Discovery Channel TV Shows

About Discovery Channel

When it debuted in 1985 as a venture of the Cable Educational Network, The Discovery Channel was intended as a venue for educational programming, and its focus was primarily on science- and culture-related documentaries. The channel still relies mostly on non-scripted programming, but in the last decade its serious educational content has been replaced almost entirely by reality-TV programming and series that concentrate more on entertainment than on science.

As cable programming began to shift in the early 2000s from a wide variety of specialized channels in unique niches to more homogeneous reality programming across the dial, Discovery led the way by adding non-science reality shows like "American Chopper." Series such as "Mythbusters" retained the channel's original educational spirit but repackaged it in a more entertaining, mainstream-friendly format.

By the second decade of the twenty-first century, Discovery's schedule was filled almost entirely with reality series, with series such as "Deadliest Catch," "Dirty Jobs," "American Loggers," "Moonshiners," "Swamp Loggers," "Sons of Guns" and "Gold Rush" giving the channel a predominantly blue collar, male-oriented focus. Other reality niches covered by the channel include auto modification ("Desert Car Kings, "Fast N' Loud") and wilderness survival ("Man, Woman, Wild," "Dual Survival," "Naked and Afraid").

Discovery began its popular annual "Shark Week" programming in 1987, and the annual event continues, although it's been subject to criticism in recent years for an alleged descent into pseudo-science and sensationalism.

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A Haunting
A Haunting
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
The Colony
The Colony
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Mayday
Mayday
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
The Wheel
The Wheel
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
MythBusters
MythBusters
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Shark Week
Shark Week
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
American Guns
American Guns
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Everest Rescue
Everest Rescue
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Canada's Worst Driver
Canada's Worst Driver
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Lone Target
Lone Target
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Rusted Development
Rusted Development
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Treasure Islands
Treasure Islands
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Property Wars
Property Wars
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Next World
Next World
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Shark Gordon
Shark Gordon
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
The Key of David
The Key of David
Curiosity
Curiosity
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Klondike
Klondike
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Discovery Specials
Discovery Specials
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Dual Survival: Untamed
Dual Survival: Untamed
Alaskan Bush People: Origins
Alaskan Bush People: Origins
Gold Rush: Dirt to Riches
Gold Rush: Dirt to Riches
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Killing the Colorado
Killing the Colorado
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
One Way Out
One Way Out
Extreme Loggers
Extreme Loggers
Raging Planet
Raging Planet
Smash Lab
Smash Lab
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Worst Case Scenario
Worst Case Scenario
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Out of the Wild
Out of the Wild
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
War Heroes
War Heroes
I Faked My Own Death
I Faked My Own Death
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Marley Africa Road Trip
Marley Africa Road Trip
Backyard Oil
Backyard Oil
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
Philly Throttle
Philly Throttle