HGTV’s Best Shows and How to Get Them
HGTV, short for Home & Garden Television, is a popular Discovery, Inc. and Scripps Networks channel. Originally its programming focused on how-to shows for home improvement and gardening. Now it’s a hotspot for home-buying and renovation reality TV shows.
Most HGTV shows are formulaic and repetitive, but there’s something addictive about them. Whether you’re a renter dreaming of your first home or a homeowner looking to upgrade, HGTV provides us all with a beautiful fantasy where an open-concept with hardwood floors is just within reach.
Which TV packages include HGTV?
Because HGTV is a basic cable channel, you can get it with almost any cable package. To compare TV providers in your area, enter your zip code below:
Once you know which providers you have to choose from, check the popular providers below to find the cheapest ways to watch HGTV:
|Provider||Our Recommended Package||Introductory Price||Channel Count||Contract Length|
|AT&T U-verse||U-Family||$35.00/mo. for 12 months||200+ channels||1 year|
|DIRECTV||SELECT™||$35.00/mo. for 12 months $77.00/mo. after first year||155+ channels||2 years|
|Xfinity||Digital Starter||$49.99/mo. for 12 months||140+ channels||1 year|
|DISH||America's Top 120||$59.99/mo. for 24 months||190 channels||2 years|
|Spectrum||TV Select||$64.99/mo. for 12 months||125+ channels||No contract|
|Cox||Contour TV||$64.99/mo. for 12 months||140+ channels||No contract|
|Frontier||FiOS TV Prime HD||$75.99/mo. for 12 months||315+ channels||No contract|
|Live Streaming Service||Our Recommended Plan||Price||Channel Count|
|Sling TV||Sling Orange||$20.00/mo.||32 channels|
|Hulu Live TV||Hulu with Live TV||$39.99/mo.||50+ channels|
|DIRECTV NOW||Live a Little||$35.00/mo.||80+ channels|
Popular HGTV Shows
Despite the common thread of home-purchasing and renovation, HGTV shows differentiate themselves by their charming hosts or unique spin on the home-buying reality TV show formula.
In their town of Waco, Texas, hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines breathe new life into their community and the old homes within it. While Chip handles realty and construction, Joanna takes the lead in home design. Both feature as part-time therapists to the guest homebuyers who can’t see the great bones these old homes have.
Joanna also runs Magnolia Market, a shop where she sells many of the statement pieces that decorate finished homes on the show.
While Fixer Upper is a huge fan-favorite, Chip and Jo announced the fifth season would be their final one. The couple made it apparent that they’re plain tuckered out and need a break.
Who can resist Drew Scott’s sharp suits and Jonathan Scott’s rugged physique? No one, that’s who. Together, these dream-team twins convince people to buy a fixer-upper and let them use their unique skills to turn it into a dream home.
Unlike many other HGTV shows, House Hunters doesn’t have hosts. What it does have is prospective buyers with very specific desires, and agents scrambling to find their perfect home.
The format is so popular that HGTV has a few spin-off series. On House Hunters International, the buyers struggle to find a home in a foreign country and often end up learning to adjust their expectations to fit a new culture’s idea of what makes a good home.
And on Tiny House Hunters, buyers look to downsize their lives to fit into smaller spaces. Tiny homes can be an affordable alternative to traditional housing, but letting go of tradition is easier said than done, especially when you have to figure out where you’re going to put all your stuff.
Foreclosures, short sales, and bank-owned homes sell for cheap—but it’s hard to know if one of these auctioned properties will be a diamond in the rough or just a waste of cash. Tarek and Christina El Moussa take the risk to see if they can remodel and sell these homes or if they’ll be a big flop.
If you have a dream of weekends by a peaceful lake but not a lot of dough, Lakefront Bargain Hunt is the show for you. Families tour fixer-uppers and surprising finds on their search for the perfect (yet affordable) getaway. The latest season features a variety of locations, from Nepco Lake, Wisconsin, to Greenville, South Carolina.
Fans of House Hunters International can enjoy learning how Americans adapt to everyday life in a foreign city with Living Abroad. Lifestyle expert Chi-Lan Lieu travels around the world to meet expat families and see how they’ve adjusted and thrived abroad.
Have you ever woken up and thought, “Man, it would be great to live in a box”? It’s a weird thought, sure, but the guests of Container Homes had it—and they ran with it. Even stranger, a lot of these shipping container homes are downright beautiful to behold.
If you’ve watched any HGTV at all, you’ve probably heard the term “good bones” used to describe a home’s solid floor plan or unique features. Mother and daughter Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak transform hidden treasures with “good bones” in their hometown of Indianapolis.
HGTV hasn’t completely abandoned the “G” in its name—Yard Crashers is dedicated to gardens. Landscape professionals Ahmad Hassan, Matt Blashaw, and Chris Lambton find DIYers at home improvement stores, then follow them home with a team of professionals to upgrade their yard.
HGTV Show Graveyard
Before the flashy digital designs of the Property Brothers and the cash-driven drama of Flip or Flop, HGTV was a simpler network focused on DIY and upgrading on a budget.
Yes, this show has a hokey soundtrack and drags when guest experts aren’t fast-talking TV celebs, but Paul James “The Gardener Guy” knows his stuff. And unlike home design trends, garden care is perennial, so there’s still a lot to learn from these old episodes.
Dear Genevieve is proof that you don’t have to move a load-bearing wall to have a beautiful living room. Genevieve Gorder solved viewers’ submitted problems to help them love the homes they were in.
Decorating Cents was all about using what you already had to make your space shine, and buying other accent pieces without breaking the bank. This show was on before Pinterest was on the scene, so Joan Steffend’s “Trash to Treasure” segment was a true DIY gem.
Take part in HGTV.
If you want to do more than just watch your favorite HGTV shows, it’s easy to join in on the home-and-garden fun.
Come home to HGTV.
However you watch HGTV, you have to admit it’s relaxing to slip into a world where the most important thing is a home that looks nice. We all need some of that in our life.
In the comments below, tell us what your favorite HGTV show is. Then go treat yourself to an episode or two!
Rachel has spent the past two years at CableTV.com writing articles that demystify hidden fees, DVRs, sound systems, and more. She makes door-to-door DISH and DIRECTV salespeople uncomfortable with her in-depth questions—but if that’s what it takes to get you the best TV experience, she’s happy to do it. In addition to writing for CableTV.com, Rachel’s work has been featured on Today.com, TechGuySmartBuy.com, HowtoWatch.com, and SatelliteInternet.com.