Home Again with Bob Vila
The Nate Berkus Show
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
House Hunters International: Best of Ireland
Grand Designs Revisited
HGTV Dream Home
My Floating Home
Garage Gold
HomeGrown Makeover
Rent or Buy
Love It or List It, Too
Vacation House for Free
Stone House Revival
Rescue My Renovation
The Woodwright's Shop
Living Alaska
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Sold On the Spot
Income Property
You Live in What?
Hotel Amazon
Catch A Contractor
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Red Hot and Green
Lake Life
My House Is Worth What?
Design on Dime: Holidays
Interiors Inc.
DIY Halloween
Live Here, Buy This
Buying Nude: The Naked Realtor
House Hunters International: Best of Sweden
Celebrity Home Raiders
Unhinged
House Hunters International: Best of The Netherlands
Best of House Hunters: Family Expansion
Best of House Hunters: Southern Comfort
What's With That House?
A Million Pound Place in the Sun
Best of House Hunters: Going to California
Best of House Hunters: First Time Buyers
A Place by the Sea
Best of House Hunters: Paradise In the Panhandle
A Place in the Sun Down Under
Cool Kids' Parties
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
CMT Cribs
Rev Run's Renovation
HGTV's Bedroom & Bathroom Makeovers
Renovation Raiders
Cabin Fever
Behind the Build: HGTV Smart Home 2013
Sarah Beeny's Streets Ahead
Billion Dollar Block
A Gardener's Diary
Home Strange Home
Extreme Clutter
Selling London
Ultimate Treehouses
Staged to Perfection
Clean House New York
Special Spaces