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
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Shark Week
Shark Week
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
MythBusters
MythBusters
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
American Tarzan
American Tarzan
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Tickle
Tickle
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Out of the Wild
Out of the Wild
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
The Colony
The Colony
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Lone Target
Lone Target
Boss Hog
Boss Hog
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Rival Survival
Rival Survival
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
A Haunting
A Haunting
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
The Key of David
The Key of David
Sex Change
Sex Change
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
Human Planet
Human Planet
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Oddities
Oddities
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Blood and Oil
Blood and Oil
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Factory Made
Factory Made
Flipped: A Mobster Tells All
Flipped: A Mobster Tells All
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Daily Planet
Daily Planet
Is It Possible?
Is It Possible?
Ultimate Car Build Off
Ultimate Car Build Off
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman
Licence to Drill
Licence to Drill
Nightmare in Suburbia
Nightmare in Suburbia
The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
The Science of Sex Appeal
The Science of Sex Appeal
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Weed Country
Weed Country
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Secrets of SEAL Team 6
Secrets of SEAL Team 6
Megaquake: Hour That Shook Japan
Megaquake: Hour That Shook Japan
Extreme Drug Smuggling
Extreme Drug Smuggling
Tornado Rampage 2011
Tornado Rampage 2011
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
2012 Apocalypse
2012 Apocalypse
Mayday! Bering Sea
Mayday! Bering Sea
Naked After Dark
Naked After Dark
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Wildest Islands
Wildest Islands