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
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
MythBusters
MythBusters
Shark Week
Shark Week
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Oddities
Oddities
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Lone Target
Lone Target
Out of the Wild
Out of the Wild
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
American Tarzan
American Tarzan
A Haunting
A Haunting
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Penn & Teller: Tell a Lie
Penn & Teller: Tell a Lie
Property Wars
Property Wars
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Sex Change
Sex Change
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Tickle
Tickle
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
The Colony
The Colony
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Weed Country
Weed Country
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Worst Case Scenario
Worst Case Scenario
Weed Wars
Weed Wars
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Monsters Resurrected
Monsters Resurrected
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Pot Cops
Pot Cops
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
The Key of David
The Key of David
Street Outlaws: New Orleans: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: New Orleans: Full Throttle
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
After The Catch
After The Catch
Extreme Loggers
Extreme Loggers
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Bristol Bay Brawl
Bristol Bay Brawl
Planet Earth Extremes
Planet Earth Extremes
Surviving Death
Surviving Death
Daily Planet
Daily Planet
FutureWeapons
FutureWeapons
Smash Lab
Smash Lab
Heartland Thunder
Heartland Thunder
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Canada's Worst Driver
Canada's Worst Driver
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
Cuff Me If You Can
Cuff Me If You Can
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Nerve Center
Nerve Center
War Heroes
War Heroes
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Best of Discovery Channel
Best of Discovery Channel
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Ghost Town Gold
Ghost Town Gold
North America
North America
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
China's Mega Dam
China's Mega Dam
Secrets of SEAL Team 6
Secrets of SEAL Team 6
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
2012 Apocalypse
2012 Apocalypse
Mayday! Bering Sea
Mayday! Bering Sea
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Boss Hog
Boss Hog