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
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
MythBusters
MythBusters
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
A Haunting
A Haunting
Shark Week
Shark Week
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Mayday
Mayday
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Pitbulls and Parolees
Pitbulls and Parolees
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Oddities
Oddities
Sex Change
Sex Change
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Discovery Specials
Discovery Specials
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Klondike
Klondike
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
American Loggers
American Loggers
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Weed Country
Weed Country
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Curiosity
Curiosity
Best of Discovery Channel
Best of Discovery Channel
Billy Bob's Gags to Riches
Billy Bob's Gags to Riches
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
American Guns
American Guns
HowStuffWorks
HowStuffWorks
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Human Planet
Human Planet
Ebola
Ebola
Chrome Underground
Chrome Underground
American Muscle
American Muscle
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
The Colony
The Colony
F2: Forensic Factor
F2: Forensic Factor
Big as Life: Obesity in America
Big as Life: Obesity in America
Timber Kings
Timber Kings
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
2012 Apocalypse
2012 Apocalypse
Time Warp
Time Warp
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Things You Need To Know
Things You Need To Know
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Factory Made
Factory Made
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Pot Cops
Pot Cops
The Alaska Experiment
The Alaska Experiment
Secrets of the Secret Service
Secrets of the Secret Service
North America
North America
Tickle
Tickle
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
The Fighters
The Fighters
Siberian Cut
Siberian Cut
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder