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
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Shark Week
Shark Week
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
MythBusters
MythBusters
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
The Colony
The Colony
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
North America
North America
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
A Haunting
A Haunting
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Human Planet
Human Planet
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Mayday
Mayday
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Oddities
Oddities
American Loggers
American Loggers
Clash of the Ozarks
Clash of the Ozarks
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Sex Change
Sex Change
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
The Key of David
The Key of David
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Property Wars
Property Wars
Weed Country
Weed Country
Tickle
Tickle
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Ebola
Ebola
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Head Games
Head Games
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Clash of the Dinosaurs
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
F2: Forensic Factor
F2: Forensic Factor
Licence to Drill
Licence to Drill
Curiosity
Curiosity
The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
Things You Need To Know
Things You Need To Know
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
Ragin Cajuns
Ragin Cajuns
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Blood and Oil
Blood and Oil
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Alien Planet
Alien Planet
Moose Attack!
Moose Attack!
Track Me If You Can
Track Me If You Can
Untamed Alaska
Untamed Alaska
2012 Apocalypse
2012 Apocalypse
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Marooned
Marooned
Chrome Underground
Chrome Underground
American Muscle
American Muscle