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We need a new kind of HGTV

The last episode of the HGTV juggernaut Fixer Upper aired April 3. It followed the usual formula: The Gainses (pragmatic Joanna and goofy, lovable Chip) and their clients (in this case, a Christian rock musician and his wife) pick a house (this part is scripted; the house is already purchased at the time of filming); the Gainses come up with their shiplap-laden rustic modern designs; work begins; something goes wrong (drama!); the thing that goes wrong is fixed; and finally, the house is finished and everybody is happy.

No formal goodbyes were made on air, the sacred formula thus remaining unbroken for five full seasons. Why? Because it works, and HGTV knows it. As the New York Times recently pointed out, 19 of HGTV’s new shows follow the Fixer Upper recipe: renovation dramas hosted by endearing pairs from “real America.”

These shows have been successful for many reasons: They focus on cities, they offer stories of transformation, and they create a narrative of historicity and authenticity that is comforting to viewers in a politically charged America. HGTV has been thriving off of stories of sledgehammer-driven makeovers for quite a while, but these narratives are becoming increasingly worn and complicated amid heated debates about the role of property flipping in urban displacement. And the idea that renovation is necessary for everyone does American homeowners a disservice. So, as a thought experiment, I’m asking this question: What should the next HGTV show look like?

Prior to the reality TV boom of the 2000s, HGTV, established in 1994, was a very different network. In fact, most of the content from its first six years had more in common with PBS than with the HGTV currently on the air. A Wayback Machine capture from 1999 shows a much more diverse slate of programming, including two Antiques Roadshow spinoffs (The Appraisal Fair and Appraise It!), several cooking shows, craft shows like Sew Perfect, shows about gardening (Way to Grow, Grow It!), and the early, and beloved by this author, HGTV decorating shows centered around upcycling and budget-minded redecorating: Decorating with Style, Decorating Cents, and Room by Room. These early shows were more about redecorating an existing space than doing major renovation interventions.

The smashing success of the show House Hunters, which debuted later in 1999, ushered in the network’s reality era. While some programs retained their educational quality—in Holmes on Homes, fatherly contractor Mike Holmes exposes shoddy workmanship in the building industry—HGTV began to largely follow the model of new reality TV shows like American Idol and Big Brother with competition-style shows like Design Star. While the home-flipping narrative popular now has always been a part of the network (the first example, Before and After, debuted in 1997), in the early years these programs used to be more mild-mannered and educationally oriented, such as the show Restore America, which was specifically created to be used in classrooms.

Here’s my problem with today’s “reality”-driven HGTV: It’s not actually realistic.

The network’s standard house-buying narrative involves a mythical couple with coveted mystery jobs who can sit down and buy a house like it’s no big deal. Nobody I know can afford to buy a house right now or in the near future. (Hi, student loans!) There is evidence to corroborate this: Young people aren’t buying houses, and more and more people are becoming renters. The main reason? Housing is expensive everywhere, not just in places like the Bay Area, where the median home price is over $1 million, but in small cities like Boise, Idaho, where half of all renters spend over 30 percent of their income on rent.

HGTV will probably never take on politically charged topics and risk losing its existing audience or advertising sponsors, so forget hard-hitters about the urban condition. The network’s whole reason for existence is escapism a la shiplap. But that doesn’t mean HGTV can’t make shows that target a key audience: every single person who is not a wealthy suburban couple taking out a new mortgage and trying to create their dream home through renovation.

The first way to do this is to create a show involving renting. I assure the network that finding a suitable place to rent within one’s budget is way more exhausting and dramatic than driving around to pick one of three drab ranches to lobotomize. What if Mike Holmes came back to tour apartments with prospective tenants and teach them about tenant’s rights or the warning signs we should look for that tell us that this reasonable-looking apartment is actually a toxic waste dump of code violations? Here’s an even simpler idea: instead of House Hunters, I’d like to see Reasonably Priced Apartment Hunters. I can picture it now: Colleen (24) is a graduate student in Global History at a private university, has to live on a puny stipend, and is $60,000 in student loan debt. Her roommates are Nicole (23), who is currently job searching, and Jared (25), a line cook at a local bistro. They’re looking for a three-bedroom apartment close to public transit, and their rent budget is an absolute maximum of $700 per person. Colleen wants an apartment with a dishwasher. Nicole has a cat, so the apartment must accept pets. Jared insists on a second bathroom. Can these broke and sad individuals find a compromise?

Speaking of broke and sad, let’s talk about reasonable decorating budgets. Sure, Design on a Dime is still periodically running, but its recent seasons cater more to the flipping narrative (Candice Olson would never rip out perfectly good kitchen cabinets) in order to compete with the network’s hotter shows. Plus, even its $2,500 budget is out of reach for a lot of people, especially considering that amount only covers a single room. However, a relaunch of Decorating Cents, with its budget of a mere $500, would be the perfect fit for young adults and college students. If HGTV is wondering about corporate sponsorships for shows peddling to people looking to style on a budget, I’m sure Ikea would love to lend a hand.

A renter-friendly show would be about more than budget—and it would return HGTV to its roots. Most of us who rent aren’t allowed to gut our kitchens or open up our floorplans. (Hell, some of us aren’t even allowed to paint our walls.) Unlike today’s flipper-heavy lineup, the early HGTV decorating shows such as Decorating with Style rarely, if ever, involved whole-scale wall-destroying renovations. These shows were about freshening up a dated room on a very tight budget, something many millennial apartment dwellers and penny-pinching families would find useful. Forget tiny houses—teach me how to make a 400-square-foot studio a place I can actually invite friends to without them having to complete an obstacle course of tightly packed pieces of furniture. (Oh, I also can’t paint anything, and everything has to be hung with Command strips.)

The show should also reflect how home-improvement projects actually happen in the real world. HGTV is starting to budge on its “highly polished transformation project by miracle twosome” trope. The mother-daughter show Good Bones is more honest about the dirty work involved in gutting a house, and it shows the contractors and construction crews that actually work on the projects instead of hiding them behind the scenes and pretending the two hosts do the entire project themselves. (Looking at you, Chip Gaines.) This is a good start, but it’s only a start: HGTV needs to reintroduce the viewer’s (and on-screen client’s) sense of agency. The old HGTV shows were full of detailed how-tos: re-varnishing a wood dresser, making your own curtains, decluttering, and repairing scratched floors. Now, the clients go away to some mystical ether, all the hard work is done by heroic individuals, and the clients return to a meticulously decorated wonder-house. But I would much rather know how to properly hang a wall shelf myself instead of disappearing for two weeks while attractive strangers do it for me. Repairing a scratched floor is a skill every renter would love to possess. There could be an entire show about cleaning a place up in order to get one’s security deposit back, or a segment devoted to Ikea hacks.

As part of its return to reality, HGTV should also look more like the real people who actually exist in America. The network has occasionally thrown in minority homeowners on episodes of its shows as if to hold up a sign that says “We’re Tolerant!” Now, they’re at least trying: The network’s hit spinoff Flip or Flop Fort Worth is hosted by a black couple, Andy and Ashley Williams, and Miami’s Dave and Chenoa Rivera host one of HGTV’s newest shows, Rustic Rehab. But the network’s only gay host ever was Color Splash’s David Bromstad, who came out long after the show ended. In 2017, HGTV tested (and quickly abandoned) a pilot with two gay hosts called Down to the Studs, which, if you couldn’t tell by the name, can only be described as fetishizing, catering primarily to the straight female gaze. The network needs to do a better job of hiring LGBTQ show hosts without reverting to stereotypes.

Most HGTV shows are centered around couples, whether as hosts or as subjects. (After multiple seasons of Fixer Upper, Good Bones’ mother-daughter co-hosts felt extremely refreshing.) The couples themselves are woefully stereotypical: the wise and prudent woman, her dopey but lovable husband, and their 2.5 kids. I’ve never seen a couple on the network who doesn’t have or plan to have children. Finally, duos like the Gainses set unrealistic expectations about what coupledom (especially while renovating a house) should be like. How can two people work together on stressful, high-energy projects and never once get into a big fight? (Perhaps they can’t: At least one HGTV couple has had a high-profile divorce off camera.) Frankly, this viewer wants to know, why do two people have to be in love to smash up a perfectly good bungalow in the first place? Can’t folks work together on home-improvement projects as friends, roommates, or, even better, alone?

HGTV is the place where millions of Americans get their information about buildings and interior design. It should serve its function as a helpful resource for all people looking to spruce up their spaces and have fun doing it. It’s time that the network expand past the tired real estate and flipper narratives. Instead, HGTV should reflect the realities of American housing. It should begin to look less like an escapist suburban fantasy and more like the real world and the people living in it.

Kate Wagner is the creator of the viral blog McMansion Hell, which roasts the world’s ugliest houses. Outside of McMansion Hell, Kate is a guest contributor for Curbed, 99 Percent Invisible, and Atlas Obscura. In addition to writing about architecture, Kate has worked extensively as a sound engineer and is currently a graduate student in Acoustics as part of a joint program between Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory, where her focus is in architectural acoustics.

15 Former HGTV Hosts: Where Are They Now?

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Home & Garden Television, also known as HGTV, is one of the most-watched channels on television with a ton of shows directed at remodeling, gardening, crafts and design. One of the reasons this channel has become so popular is because of budding stars like Chip and Joanna Gaines, Drew and Jonathan Scott and Tarek and Christina El Moussa. But what about the popular stars who started it all? We’ve compiled a list of 15 former HGTV hosts to see where they are now!

15. Kristan Cunningham

This savvy designer hosted Design on a Dime for 10 seasons. When she left the show she landed a regular gig on The Rachael Ray Show, the Today Show and The Talk as a design expert. In 2012 she landed her own show on the OWN network called Super Saver Showdown which lasted until 2013. Cunningham no longer appears on TV, but as of 2015, she and her husband became owners of a design studio in downtown Los Angeles called Hammer and Spear.

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14. Suzanne Whang

Suzanne Whang was the face of House Hunters from 1999 to 2007. When she left the HGTV network she began to focus more on her flourishing acting career and landed small roles on General Hospital, Don’t Tell My Mother and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Outside of acting, she’s worked as a storyteller around Los Angeles, and shared her experience as a survivor of breast cancer. In October 2013, she married her longtime boyfriend, fellow actor and teacher Jay Nickerson.

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13. Chris Harrison

We’re pretty sure no one needs to be told what Chris Harrison is up to now since he’s been the face of ABC’s widely popular Bachelor franchise since 2002. Before that Harrison held various hosting gigs throughout his career beginning with HGTV’s Designer’s Challenge in 1999. After that he moved onto the short-lived Mall Masters and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. He’s also exercised his hosting chops with award shows like the American Music Awards, and red carpet coverage at the 2009 Primetime Emmy’s. His most prominent role by far has been in ABC’s Bachelor franchise which includes The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor Live, Bachelor In Paradise and Bachelor In Paradise: After Paradise.

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12. Matt Fox and Shari Hiller

Matt Fox and Shari Hiller are two of the most memorable stars because they were the hosts of HGTV’s very first show, Room by Room, which aired on the network from 1994 to 2006. Not only are they the first hosts hired on by the network, but their show is the longest running decorating show in history with over 350 episodes. When the show ended they took a much needed break from filming, but in 2010 went on to host Around the House with Matt and Shari on PBS. They also created their own company, FoxHill Studios.

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11. Genevieve Gorder

This beloved HGTV host first made her mark on the design world as one of the original designers on TLC’s Trading Spaces, but it was her Dear Genevieve show that made her an HGTV star. Even though her show aired its last episode in 2010, she’s still heavily involved with the network. Gorder hosted Genevieve’s Renovation in 2014, and sat as a judge on HGTV’s Design Star. Today she runs a design company in New York City, where she lives with her daughter.

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10. Carol Duvall

Carol Duvall is a well known host from HGTV as she hosted the long-running Carol Duvall Show from 1994 to 2005 on HGTV, and from 2005 to 2009 on the DIY Network. Since the show ended Duvall has taken a step back from the limelight and no longer appears on television. She prefers to travel and has turned her focus to writing.

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9. Sandra Rinomato

After hosting Property Virgins for 10 seasons, Sandra Rinomato left the show in 2012 to start her own show called Buy Herself which aired on HGTV Canada. The show didn’t last very long; it ran from 2012 to 2013 and featured women buying real estate, usually for the first time. Even though the show isn’t on the air anymore, Rinomato still works as a real estate agent in Toronto for her own company, Sandra Rinomato Realty Inc., and regularly appears on television as an expert in the business.

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8. Brice Cooper

Brice Cooper wasn’t an HGTV host for long, but he definitely made his mark on the channel! He was both a host and a designer on Design on Dime for several seasons, but left the show in 2007 to pursue his new career as a pro racer.

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7. Candice Olson

She helped homeowners renovate their space for eight years as the host of Divine Design on HGTV. When the show was cancelled in 2011 she began focusing on the business end of things with her own brand of home products under the Candice Olson Collection and began appearing on shows like Candice Tells All and HGTV’s Design Star as an expert. Olson also wrote two books, Candice Olson on Design and Candice Olson: Kitchen & Baths.

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6. Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson landed her own show Secrets from a Stylist after she won HGTV’s Design Star. Even though the show ended in 2012, Henderson is still very active in her career. According to her webpage, she wrote and published the book “STYLED” and started her own design firm, Emily Henderson Design. Her focus is now on her popular style blog Style by Emily Henderson.

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5. Kitty Bartholomew

This eccentric designer hosted the HGTV series Kitty Bartholomew: You’re Home for eight years! The show began in the mid ’90s and ran until the early 2000s. Since the show ended she’s kept a low profile and taken a similar route as many other former hosts on this list. She turned to writing and has since published two books, “Designer Knitting With Kitty Bartholomew” and “Kitty Bartholomew’s Decorating Style.”

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4. Paul James

Paul James was a familiar face on HGTV for a long time. He began hosting Gardening in the Yard in 1996, and continued on with the show until it was cancelled in 2009. Not much is known about him since the show ended. He removed himself from the spotlight almost entirely by shutting down his website and social media, but he does make periodic appearances to promote gardening.

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3. Chris Madden

A prominent New York designer, Chris Madden, hosted Interiors by Design on HGTV until it was cancelled in 2003. Since the show ended Madden has focused on growing her business and in 2010 was appointed as a trustee at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to her work with FIT, she published the book “Chris Madden – The Soul of a House: Decorating With Warmth, Style and Comfort.”

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2. Michael Payne

This British designer was the host of HGTV’s Designing for the Sexes until it was cancelled in 2011. After the show was pulled from the channel, he continued to share his knowledge, but this time through his interior decorating business in Los Angles, which is where he currently lives with his wife.

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1. Joan Steffend

Joan Steffend was the enthusiastic and energetic host of Decorating Cents which focused on helping clients decorate a room on the strict budget of $500. The show ran for 400 episodes, but since it was cancelled, Steffend’s career took a whole new direction. According to her blog, she’s taken a more “spiritual” direction with her career by founding the nonprofit, Peace Begins With Me. She also wrote the two books, “And She Sparkled” and “Peace in Peace Out.”

When HGTV launched in 1994, the likes of Mr. T and former Bachelorettes weren’t front and center. The first iteration of the network featured many traditional interior designers and gardeners, and leaned less on celebrity style. And while we just as giddy over today’s Property Brothers as the next fan, we can’t help but pine for the classic shows of HGTV’s infancy, too.

1. Room By Room

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Good ol’ Matt Fox and Shari Hiller launched HGTV’s very first show with Room by Room, which highlighted easy DIY projects and lots of kitschy touches (case in point: this baseball bathroom). The designing duo (who are not married, if you’re curious) still hold the record for the longest-running HGTV show, and today, you can catch up with them and their go-to cornice boards on their blog.

2. Designer’s Challenge

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Before DIY decorating was trendy, Designer’s Challenge had traditionally minded designers compete against each other (very civilly, of course) to win big-budget projects.

And yep, that’s Chris Harrsion (the host of The Bachelor) in front of those floating circles. His new show might be a bit sexier, but we bet he misses the thrill of a good mood board (a.k.a. the original Pinterest board).

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3. Gardening By the Yard

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We’re not sure we’ve come across a more enthusiastic home gardener than the mustachioed Paul James. After all, it takes a true yardwork devotee to want to waltz with a rake.

4. Decorating Cents

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On Joan Steffand’s no-nonsense show, you got just $500 to redecorate a room — and the outcome was often very colorful.

5. Designing For the Sexes

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On this classic show, designer Michael Payne helped opinionated couples (and sometimes, their gigantic dogs) meet in the middle on tough decorating choices.

6. Kitty Bartholomew’s You’re Home

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A true legend in the TV decorating world, Kitty Bartholomew unabashedly made bold choices in her designs. Though she’s been absent from the scene in recent years, a peek at her on-the-market Santa Monica cottage gave fans a glimpse into her home in 2009.

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What shows aired the first year of HGTV’s existence? I started digging around and discovered that the channel debuted in December of 1994 so it was a short first year. According to Wikipedia, it’s original name was Home, Lawn, and Garden Channel and its “major programming themes, unchanged since the beginning, were home building and remodeling, landscaping and gardening, decorating and design, and crafts and hobbies.”

OK, but what were some of the original shows? Thanks to IMDB.com I present the following list and whether or not it made an impression on me 21 years ago as an original viewer.

Room by Room. One of the few on this list I remember. Matt Fox and Shari Hiller, not married, not a couple, decorated rooms. She designed, he did some construction. They’re still working together – see www.mattandshari.com

Company of Animals. Hmm. Don’t remember this one. It starred Marissa Morris and centered on helping people find the perfect pet. HGTV covered pets? Looks like it later aired on DIY Network.

Awesome Interiors. I’ll need more information. Starred Jennifer Convy (daughter of TV’s Bert Convy – getting too obscure?) and Bruce Gray. According to www.jenniferconvy.com, the show ran for 10 years on HGTV! Really?

Breaking Ground. This one sounds slightly familiar. More research uncovers that it focused on landscaping design and construction and starred John Knox and Frances “Sisso” Doyle. More information didn’t help. Don’t remember this one.

Homes Across America. ??? An early House Hunters? Starred Joe Ruggiero whose name is familiar but this show is not coming back to me. It celebrated fine homes across the US and focused on design details. Nope, don’t know it and it is pre-House Hunters – back when there were more decorating and less real estate shows.

Kitty Bartholomew: You’re Home. I remember this one. Who could forget Kitty Bartholomew and her streaks of gray hair? Another design show. So far we’re 4/6 for design shows on this list.

Rooms for Improvement. Another familiar sounding show. Another show with Joe Ruggiero! He was 1994’s Property Brothers – on every show! Another design show (that’s 5/6). Costarred Leslie Uggams. Don’t think I ever saw this one. Wondering about Joe Ruggiero, see www.joeruggiero.com

The Carol Duvall Show. I remember this one! I wish it or something like it was still on. I miss the craft shows (my favorite was That’s Clever/Crafters Coast to Coast – HGTV, please bring this one back!). It included how-to information on making crafts from expert and celebrities and aired for around 10 years on HGTV then another 5 on the DIY Network.

Which were your favorites of the original shows and stars? Any you wish HGTV would bring back?

List of HGTV Shows

HGTV has so many different home and garden shows now. Here is their latest list, with links to the official show websites:

  • 24 Hour Design
  • B. Original
  • Beyond the Box
  • Bought & Sold
  • Buy Me
  • Carter Can
  • Cash in the Attic
  • Color Correction
  • Color Splash
  • Craft Lab
  • Creative Juice
  • Curb Appeal
  • Dear Genevieve
  • Decorating Cents
  • Deserving Design
  • Design on a Dime
  • Design Remix
  • Designed to Sell
  • Designers’ Challenge
  • Desperate Spaces
  • Desperate to Buy
  • Divine Design
  • Don’t Sweat It
  • Dream House
  • Extreme Living
  • Find Your Style
  • FreeStyle
  • Gardener’s Diary
  • Gardening by the Yard
  • Generation Renovation
  • Get Color!
  • Get It Sold
  • Get It Together
  • Get Out, Way Out!
  • Ground Breakers
  • Hammer Heads
  • Haulin’ House
  • HGTV Design Star
  • HGTV On Demand
  • HGTV Summer Showdown
  • Hidden Potential
  • House Detective
  • House Hunters
  • House Hunters International
  • Income Property
  • Junk Brothers
  • Kidspace
  • Knitty Gritty
  • Landscape Smart
  • Landscapers’ Challenge
  • Look What I Did!
  • Mission: Organization
  • My Big Amazing Renovation
  • My First Place
  • My House Is Worth What?
  • My Parents’ House
  • Myles of Style
  • National Open House
  • New Spaces
  • Outer Spaces
  • Over Your Head
  • Property Virgins
  • Rate My Space
  • Rebecca’s Garden
  • Red Hot & Green
  • reDesign
  • Rip & Renew
  • Save My Bath
  • Scrapbooking
  • Secrets That Sell
  • Sensible Chic
  • Sleep On It
  • Small Space, Big Style
  • Special Presentation
  • Spice Up My Kitchen
  • Sweat Equity
  • That’s Clever!
  • The Big Reveal
  • The Property Shop
  • The Stagers
  • The Unsellables
  • Uncommon Threads
  • Urban Outsiders
  • Weekend Warriors
  • What’s With That House?
  • World’s Most Extreme Homes
  • Yard Crashers

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There’s a reliable predictability among dentist offices: The acrid odor of industrial-strength toothpaste. The faint whir of a drill competing with Muzak. Thomas Kinkade Americana landscapes. Well-thumbed issues of Highlights. Molar-shaped planters. And, if there’s a television, Property Brothers or House Hunters distracting you from your impending root canal.

HGTV programming is perfect background filler: innocuous, yet compelling. But its lineup chronicling the triumphs (and tragedies) of houses hunted, flipped, fixed, and transformed is also primal—eminently watchable. In 2018, HGTV shows in prime time averaged 1.3 million viewers, fourth behind Fox News, ESPN, and MSNBC. What began as a how-to home improvement cable upstart is now, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, an American institution, a multimedia empire that has upended how we talk about—and what we expect from—our homes. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances are now as much a part of real-estate calculus as school districts and property taxes. Weekend warriors are now all in on complex repair or build projects. And finding the right accent rug to tie a room together is more than just Big Lebowski roleplay.

Kenneth Lowe (right), along with Frank Gardner (left), launched HGTV in 1994.

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When Kenneth Lowe conceived of HGTV in the early 1990s, the national conversation about where we live was much different—if it existed at all. “Home building home design 20 years ago was this deep, dark mystery. People just didn’t understand it, and a lot of what HGTV has done is educate the public,” Lowe says. “It used to be just shelter—you need a home. Now it’s more about, ‘What’s my lifestyle, what’s my family’s lifestyle, and how’s my home going to best fit and serve it, and how can I design it?’”

Lowe joined the E.W. Scripps Company in 1980 as general manager of its radio stations. (Scripps was best known for its national newspaper empire.) Cable, still in its infancy, was just emerging as a major disruptive force: ESPN launched in 1979, CNN in 1980, and MTV in 1981. But Lowe, a “frustrated architect” who enjoyed working on and building houses, saw an opportunity to marry his hobby and industry experience in this nascent television format. His sense that a niche network devoted to home could work was informed by his time in radio, the publications he saw on newsstands, and rising interest from his friends in discussing who built, designed, and landscaped a house. “The boomer generation was coming of age in the late ’80s, early ’90s relative to focusing on home, and that began this incredible boom,” Lowe recalls.

At the time, the only home-focused TV program was PBS’s popular renovation show This Old House. But Lowe was convinced a home-dedicated cable network would connect with viewers. He was prepared to leave Scripps and shop his idea around, but his CEO wound up backing the idea. Lowe’s elaborate pitch to Scripps’s board of directors included magazine racks overflowing with niche shelter titles. It was a canny way to show print people there was money to be made by seizing the home category on television. And it worked. In 1993, Lowe was given $25 million for Home & Garden Television. In December 1994, HGTV went live.

When HGTV was announced, it was part of a gold rush that included 102 other cable channels, including The Popcorn Network and The Horse Riding Channel. “Honestly, there were low, low expectations,” Lowe says. “I’ve had a lot of doors slammed in my face by cable operators who said, ‘This is too small of an idea, nobody’s really going to watch this, we just can’t see it.’”

The Ultimate List of Home Renovation TV Shows

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There’s nothing like a good home renovation show to get the creative juices flowing. Whether it’s for designing your own home or to give you ideas about buying a foreclosure to flip, these shows can show you the good, bad, and ugly of all things home renovation.

But their surge in popularity means it can be hard to tell which show to watch, or sometimes even find your favorite show when it gets bumped for another. To help, here’s a list of 18 home renovation shows still playing regularly on HGTV and TLC.

1. Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation

  • About: An offshoot of “Beachfront Bargain Hunt,” this show follows home buyers who are willing to buy a home on the beach that needs a little work. Viewers of “Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation” can then see which home is purchased, what renovations were made, and how much the whole thing cost.
  • How long it’s been on air: Three seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation” is on next

2. Big Beach Builds

  • About: Contractor and host Marnie takes old beach homes into new with “Big Beach Builds.” Her goal? To bring to life beach homes on a budget of any size.
  • How long it’s been on air: One season
  • Episodes: Catch “Big Beach Builds” on Mondays at 9:00 pm Eastern

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3. Brother Vs. Brother

  • About: Drew and Jonathan Scott from “Property Brothers” compete with each other on “Brother Vs. Brother”, which takes place in a new city each season. Heating things up another notch, they buy their homes to renovate sight unseen. Each episode highlights the renovation of one room of the house until the entire homes are complete.
  • How long it’s been on air: Six seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Brother Vs. Brother” is on next

4. Desert Flippers

  • About: “Desert Flippers” follows Eric and Lindsey, a couple that moved from Wisconsin to Palm Springs, California and renovate homes to sell for a profit. Each episode takes viewers through a new flip in Palm Springs.
  • How long it’s been on air: Two seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Desert Flippers” is on next

5. Fixer Upper

  • About: A beloved fan favorite, “Fixer Upper” follows Chip and Joanna Gaines as they renovate homes throughout Waco, TX. Each episode they help buyers find a fixer-upper in their favorite neighborhood and then plan the home of their dreams with the money they have left over after the purchase. Although the filming has now come to an end, viewers can watch plenty of past episodes on HGTV.
  • How long it’s been on air: Five seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Fixer Upper” is on next

6. Flip or Flop

  • About: Viewers of “Flip or Flop” can watch hosts Tarek and Christina purchase foreclosed homes in Southern California at auction and then try to flip them for a profit. If the home goes unsold buy the episode air date, it’s considered a flop. Following in the show’s success are “Flip or Flop Atlanta,” “Flip or Flop Fort Worth,” “Flip or Flop Nashville,” and “Flip or Flop Vegas.”
  • How long it’s been on air: Seven seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Flip or Flop” is on next

7. Flipping Virgins

  • About: In “Flipping Virgins,” the latest “Property Virgins” host, Egypt, helps first-time homebuyers buy a renovation property and flip it in an attempt to earn a profit.
  • How long it’s been on air: Three seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Flipping Virgins” is on next

8. Good Bones

  • About: This show features mother and daughter Karen and Mina as they work to revitalize homes in Indianapolis, Indiana. Viewers of Good Bones can see this duo not just renovate homes, but work to add a modern, urban design to homes in their beloved hometown.
  • How long it’s been on air: Three seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Good Bones” is on next

9. Hidden Potential

  • About: Viewers who are tired of looking at cookie cutter homes can watch “Hidden Potential” host Jasmine add new flair to basic homes for buyers in California who want a custom design.
  • How long it’s been on air: One season
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Hidden Potential” is on next

10. Holmes: Next Generation

  • About: Famed contractor Mike Holmes is joined by his adult children in “Holmes: Next Generation,” where they all work to save home renovators from projects gone sideways.
  • How long it’s been on air: One season
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Holmes: Next Generation” is on next

11. House Hunters Renovation

  • About: Long-standing HGTV classic, “House Hunters,” gets its own renovation offshoot with “House Hunters Renovation.” Each episode takes viewers to a new city or town and shows buyers looking to buy a fixer-upper that they can renovate.
  • How long it’s been on air: 13 season
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “House Hunters Renovation” is on next

12. Listed Sisters

  • About: The Property Brothers have some twin competition now that “Listed Sisters” has arrived. Twins Alana and Lex help people renovate their homes so they can sell at a high enough price to get into the home of their dreams.
  • How long it’s been on air: Two seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Listed Sisters” is on next

13. Love It or List It

  • About: Couples don’t always agree on a home, and “Love It or List It” capitalizes on these debates. Real estate agent David shows couples new homes they can move into that fit all their needs while designer Hilary renovates their home to work better for their family. In the end, the couple has to decide if they’re going to “love” their home and stay or “list” it and sell.
  • How long it’s been on air: 13 seasons
  • Episodes: Catch “Love It or List It” on Mondays at 9:00 pm Eastern

14. Love It or List It, Too

  • About: Viewers who love “Love It or List It” can get an extra dose in this Canadian version of the show. In “Love It or List It, Too,” real estate agent Todd shows buyers homes that can work for them while designer Jillian tries to fulfill a renovation that will make the couple want to stay in their home.
  • How long it’s been on air: 8 seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when”Love It or List It, Too” is on next

15. Music City Fix

  • About: Country music husband and wife duo turned house flippers, Kortney and Dave work to flip homes in their city of Nashville, Tennessee. Viewers of “Music City Fix” can watch these two work on tight budgets and timelines to turn rundown properties into profitable homes.
  • How long it’s been on air: One season
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Music City Fix” is on next

16. Nate & Jeremiah by Design

  • About: The first TLC show on this list, “Nate & Jeremiah by Design” follows married designers Nate and Jeremiah as they try to save homebuyers from renovation disasters.
  • How long it’s been on air: Two seasons
  • Episodes: Catch “Nate & Jeremiah by Design” on Saturdays at 9:00 pm Eastern

17. Property Brothers

  • About: One of HGTV’s most popular series, “Property Brothers” follows twin brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott as they convince buyers to go for a fixer-upper in order to get the custom home of their dreams.
  • How long it’s been on air: Twelve seasons
  • Episodes: Catch “Property Brothers” on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm Eastern

18. Property Brothers: Buying + Selling

  • About: Capitalizing on the popularity of the Scott brothers, “Property Brothers: Buying + Selling,” shows real estate agent Drew helping buyers find the home they need while contractor Jonathan renovates their home to increase the value. Drew then helps them sell their home at a price that’ll get them into the dream home he finds for them.
  • How long it’s been on air: Seven seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Property Brothers: Buying + Selling” is on next

19. This Old House

  • About: In this incredibly long-running home renovation show, viewers can watch one house be renovated bit by bit over more than one episode. Dig deep with “This Old House” if you want a close-up on the life of renovation.
  • How long it’s been on air: 39 Seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “This Old House” is on next

20. Trading Spaces

  • About: Another TLC show, “Trading Spaces” this fan-favorite has been brought back to life after a ten-year absence. In this more dramatic of home renovation shows, neighbors agree to renovate one room for each other with only $2,000 and two days to do the work. The results don’t always end in happy tears.
  • How long it’s been on air: Two seasons
  • Episodes: Catch “Trading Spaces” on Saturdays at 8:00 pm Eastern

21. Vintage Flip

  • About: In “Vintage Flip,” hosts Jessie and Tina purchase, renovate, and sell 100-year old homes.
  • How long it’s been on air: Two seasons
  • Episodes: Click here to see when “Vintage Flip” is on next

Other Classic Home Renovation Shows

There are still many home renovation shows that are much loved but not currently airing on a regular schedule. Luckily, you can still find episodes online! Here are a few you might want to check out or revisit:

  • Holmes Inspection
  • Rehab Addict
  • The Vanilla Ice Project

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The Iconic HGTV Shows We Wish Were Still on Television

While we can’t get enough of Fixer Upper and could binge watch House Hunters for hours, there was something great about early 2000s HGTV shows. Those 30-minute redesigns that we could watch without sacrificing a whole hour of our day are the ones we truly miss. You might have forgotten about some of the HGTV shows you used to know and love, but let us jog your memory.

Design on a Dime

The original Pinterest. | HGTV

With the cost of living only getting higher, we need shows that help people improve the look of their homes without spending the equivalent of a down payment. Yes, quartz countertops look fabulous, and so does that Ethan Allen sofa, but we miss Design on a Dime’s low-budget, fun décor tips and tricks — that we could actually afford. Shame on HGTV for getting rid of this super helpful show.

Property Virgins

It was a hard reality check. | Property Virgins via Facebook

The best part about this show was watching the look on the new buyers’ faces when they realized their miniscule budget would not get them a detached home with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Nothing brought first-time home buyers down from the clouds like Property Virgins. Plus, some episodes went into the meaning behind short sale, the term “sold as is” and other important lessons about purchasing a first home. Both Sandra Rinomato and Egypt Sherrod were fun to watch and gave great advice that many of us still need to hear today.

Designers’ Challenge

Designers competed to see their designs through. | HGTV

Nothing against Chip and Joanna or the Property Brothers, but there was something exciting about seeing homeowners look at three completely different designers before choosing the one for their home project. Today, once you’ve seen one episode, you’ve seen a million. HGTV’s designers create homes with same style over and over again (does every home in Waco need shiplap?). Designers’ Challenge had an element of surprise to its designs that the network lacks these days.

Designed to Sell

It was the original version of so many current shows on the network. | HGTV

This was another budget-conscious show that helped people get their homes ready to sell. Unlike Property Brothers: Buying and Selling and Love It or List It, homeowners on this show had a maximum budget of just $2,000 to turn their home around. It had design tips and money-saving tricks to help people increase their home value without decreasing their bank account. Plus, Clive Pearse was the host, and who doesn’t love a fun British accent?

Curb Appeal

HGTV knows that often curb appeal makes the difference. | HGTV

While Fixer Upper does reimagine the exterior of a home, shows like House Hunters: Renovation and Property Brothers almost never touch the home’s exterior. Interior design is usually a bit more interesting, but viewers had a lot to gain from watching Curb Appeal. The show discussed many money-saving tips for getting that perfect landscape. It talked about which plants fare best in which climates and combined fun, stylish colors that most people might be scared to try on their own homes.

Divine Design

It was a luxurious design show. | HGTV

HGTV host Candice Olson had a design style that was more elegant than anything on the network today. Olson had so much creativity; she could transform any space into something extremely classy and sophisticated. Of course, it came at a premium cost. With all of the budget-friendly design shows on television, this made viewers feel spoiled. It added a nice balance to those necessary low-cost shows that were all over the network at the time. Oh, and it had a super catchy tune at the beginning that got stuck in everyone’s heads.

Deserving Design

He helped design a home for a good cause. | HGTV

Vern Yip was one of those designers who also had a family man vibe. Deserving Design was HGTV’s version of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (another show that should be brought back). Yip would help homeowners design a room in their house — then surprise them by designing another one, too. People might plan a nursery but also get a brand new master bedroom or family room. The show made us feel warm and fuzzy inside. We miss it, HGTV.

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