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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Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Shark Week
Shark Week
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
MythBusters
MythBusters
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
A Haunting
A Haunting
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Sex Change
Sex Change
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
American Muscle
American Muscle
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Mayday
Mayday
Alien Mysteries
Alien Mysteries
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
Oddities
Oddities
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Best of Discovery Channel
Best of Discovery Channel
Clash of the Ozarks
Clash of the Ozarks
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Time Warp
Time Warp
Discovery Health Specials
Discovery Health Specials
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Lords of the Car Hoards
Lords of the Car Hoards
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Curiosity
Curiosity
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
Junk Raiders
Junk Raiders
Shipwreck Men
Shipwreck Men
How Booze Built America
How Booze Built America
Alien Planet
Alien Planet
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Naked After Dark
Naked After Dark
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Fight Quest
Fight Quest
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Human Planet
Human Planet
Marooned
Marooned
Rods N' Wheels
Rods N' Wheels
Hogs Gone Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Klondike
Klondike
Poker Underground
Poker Underground
Desert Car Kings
Desert Car Kings
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Amish Mafia: The Devil's Cut
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
The Presidents' Gatekeepers
The Presidents' Gatekeepers
Kodiak
Kodiak
Sunrise Earth International
Sunrise Earth International
The Colony
The Colony
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Alaskan Monster Hunt
Alaskan Monster Hunt
Treasure Islands
Treasure Islands