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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Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
World's Toughest Drive
World's Toughest Drive
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
MythBusters
MythBusters
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
A Haunting
A Haunting
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
The Colony
The Colony
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Shark Week
Shark Week
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Sex Change
Sex Change
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
The Key of David
The Key of David
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Oddities
Oddities
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Human Planet
Human Planet
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Blood and Oil
Blood and Oil
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Gang Wars
Gang Wars
Lone Target
Lone Target
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
North America
North America
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Mayday
Mayday
Curiosity
Curiosity
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Tickle
Tickle
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Shark Gordon
Shark Gordon
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Gold Rush: The Dirt
Gold Rush: The Dirt
One Way Out
One Way Out
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Raging Planet
Raging Planet
Beyond Ordinary
Beyond Ordinary
Weaponology
Weaponology
War Heroes
War Heroes
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Killer Whales
Killer Whales
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Klondike
Klondike
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Siberian Cut
Siberian Cut
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Time Warp
Time Warp
The Detonators
The Detonators
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth
Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth