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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Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
MythBusters
MythBusters
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
American Guns
American Guns
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Shark Week
Shark Week
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Oddities
Oddities
A Haunting
A Haunting
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Human Planet
Human Planet
Sex Change
Sex Change
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
American Loggers
American Loggers
Swords: Life on the Line
Swords: Life on the Line
Raging Planet
Raging Planet
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
North America
North America
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Boss Hog
Boss Hog
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
American Muscle
American Muscle
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Sons of Winter
Sons of Winter
Unearthed
Unearthed
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Fight Quest
Fight Quest
Last One Standing
Last One Standing
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Speed of Life
Speed of Life
Junk Raiders
Junk Raiders
MegaWorld
MegaWorld
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
American Treasures
American Treasures
Weaponology
Weaponology
Married to a Murderer
Married to a Murderer
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Property Wars
Property Wars
One Car Too Far
One Car Too Far
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
How Booze Built America
How Booze Built America
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Shipwreck Men
Shipwreck Men
Marley Africa Road Trip
Marley Africa Road Trip
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
Discovery Specials
Discovery Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Turn & Burn
Turn & Burn