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
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Killer Kids
Killer Kids
MythBusters
MythBusters
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
A Haunting
A Haunting
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
The Colony
The Colony
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Sex Change
Sex Change
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
American Muscle
American Muscle
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Mayday
Mayday
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Clash of the Ozarks
Clash of the Ozarks
Klondike
Klondike
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Siberian Cut
Siberian Cut
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
North America
North America
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Marley Africa Road Trip
Marley Africa Road Trip
Boss Hog
Boss Hog
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Oddities
Oddities
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Curiosity
Curiosity
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Cuff Me If You Can
Cuff Me If You Can
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Human Planet
Human Planet
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
How Booze Built America
How Booze Built America
American Loggers
American Loggers
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Property Wars
Property Wars
Smash Lab
Smash Lab
Apocalypse How
Apocalypse How
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Desert Car Kings
Desert Car Kings
Best of Discovery Channel
Best of Discovery Channel
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
The Detonators
The Detonators
Real Interrogations
Real Interrogations
2012 Apocalypse
2012 Apocalypse
Doing Da Vinci
Doing Da Vinci
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Shark Gordon
Shark Gordon