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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Shark Week
Shark Week
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
MythBusters
MythBusters
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
A Haunting
A Haunting
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Sex Change
Sex Change
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
American Muscle
American Muscle
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Mayday
Mayday
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Lords of the Car Hoards
Lords of the Car Hoards
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Oddities
Oddities
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
Marley Africa Road Trip
Marley Africa Road Trip
Klondike
Klondike
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Curiosity
Curiosity
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Cuff Me If You Can
Cuff Me If You Can
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
North America
North America
Best of Discovery Channel
Best of Discovery Channel
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
MegaWorld
MegaWorld
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Real Interrogations
Real Interrogations
Things You Need To Know
Things You Need To Know
Human Planet
Human Planet
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Boss Hog
Boss Hog
2012 Apocalypse
2012 Apocalypse
Backyard Oil
Backyard Oil
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
Carfellas
Carfellas
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Sunrise Earth International
Sunrise Earth International
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Property Wars
Property Wars
Desert Car Kings
Desert Car Kings
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Shark After Dark
Shark After Dark
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab