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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Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Shark Week
Shark Week
MythBusters
MythBusters
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Highway To Sell
Highway To Sell
A Haunting
A Haunting
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Ebola
Ebola
Tigress Blood
Tigress Blood
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Sex Change
Sex Change
Mayday
Mayday
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Junk Raiders
Junk Raiders
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Treasure Islands
Treasure Islands
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
The Colony
The Colony
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Oddities
Oddities
American Loggers
American Loggers
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Curiosity
Curiosity
Real Interrogations
Real Interrogations
Weed Country
Weed Country
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Hustling the House
Hustling the House
Klondike
Klondike
Human Planet
Human Planet
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Time Warp
Time Warp
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Raging Planet
Raging Planet
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
Last Tiger Standing
Last Tiger Standing
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Dolphins: The Ultimate Guide
Dolphins: The Ultimate Guide
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Backyard Oil
Backyard Oil
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Poker Underground
Poker Underground
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Lords of the Car Hoards
Lords of the Car Hoards
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Discovery Presents
Discovery Presents
Out Of Egypt
Out Of Egypt
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
North America
North America
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
How Booze Built America
How Booze Built America
Air Boss
Air Boss
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
MythBusters, Blockbuster Movie Myths
MythBusters, Blockbuster Movie Myths