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
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Shark Week
Shark Week
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
MythBusters
MythBusters
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Mayday
Mayday
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Oddities
Oddities
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
A Haunting
A Haunting
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Human Planet
Human Planet
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Telescope
Telescope
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Sex Change
Sex Change
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
The Key of David
The Key of David
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Curiosity
Curiosity
Carfellas
Carfellas
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Tickle
Tickle
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Ebola
Ebola
Gold Rush: Legends
Gold Rush: Legends
Time Warp
Time Warp
Destroyed in Seconds
Destroyed in Seconds
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Verminators
Verminators
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
The Colony
The Colony
Swords: Life on the Line
Swords: Life on the Line
Megabuilders
Megabuilders
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Anatomy of a Shark Bite
Anatomy of a Shark Bite
F2: Forensic Factor
F2: Forensic Factor
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
I Faked My Own Death
I Faked My Own Death
First Week In
First Week In
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
Bounty Wars
Bounty Wars
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Weed Country
Weed Country
World's Toughest Drive
World's Toughest Drive
North America
North America
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
China's Mega Dam
China's Mega Dam