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
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
A Haunting
A Haunting
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
MythBusters
MythBusters
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Penn & Teller: Tell a Lie
Penn & Teller: Tell a Lie
Shark Week
Shark Week
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
North America
North America
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Venom Hunters
Venom Hunters
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
The Colony
The Colony
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Oddities
Oddities
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Human Planet
Human Planet
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Curiosity
Curiosity
Property Wars
Property Wars
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Weed Country
Weed Country
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Sex Change
Sex Change
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
The Key of David
The Key of David
Street Outlaws: New Orleans: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: New Orleans: Full Throttle
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
Mayday
Mayday
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
American Muscle
American Muscle
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Time Warp
Time Warp
One Way Out
One Way Out
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Solving History with Olly Steeds
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Raging Planet
Raging Planet
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Canada's Worst Driver
Canada's Worst Driver
Licence to Drill
Licence to Drill
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Out of the Wild
Out of the Wild
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Mega Engineering
Mega Engineering
Deception with Keith Barry
Deception with Keith Barry
Weed Wars
Weed Wars
Dirty Money
Dirty Money
War Heroes
War Heroes
Things You Need To Know
Things You Need To Know
Medicine Men Go Wild
Medicine Men Go Wild
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
Best of Discovery Channel
Best of Discovery Channel
Ragin Cajuns
Ragin Cajuns
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
Silver Rush
Silver Rush