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
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
House Hunters
House Hunters
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Boise Boys
Boise Boys
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Color Splash
Color Splash
Hit Properties with Nathan Morris
Hit Properties with Nathan Morris
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Game of Homes
Game of Homes
Rustic Rehab
Rustic Rehab
Vintage Rehab
Vintage Rehab
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Holmes: Next Generation
Holmes: Next Generation
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Home & Family
Home & Family
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Hidden Potential (2018)
Hidden Potential (2018)
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Stone Age
Stone Age
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Man Caves
Man Caves
I Want That
I Want That
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
House Hunters International:  Best of Mexico
House Hunters International: Best of Mexico
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
My Floating Home
My Floating Home
Halloween Celebration
Halloween Celebration
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Lake Life
Lake Life
DIY Halloween
DIY Halloween
Unhinged
Unhinged
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Income Property
Income Property
Ellen's Design Challenge
Ellen's Design Challenge
Go Green!
Go Green!
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
My First Place
My First Place
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
American Rehab: Detroit
American Rehab: Detroit
House Hunters International: Best of Italy
House Hunters International: Best of Italy
Beach Flip
Beach Flip
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Flipping Boston
Flipping Boston
Sweat Equity
Sweat Equity
The Treehouse Guys
The Treehouse Guys
The Pool Master
The Pool Master
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Esther Extraordinaire
Esther Extraordinaire
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
My Big Amazing Renovation
My Big Amazing Renovation
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
A Bryk at a Time
A Bryk at a Time
Pool Master
Pool Master
Renovation Raiders
Renovation Raiders
Sold On the Spot
Sold On the Spot
Garden Secrets
Garden Secrets
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy
Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy
Framework
Framework
Red Hot and Green
Red Hot and Green
My House Is Worth What?
My House Is Worth What?
Design on Dime: Holidays
Design on Dime: Holidays