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
A Haunting
A Haunting
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
MythBusters
MythBusters
The Colony
The Colony
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Shark Week
Shark Week
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Rusted Development
Rusted Development
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Oddities
Oddities
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Lone Target
Lone Target
Street Outlaws: Going the Distance
Street Outlaws: Going the Distance
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Street Outlaws: The Great Pumpkin Smash
Street Outlaws: The Great Pumpkin Smash
The Key of David
The Key of David
Still Alive
Still Alive
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Next World
Next World
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Treasure Islands
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Shark Gordon
Alaskan Bush People: Bush Engineering
Alaskan Bush People: Bush Engineering
American Guns
American Guns
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Taking Fire
Taking Fire
Moonshiners: Art of the 'Shine
Moonshiners: Art of the 'Shine
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Ultimate Car Build Off
Ultimate Car Build Off
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Hello World!
Hello World!
Gold Rush: Dirt to Riches
Gold Rush: Dirt to Riches
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Gold Fever
Gold Fever
Mayday
Mayday
Adrenaline Rush Hour
Adrenaline Rush Hour
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Daily Planet
Daily Planet
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Canada's Worst Driver
Canada's Worst Driver
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod
Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod
Out Of The Wild: Venezuela
Out Of The Wild: Venezuela
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Weed Wars
Weed Wars
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Best of Discovery Channel
Best of Discovery Channel
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Mayday! Bering Sea
Mayday! Bering Sea
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America