Discovery Channel TV Shows

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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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Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
MythBusters
MythBusters
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Shark Week
Shark Week
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
A Haunting
A Haunting
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Sex Change
Sex Change
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Oddities
Oddities
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Mayday
Mayday
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
American Loggers
American Loggers
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
North America
North America
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Weed Country
Weed Country
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
The Colony
The Colony
Real Interrogations
Real Interrogations
Klondike
Klondike
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Human Planet
Human Planet
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Big Giant Swords
Big Giant Swords
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
Clash of the Ozarks
Clash of the Ozarks
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
The Science of Sex Appeal
The Science of Sex Appeal
Boss Hog
Boss Hog
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Property Wars
Property Wars
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Last One Standing
Last One Standing
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Tickle
Tickle
Pot Cops
Pot Cops
Tornado Rampage 2011
Tornado Rampage 2011
American Guns
American Guns
Out Of The Wild: Venezuela
Out Of The Wild: Venezuela
Weaponology
Weaponology
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Sunrise Earth International
Sunrise Earth International
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Things You Need To Know
Things You Need To Know
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Daily Planet
Daily Planet
American Muscle
American Muscle
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Highway To Sell
Highway To Sell
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Kodiak
Kodiak
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
Worst Case Scenario
Worst Case Scenario
Everest Avalanche Tragedy
Everest Avalanche Tragedy
Rods N' Wheels
Rods N' Wheels
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Raging Planet
Raging Planet
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
Heartland Thunder
Heartland Thunder
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Backyard Oil
Backyard Oil
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Explosions Gone Wrong
Explosions Gone Wrong
Ultimate Car Build Off
Ultimate Car Build Off
Carfellas
Carfellas
Discovery Atlas
Discovery Atlas
Air Boss
Air Boss
Saint Hoods
Saint Hoods
Howe & Howe Tech
Howe & Howe Tech
Wildest Islands
Wildest Islands
Turn & Burn
Turn & Burn
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Wreckreation Nation
Wreckreation Nation
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Married to a Murderer
Married to a Murderer
Curiosity
Curiosity
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
MythBusters, Car Myths: Under the Hood
MythBusters, Car Myths: Under the Hood
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Penguins: Waddle All the Way
Penguins: Waddle All the Way
American Treasures
American Treasures
Prototype This!
Prototype This!
Junk Raiders
Junk Raiders
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Desert Car Kings
Desert Car Kings
Shipwreck Men
Shipwreck Men
Lone Target
Lone Target
MegaWorld
MegaWorld
Time Warp
Time Warp
Marley Africa Road Trip
Marley Africa Road Trip
Arctic Roughnecks
Arctic Roughnecks
Weed Wars
Weed Wars
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
Speed of Life
Speed of Life
Discovery Strikes Gold
Discovery Strikes Gold
Waterfront Cities of the World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
The Presidents' Gatekeepers
The Presidents' Gatekeepers
The Detonators
The Detonators
Poker Underground
Poker Underground
Discovery Specials
Discovery Specials
World's Toughest Drive
World's Toughest Drive
Secret Life of Money
Secret Life of Money
Casino Secrets
Casino Secrets
Tigress Blood
Tigress Blood
Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia
Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Ebola
Ebola
Moonshiners: Outlaw Cuts
Moonshiners: Outlaw Cuts
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Backyard Oil: Kentucky Boom
Backyard Oil: Kentucky Boom
Billy Bob's Gags to Riches
Billy Bob's Gags to Riches
Rival Survival
Rival Survival
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
Silver Rush
Silver Rush
Skyscraper Live
Skyscraper Live
Fire in the Hole
Fire in the Hole
Secret Life of Formula One
Secret Life of Formula One
Gold Rush: The Dirt
Gold Rush: The Dirt
Last Tiger Standing
Last Tiger Standing
Hustling the House
Hustling the House
The Fighters
The Fighters
Big as Life: Obesity in America
Big as Life: Obesity in America
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Untamed Alaska
Untamed Alaska
Pig Bomb
Pig Bomb
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
Alaska: Most Extreme
Alaska: Most Extreme