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
Ebola
Ebola
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
MythBusters
MythBusters
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Shark Week
Shark Week
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
A Haunting
A Haunting
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Sex Change
Sex Change
Oddities
Oddities
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Highway To Sell
Highway To Sell
American Loggers
American Loggers
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
The Colony
The Colony
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Mayday
Mayday
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Klondike
Klondike
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Human Planet
Human Planet
Hustling the House
Hustling the House
American Underworld
American Underworld
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
American Muscle
American Muscle
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
Clash of the Ozarks
Clash of the Ozarks
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Siberian Cut
Siberian Cut
Cuff Me If You Can
Cuff Me If You Can
Tickle
Tickle
Shipwreck Men
Shipwreck Men
Big as Life: Obesity in America
Big as Life: Obesity in America
First Week In
First Week In
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
How Booze Built America
How Booze Built America
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Dolphins: The Ultimate Guide
Dolphins: The Ultimate Guide
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Weed Country
Weed Country
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
Curiosity
Curiosity
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
One Car Too Far
One Car Too Far
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?