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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House Hunters
House Hunters
Treehouse Masters
Treehouse Masters
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Beachfront Bargain Hunt
Flip or Flop
Flip or Flop
My Floating Home
My Floating Home
Brother vs. Brother
Brother vs. Brother
Stone House Revival
Stone House Revival
Ask This Old House
Ask This Old House
Flip Wars
Flip Wars
Hidden Potential
Hidden Potential
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Lakefront Bargain Hunt
Boise Boys
Boise Boys
Sell This House
Sell This House
Tiny House Hunting
Tiny House Hunting
Hit Properties with Nathan Morris
Hit Properties with Nathan Morris
Holmes: Next Generation
Holmes: Next Generation
My Lottery Dream Home
My Lottery Dream Home
House Hunters International
House Hunters International
Catch A Contractor
Catch A Contractor
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
Backyard Envy
Backyard Envy
Living Alaska
Living Alaska
Buying Naked
Buying Naked
Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy
Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Million Dollar Listing: San Francisco
Game of Homes
Game of Homes
Love It or List It, Too
Love It or List It, Too
Crazy Christmas
Crazy Christmas
Blog Cabin
Blog Cabin
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Flip or Flop Fort Worth
Vacation House for Free
Vacation House for Free
Rescue My Renovation
Rescue My Renovation
Pool Master
Pool Master
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
The Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch
Buying the Beach
Buying the Beach
Framework
Framework
Grand Designs
Grand Designs
Mega Decks
Mega Decks
New House, New Life
New House, New Life
Dear Genevieve
Dear Genevieve
House Hunters: Best of the Northwest
House Hunters: Best of the Northwest
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall
Buying the Rockies
Buying the Rockies
King of Thrones
King of Thrones
You Live in What?
You Live in What?
Go Green!
Go Green!
The Treehouse Guys
The Treehouse Guys
American Rehab: Detroit
American Rehab: Detroit
HGTV's Kitchen Makeovers
HGTV's Kitchen Makeovers
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
House Hunters International: Best of Africa
Yard Crashers
Yard Crashers
Lake Life
Lake Life
The Woodwright's Shop
The Woodwright's Shop
Rev Run's Renovation
Rev Run's Renovation
House Hunters:  Best of New England
House Hunters: Best of New England
Buying Hawaii
Buying Hawaii
My City's Just Not That Into Me
My City's Just Not That Into Me
Renovation Realities
Renovation Realities
Rowhouse Showdown
Rowhouse Showdown
Sell This House: Extreme
Sell This House: Extreme
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
Property Brothers: Buying & Selling
Amish Renogades
Amish Renogades
Hidden Potential (2018)
Hidden Potential (2018)
House Hunters: Off the Grid
House Hunters: Off the Grid
Outback Nation
Outback Nation
Island Hunters
Island Hunters
The Bronson Pinchot Project
The Bronson Pinchot Project
Cousins Undercover
Cousins Undercover
Waterfront House Hunting
Waterfront House Hunting
Home & Family
Home & Family
Holmes On Homes
Holmes On Homes
Design on a Dime
Design on a Dime
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Ron Hazelton's House Calls
Man Caves
Man Caves
I Want That
I Want That
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
CMT Cribs
CMT Cribs
Holmes Makes it Right
Holmes Makes it Right
The Nate Berkus Show
The Nate Berkus Show
DIY Crafts
DIY Crafts
The High Low Project
The High Low Project
HGTV'd
HGTV'd
Epic Homes
Epic Homes
Desperate Landscapes
Desperate Landscapes
Esther Extraordinaire
Esther Extraordinaire
Love It or List It Vancouver
Love It or List It Vancouver
Extreme Clutter
Extreme Clutter
The Amandas
The Amandas
Disaster Guy
Disaster Guy
Home Again with Bob Vila
Home Again with Bob Vila
Property Virgins
Property Virgins
Income Property
Income Property
Smart Fix
Smart Fix
We're Moving In
We're Moving In
Power Broker
Power Broker
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
Beautiful Homes & Great Estates
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