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
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
House Hunters
House Hunters
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Boise Boys
Boise Boys
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Holmes: Next Generation
Holmes: Next Generation
My City's Just Not That Into Me
My City's Just Not That Into Me
Waterfront House Hunting
Waterfront House Hunting
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Flip Wars
Flip Wars
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy
Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Hidden Potential (2018)
Hidden Potential (2018)
Extreme Homes
Extreme Homes
Home & Family
Home & Family
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Urban Suburban
Urban Suburban
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
I Want That
I Want That
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
My Floating Home
My Floating Home
Man Caves
Man Caves
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
Rough Cut - Woodworking With Tommy Mac
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Lake Life
Lake Life
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Staged to Perfection
Staged to Perfection
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
Income Property
Income Property
House Hunters International:  Best of Denmark
House Hunters International: Best of Denmark
My First Place
My First Place
Game of Homes
Game of Homes
Sell This House
Sell This House
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
Mega Dens
Mega Dens
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Relocation, Relocation
Relocation, Relocation
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
Esther Extraordinaire
Esther Extraordinaire
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
A Place by the Sea
A Place by the Sea
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Sarah Beeny's Streets Ahead
Sarah Beeny's Streets Ahead
Summer Celebrations
Summer Celebrations
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Making It Modern
Making It Modern
Garden Secrets
Garden Secrets
Howdini
Howdini
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Power Broker
Power Broker
Indoors Out
Indoors Out
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
House vs. House
House vs. House
Katie Brown Workshop
Katie Brown Workshop
Buying and Selling
Buying and Selling
reZONED
reZONED
House Hunters International:  Best of Ireland
House Hunters International: Best of Ireland
Curb Appeal
Curb Appeal
Extreme Halloween
Extreme Halloween
Who's Been Sleeping In My House?
Who's Been Sleeping In My House?
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
Tough As Nails
Tough As Nails
Celebrity House Hunting
Celebrity House Hunting
Color Splash
Color Splash
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Amish Renogades
Amish Renogades
Ready As He Grows
Ready As He Grows
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean
House Hunters International: Best of the Caribbean