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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Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
MythBusters
MythBusters
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Shark Week
Shark Week
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Out of the Wild
Out of the Wild
Monsters Resurrected
Monsters Resurrected
Blue Collar Backers
Blue Collar Backers
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Human Planet
Human Planet
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Blood and Oil (2010)
Blood and Oil (2010)
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
A Haunting
A Haunting
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Sex Change
Sex Change
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Weed Wars
Weed Wars
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
The Key of David
The Key of David
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Curiosity
Curiosity
Discovery Health Specials
Discovery Health Specials
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Ragin Cajuns
Ragin Cajuns
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Pot Cops
Pot Cops
American Underworld
American Underworld
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
#bikerlive
#bikerlive
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Airplane Repo: Wheels Up
Airplane Repo: Wheels Up
Gold Rush: Legends
Gold Rush: Legends
American Tarzan
American Tarzan
Time Warp
Time Warp
The Detonators
The Detonators
One Way Out
One Way Out
Fight Quest
Fight Quest
Pitchmen
Pitchmen
Swords: Life on the Line
Swords: Life on the Line
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Next World
Next World
Worst Case Scenario
Worst Case Scenario
Heartland Thunder
Heartland Thunder
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Arctic Air
Arctic Air
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
Mayday
Mayday
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
The Science of Sex Appeal
The Science of Sex Appeal
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Property Wars
Property Wars
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Marley Africa Road Trip
Marley Africa Road Trip
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius