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
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Shark Week
Shark Week
MythBusters
MythBusters
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Oddities
Oddities
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Sons of Winter
Sons of Winter
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
American Guns
American Guns
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
A Haunting
A Haunting
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Curiosity
Curiosity
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Siberian Cut
Siberian Cut
Human Planet
Human Planet
Sex Change
Sex Change
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Klondike
Klondike
Rods N' Wheels
Rods N' Wheels
F2: Forensic Factor
F2: Forensic Factor
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
The Colony
The Colony
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Mayday
Mayday
Out of the Wild
Out of the Wild
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
North America
North America
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Moose Attack!
Moose Attack!
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Big Giant Swords
Big Giant Swords
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Swords: Life on the Line
Swords: Life on the Line
Next World
Next World
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Tornado Rampage 2011
Tornado Rampage 2011
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Lone Target
Lone Target
Clash of the Ozarks
Clash of the Ozarks
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Highway To Sell
Highway To Sell
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Time Warp
Time Warp
Wreckreation Nation
Wreckreation Nation
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
American Loggers
American Loggers
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Raging Planet
Raging Planet
FutureWeapons
FutureWeapons
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Ultimate Car Build Off
Ultimate Car Build Off
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering