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
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Ebola
Ebola
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
MythBusters
MythBusters
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Shark Week
Shark Week
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
A Haunting
A Haunting
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
The Colony
The Colony
Oddities
Oddities
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Sex Change
Sex Change
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Mayday
Mayday
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Highway To Sell
Highway To Sell
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
American Underworld
American Underworld
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
American Muscle
American Muscle
Klondike
Klondike
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Human Planet
Human Planet
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
Shipwreck Men
Shipwreck Men
How Booze Built America
How Booze Built America
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
Tornado Rampage 2011
Tornado Rampage 2011
American Loggers
American Loggers
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
Junk Raiders
Junk Raiders
Big as Life: Obesity in America
Big as Life: Obesity in America
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Tickle
Tickle
American Guns
American Guns
Real Interrogations
Real Interrogations
Boss Hog
Boss Hog
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Curiosity
Curiosity
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Hustling the House
Hustling the House
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Siberian Cut
Siberian Cut
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
North America
North America
Saint Hoods
Saint Hoods
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Clash of the Ozarks
Clash of the Ozarks
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Time Warp
Time Warp
Lords of the Car Hoards
Lords of the Car Hoards