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
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
House Hunters
House Hunters
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Boise Boys
Boise Boys
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Holmes: Next Generation
Holmes: Next Generation
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation
Flip Wars
Flip Wars
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Pond Stars
Pond Stars
Hidden Potential (2018)
Hidden Potential (2018)
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
Pool Master
Pool Master
Game of Homes
Game of Homes
Renovation Raiders
Renovation Raiders
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters International Renovation
House Hunters International Renovation
Waterfront House Hunting
Waterfront House Hunting
Home & Family
Home & Family
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
I Want That
I Want That
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
A Gardener's Diary
A Gardener's Diary
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
Country House Rescue
Country House Rescue
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Picker Sisters
Picker Sisters
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Man Caves
Man Caves
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Garage Gold
Garage Gold
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Color Splash
Color Splash
The Jennie Garth Project
The Jennie Garth Project
Decorating Cents
Decorating Cents
Love It or List It Vancouver
Love It or List It Vancouver
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis
Framework
Framework
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Million Dollar Listing: Miami
Lake Life
Lake Life
Dream House
Dream House
Ultimate Treehouses
Ultimate Treehouses
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
If Walls Could Talk...
If Walls Could Talk...
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Rehab Addict: Detroit
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Genevieve's Renovation
Genevieve's Renovation
Income Property
Income Property
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
My Favorite Place
My Favorite Place
Bryk House
Bryk House
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Stone Age
Stone Age
My First Place
My First Place
Lawn & Order
Lawn & Order
Myles of Style
Myles of Style
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
House Hunters International:  Best of Mexico
House Hunters International: Best of Mexico
Hot Listings Miami
Hot Listings Miami
Million Dollar Rooms
Million Dollar Rooms
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
Extreme Cribs
Extreme Cribs
Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Live
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
Grand Designs Trade Secrets
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
House Hunters: Best of Hawaii
Designing Spaces
Designing Spaces
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Knock It Off
Knock It Off
House Hunters: Best of the Southeast
House Hunters: Best of the Southeast
Summer Showdown
Summer Showdown
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy
Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy