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
A Haunting
A Haunting
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
MythBusters
MythBusters
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Shark Week
Shark Week
Taking Fire
Taking Fire
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
The Colony
The Colony
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Backyard Oil
Backyard Oil
Tickle
Tickle
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Boss Hog
Boss Hog
Treasure Islands
Treasure Islands
Sex Change
Sex Change
Street Outlaws: The Great Pumpkin Smash
Street Outlaws: The Great Pumpkin Smash
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
The Key of David
The Key of David
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Prehistoric
Prehistoric
Next World
Next World
Oddities
Oddities
Mayday
Mayday
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Shark Gordon
Shark Gordon
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Heartland Thunder
Heartland Thunder
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Still Alive
Still Alive
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Pig Bomb
Pig Bomb
Klondike
Klondike
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Supercar Superbuild
Supercar Superbuild
Gold Rush: Legends
Gold Rush: Legends
Hello World!
Hello World!
Sacred Steel Bikes
Sacred Steel Bikes
Gold Rush: Dirt to Riches
Gold Rush: Dirt to Riches
Alaskan Bush People: Bushcraft Chronicles
Alaskan Bush People: Bushcraft Chronicles
Time Warp
Time Warp
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Raging Planet
Raging Planet
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Get Out Alive
Get Out Alive
Cuff Me If You Can
Cuff Me If You Can
Weed Wars
Weed Wars
Weaponology
Weaponology
Discovery Health Specials
Discovery Health Specials
American Guns
American Guns
Prophets of Science Fiction
Prophets of Science Fiction
Medicine Men Go Wild
Medicine Men Go Wild
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Discovery Survival
Discovery Survival
MythBusters, Blockbuster Movie Myths
MythBusters, Blockbuster Movie Myths
Weed Country
Weed Country