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
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Shark Week
Shark Week
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Manhunt: Unabomber
Manhunt: Unabomber
Mayday
Mayday
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Cooper's Treasure
Cooper's Treasure
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Killing Fields
Bering Sea Gold
Dual Survival
Monster Garage
Carspotting
The Colony
Mighty Ships
Darkness
Yukon Men
Swamp Loggers
Storm Chasers
Devil's Canyon
Airplane Repo
Diesel Brothers
MythBusters
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Boss Hog
Gold Rush: Alaska
The Devils Ride
Surviving The Cut
Amish Mafia
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Porter Ridge
Misfit Garage
Highway Thru Hell
Cake Boss Specials
Dude, You're Screwed
Vegas Rat Rods
Cash Cab
Harley and the Davidsons
First In Human: The Trials of Building 10
Next World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Monumental Challenge
Inventions that Shook the World
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Animal Face-Off
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bear Attack!
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Wildest Islands
Wildest Arctic
Hello World!
Two Weeks in Hell
The Key of David
Still Alive
Sons of Guns
Human Planet
Eaten Alive
Turtle Man
North America
Megalodon: The New Evidence
How the Universe Works
The New Detectives
Time Warp
I Was Bitten
Oddities
Flying Wild Alaska
South Beach Classics
Curiosity
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Discovery Survival
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Alien Planet
Gang Wars
American Underworld
American Hot Rod
Mayday! Bering Sea
Surviving Katrina
Timber Kings
Shark After Dark
Ebola
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Rusted Development
Supercar Superbuild
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
Alaskan Bush People: Brown Family Bonds