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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Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
MythBusters
MythBusters
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Mayday
Mayday
Shark Week
Shark Week
A Haunting
A Haunting
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Sex Change
Sex Change
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Oddities
Oddities
North America
North America
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Discovery Specials
Discovery Specials
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Human Planet
Human Planet
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Klondike
Klondike
Curiosity
Curiosity
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Best of Discovery Channel
Best of Discovery Channel
Weed Country
Weed Country
Weaponology
Weaponology
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
F2: Forensic Factor
F2: Forensic Factor
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Ebola
Ebola
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
American Guns
American Guns
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Highway To Sell
Highway To Sell
American Loggers
American Loggers
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
Big as Life: Obesity in America
Big as Life: Obesity in America
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Tickle
Tickle
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Best Evidence
Best Evidence
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Real Interrogations
Real Interrogations
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Weed Wars
Weed Wars
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler