HGTV – Back in the Day

This is a repost from earlier this month as I rebuild the site.


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 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

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, 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

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?


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