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
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Shark Week
Shark Week
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
MythBusters
MythBusters
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
A Haunting
A Haunting
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
King Tut Unwrapped
King Tut Unwrapped
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Human Planet
Human Planet
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Land Rush
Land Rush
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Oddities
Oddities
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Sons of Winter
Sons of Winter
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Curiosity
Curiosity
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
How Booze Built America
How Booze Built America
Tornado Rampage 2011
Tornado Rampage 2011
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
After The Catch
After The Catch
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Mayday
Mayday
Weaponology
Weaponology
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
North America
North America
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Mayday! Bering Sea
Mayday! Bering Sea
Klondike
Klondike
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
One Way Out
One Way Out
The Colony
The Colony
Swords: Life on the Line
Swords: Life on the Line
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Next World
Next World
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
F2: Forensic Factor
F2: Forensic Factor
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Real Interrogations
Real Interrogations
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
Discovery Health Specials
Discovery Health Specials
American Guns
American Guns
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Extreme Bodies
Extreme Bodies
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
MythBusters: Big Blasts Collection
MythBusters: Big Blasts Collection
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Backyard Oil
Backyard Oil
Cake Boss Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Rods N' Wheels
Rods N' Wheels
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Bar Hunters
Bar Hunters