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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Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
MythBusters
MythBusters
Shark Week
Shark Week
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
A Haunting
A Haunting
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Oddities
Oddities
Land Rush
Land Rush
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Curiosity
Curiosity
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Human Planet
Human Planet
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
American Loggers
American Loggers
After The Catch
After The Catch
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Property Wars
Property Wars
North America
North America
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Destroyed in Seconds
Destroyed in Seconds
The Colony
The Colony
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Discovery Atlas
Discovery Atlas
Mayday
Mayday
Weaponology
Weaponology
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Real Interrogations
Real Interrogations
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Klondike
Klondike
#bikerlive
#bikerlive
Time Warp
Time Warp
One Way Out
One Way Out
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Is It Possible?
Is It Possible?
Next World
Next World
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
F2: Forensic Factor
F2: Forensic Factor
Out of the Wild
Out of the Wild
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Desert Car Kings
Desert Car Kings
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Weed Wars
Weed Wars
Sex Change
Sex Change
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
American Guns
American Guns
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
MythBusters: Big Blasts Collection
MythBusters: Big Blasts Collection
Mobster Confessions
Mobster Confessions
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
The Science of Sex Appeal
The Science of Sex Appeal
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice