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
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
House Hunters
House Hunters
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Home & Family
King of Thrones
Flip or Flop
A Place in the Sun
Making It Modern
Go Green!
Relocation, Relocation
Holmes On Homes
Buying Hawaii
You Live in What?
HGTV Dream Home
Yard Crashers
CMT Cribs
Country House Rescue
A Gardener's Diary
Extreme Clutter
Ultimate Treehouses
Man Caves
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Dear Genevieve
Property Virgins
Buying Naked
The Nate Berkus Show
A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun
Stone Age
Crazy Christmas
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
House Hunters International: Best of Italy
Flipping Boston
Pond Stars
Renovate to Rent
Knock It Off
Epic Homes
House Hunters International Renovation
The Treehouse Guys
Decorating Cents
The Perfect Party
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Unplugged Nation
Vacation House for Free
Buying the Rockies
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Waterfront House Hunting
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
Dream House
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
The Woodwright's Shop
A Place in the Sun Down Under
Pool Master
Cool Kids' Parties
Work That Room with Christopher Lowell
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
Home Strange Home
Selling London
Staged to Perfection