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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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    Tough As Nails

    House Hunters

    House Hunters

    Grand Designs

    Grand Designs

    Flip or Flop

    Flip or Flop

    Fixer Upper

    Fixer Upper

    Treehouse Masters

    Treehouse Masters

    Brother vs. Brother

    Brother vs. Brother

    Christina on the Coast

    Christina on the Coast

    House Hunters International

    House Hunters International

    Lakefront Bargain Hunt

    Lakefront Bargain Hunt

    My Lottery Dream Home

    My Lottery Dream Home

    Beachfront Bargain Hunt

    Beachfront Bargain Hunt

    Restoring Galveston

    Restoring Galveston

    Property Brothers: Forever Home

    Property Brothers: Forever Home

    HGTV Dream Home

    HGTV Dream Home

    Boise Boys

    Boise Boys

    Flipping Vegas

    Flipping Vegas

    Living Alaska

    Living Alaska

    Island Hunters

    Island Hunters

    Love It or List It, Too

    Love It or List It, Too

    Backyard Envy

    Backyard Envy

    Buying Naked

    Buying Naked

    Tiny House Nation

    Tiny House Nation

    You Live in What?

    You Live in What?

    Design on a Dime

    Design on a Dime

    Catch A Contractor

    Catch A Contractor

    Yard Crashers

    Yard Crashers

    Hidden Potential

    Hidden Potential

    Vacation House for Free

    Vacation House for Free

    My Big Family Renovation

    My Big Family Renovation

    Ask This Old House

    Ask This Old House

    Property Brothers: Buying & Selling

    Property Brothers: Buying & Selling

    Mega Decks

    Mega Decks

    Pond Stars

    Pond Stars

    Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco

    Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco

    The Woodwright's Shop

    The Woodwright's Shop

    House Hunters: Off the Grid

    House Hunters: Off the Grid

    Million Dollar Listing: Miami

    Million Dollar Listing: Miami

    Tiny House Hunting

    Tiny House Hunting

    Lake Life

    Lake Life

    House Hunters International: Best of Italy

    House Hunters International: Best of Italy

    Buying the Rockies

    Buying the Rockies

    Flipping Boston

    Flipping Boston

    Extreme Homes

    Extreme Homes

    House Hunters International:  Best of Mexico

    House Hunters International: Best of Mexico

    Unplugged Nation

    Unplugged Nation

    House Hunters International: Best of Africa

    House Hunters International: Best of Africa

    Philly Revival

    Philly Revival

    Sell This House

    Sell This House

    My Floating Home

    My Floating Home

    Holmes: Next Generation

    Holmes: Next Generation

    Garage Gold

    Garage Gold

    Rev Run's Renovation

    Rev Run's Renovation

    Pool Master

    Pool Master

    Vintage Rehab

    Vintage Rehab

    Framework

    Framework

    Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall

    Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall

    The Pool Master

    The Pool Master

    Flipping San Diego

    Flipping San Diego

    Beach Flip

    Beach Flip

    Home & Family

    Home & Family

    Rustic Rehab

    Rustic Rehab

    Desperate Landscapes

    Desperate Landscapes

    Small Space, Big Style

    Small Space, Big Style

    Sweat Equity

    Sweat Equity

    Get Organized with The Home Edit

    Get Organized with The Home Edit

    Curb Appeal

    Curb Appeal

    HGTV TV Sampler

    HGTV TV Sampler

    Renovation Realities

    Renovation Realities

    Sarah Off the Grid

    Sarah Off the Grid

    HGTV'd

    HGTV'd

    One of a Kind

    One of a Kind

    Rent or Buy

    Rent or Buy

    Garden Secrets

    Garden Secrets

    Stone Age

    Stone Age

    Million Dollar Rooms

    Million Dollar Rooms

    Stone House Revival

    Stone House Revival

    Ron Hazelton's House Calls

    Ron Hazelton's House Calls

    King of Thrones

    King of Thrones

    CMT Cribs

    CMT Cribs

    The Big Flower Fight

    The Big Flower Fight

    Color Splash

    Color Splash

    The Treehouse Guys

    The Treehouse Guys

    House Hunters International Renovation

    House Hunters International Renovation

    Property Virgins

    Property Virgins

    Picker Sisters

    Picker Sisters

    Mega Dens

    Mega Dens

    Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy

    Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy

    Waterfront House Hunting

    Waterfront House Hunting

    Game of Homes

    Game of Homes

    Sell This House: Extreme

    Sell This House: Extreme

    Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever

    Buying Hawaii

    Buying Hawaii

    Cousins on Call

    Cousins on Call

    My Favorite Place

    My Favorite Place

    Kitchen Impossible

    Kitchen Impossible

    Stager Things

    Stager Things

    Barkitecture

    Barkitecture

    Million Dollar Beach House

    Million Dollar Beach House

    My Lottery Dream Home International

    My Lottery Dream Home International