Discovery Channel TV Shows

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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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Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
MythBusters
MythBusters
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Shark Week
Shark Week
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Mayday
Mayday
A Haunting
A Haunting
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Sex Change
Sex Change
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
North America
North America
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Oddities
Oddities
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
American Loggers
American Loggers
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Klondike
Klondike
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Submarine: Hidden Hunters Collection
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Weed Country
Weed Country
Human Planet
Human Planet
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
F2: Forensic Factor
F2: Forensic Factor
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
Clash of the Ozarks
Clash of the Ozarks
Curiosity
Curiosity
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Big Giant Swords
Big Giant Swords
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Howe & Howe Tech
Howe & Howe Tech
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Everest Avalanche Tragedy
Everest Avalanche Tragedy
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Cuff Me If You Can
Cuff Me If You Can
Animal Magnetism
Animal Magnetism
The Presidents' Gatekeepers
The Presidents' Gatekeepers
Explosions Gone Wrong
Explosions Gone Wrong
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden