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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A Haunting
A Haunting
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Mayday
Mayday
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Shark Week
Shark Week
Garage Rehab
Garage Rehab
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Swamp Loggers
Edge of Alaska
Bering Sea Gold
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
MythBusters
Dirty Jobs
Cash Cab
Street Justice: The Bronx
How the Universe Works
Surviving The Cut
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Sons of Winter
Property Wars
Taking Fire
Canada's Worst Handyman
Highway Thru Hell
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
Ghost Lab
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Behind Bars
The Key of David
Man vs. Wild
Next World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Austin Stevens Adventures
Monumental Challenge
Inventions that Shook the World
The Devils Ride
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Dude, You're Screwed
The FBI Files
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Wildest Islands
Wildest Arctic
The New Detectives
Hello World!
Canada's Worst Driver
Animal Face-Off
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Animal Planet Extreme
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Killing bin Laden
Rival Survival
Mighty Cruise Ships
Killing Fields
Time Warp
Treasure Quest
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Worst Case Scenario
Man, Woman, Wild
Future Weapons
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Beyond Ordinary
Oddities
Hog Wild
Brew Masters
Cuff Me If You Can
Swamp Brothers
Nerve Center
Eaten Alive
Weed Wars
Nightmare in Suburbia
Alaskan Monster Hunt
Dirty Money
War Heroes
Carfellas
Best Evidence
Two Weeks in Hell
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Texas Car Wars
Amish Mafia
Marley Africa Road Trip
Porter Ridge
Naked Survivor
Moonshiners: Outlaw Cuts
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Naked and Afraid: Tough As a Mother
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove