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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Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
MythBusters
MythBusters
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Shark Week
Shark Week
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
A Haunting
A Haunting
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Sex Change
Sex Change
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Oddities
Oddities
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
F2: Forensic Factor
F2: Forensic Factor
Curiosity
Curiosity
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
North America
North America
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
American Guns
American Guns
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
American Loggers
American Loggers
The Colony
The Colony
Raging Planet
Raging Planet
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Weaponology
Weaponology
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Everest Avalanche Tragedy
Everest Avalanche Tragedy
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Time Warp
Time Warp
Prototype This!
Prototype This!
The Detonators
The Detonators
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Wreckreation Nation
Wreckreation Nation
Fight Quest
Fight Quest
Last One Standing
Last One Standing
Speed of Life
Speed of Life
Junk Raiders
Junk Raiders
MegaWorld
MegaWorld
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
Mayday
Mayday
American Treasures
American Treasures
Human Planet
Human Planet
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Married to a Murderer
Married to a Murderer
Real Interrogations
Real Interrogations
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
The Science of Sex Appeal
The Science of Sex Appeal
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
Shipwreck Men
Shipwreck Men
Marley Africa Road Trip
Marley Africa Road Trip
Saint Hoods
Saint Hoods
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Turn & Burn
Turn & Burn
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
Explosions Gone Wrong
Explosions Gone Wrong
Arctic Roughnecks
Arctic Roughnecks
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Penguins: Waddle All the Way
Penguins: Waddle All the Way
Lone Target
Lone Target
Klondike
Klondike
Bar Hunters
Bar Hunters
Wildest Islands
Wildest Islands
Air Boss
Air Boss
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Fire in the Hole
Fire in the Hole
Destroyed in Seconds
Destroyed in Seconds
Adrenaline Rush Hour
Adrenaline Rush Hour
One Way Out
One Way Out
Into The Unknown With Josh Bernstein
Into The Unknown With Josh Bernstein
Discovery Project Earth
Discovery Project Earth
Verminators
Verminators
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth
Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth
Pitchmen
Pitchmen
Doing Da Vinci
Doing Da Vinci
After The Catch
After The Catch
Moments of Impact
Moments of Impact
Extreme Loggers
Extreme Loggers
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Swords: Life on the Line
Swords: Life on the Line
Out Of Egypt
Out Of Egypt
Megabuilders
Megabuilders
Head Games
Head Games
Lobstermen
Lobstermen
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Clash of the Dinosaurs
Blood for the Gods
Blood for the Gods
Motor City Motors
Motor City Motors
Howe & Howe Tech
Howe & Howe Tech
Bristol Bay Brawl
Bristol Bay Brawl
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Factory Made
Factory Made
Flipped: A Mobster Tells All
Flipped: A Mobster Tells All
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Surviving Death
Surviving Death
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Daily Planet
Daily Planet
Atlas 4D
Atlas 4D
Is It Possible?
Is It Possible?
Cosmic Collisions
Cosmic Collisions
Construction Intervention
Construction Intervention
FutureWeapons
FutureWeapons
Going Tribal
Going Tribal
Next World
Next World
Smash Lab
Smash Lab
What a Tool
What a Tool
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Worst Case Scenario
Worst Case Scenario
Ultimate Car Build Off
Ultimate Car Build Off
Heartland Thunder
Heartland Thunder
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Fearless Planet
Fearless Planet
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
Bad Universe
Bad Universe
Discovery Atlas
Discovery Atlas
Sea Nation
Sea Nation
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman
I Could Do That
I Could Do That
Snow Men
Snow Men
Canada's Worst Driver
Canada's Worst Driver
Licence to Drill
Licence to Drill
Get Out Alive
Get Out Alive
Arctic Air
Arctic Air
Wild Animal Repo
Wild Animal Repo
Health Gets Personal
Health Gets Personal
Out of the Wild
Out of the Wild
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Desert Car Kings
Desert Car Kings
Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod
Toughest Race on Earth: Iditarod
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Out Of The Wild: Venezuela
Out Of The Wild: Venezuela
Cuff Me If You Can
Cuff Me If You Can
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Mega Engineering
Mega Engineering
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Nerve Center
Nerve Center
Deception with Keith Barry
Deception with Keith Barry
Waterfront Cities of the World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
Life on a Wire
Life on a Wire
One Man Army
One Man Army
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Discovery Presents
Discovery Presents