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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Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
A Haunting
A Haunting
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Garage Rehab
Garage Rehab
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
MythBusters
MythBusters
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Gold Rush: The Dirt
Gold Rush: The Dirt
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
One Way Out
One Way Out
Devil's Canyon
Devil's Canyon
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Cooper's Treasure
Cooper's Treasure
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Everest Rescue
Everest Rescue
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Manhunt: Unabomber
Manhunt: Unabomber
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Lone Target
Lone Target
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Mayday
Mayday
Klondike
Klondike
Tickle
Tickle
American Guns
American Guns
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Darkness
Darkness
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Oddities
Oddities
Brake Room
Brake Room
Swamp Brothers
Swamp Brothers
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Unearthed
Unearthed
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Sunrise Earth International
Sunrise Earth International
Gold Rush: White Water
Gold Rush: White Water
Smash Lab
Smash Lab
Curiosity
Curiosity
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Mighty Cruise Ships
Mighty Cruise Ships
Human Planet
Human Planet
Nerve Center
Nerve Center
Breaking Magic
Breaking Magic
Gold Fever
Gold Fever
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
One Man Army
One Man Army
How Booze Built America
How Booze Built America
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
Ghost Town Gold
Ghost Town Gold
American Muscle
American Muscle
Venom Hunters
Venom Hunters
The Wheel
The Wheel
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
The Colony
The Colony
Shark Week
Shark Week
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Rusted Development
Rusted Development
Expedition Unknown: Search for the Afterlife
Expedition Unknown: Search for the Afterlife
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Lobstermen
Lobstermen
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
The New Detectives
The New Detectives