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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Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
A Haunting
A Haunting
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Cooper's Treasure
Cooper's Treasure
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
MythBusters
MythBusters
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Shark Week
Shark Week
Mayday
Mayday
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Devil's Canyon
Devil's Canyon
Man vs. Wild
Dirty Jobs
Wheeler Dealers
Vegas Rat Rods
The Colony
The Devils Ride
Airplane Repo
Oddities
Bering Sea Gold
Moonshiners
Misfit Garage
Edge of Alaska
Treasure Quest Snake Island
How the Universe Works
Man, Woman, Wild
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Gold Rush: South America
Boss Hog
Treasure Islands
The Key of David
Still Alive
Ghost Lab
Next World
Inventions that Shook the World
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Shark Gordon
Wildest Islands
Wildest Arctic
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
I Was Bitten
Cash Cab
Turtle Man
Highway Thru Hell
Bear Attack!
Marooned
Storm Chasers
Sons of Guns
Animal Face-Off
Alaskan Bush People: Wild and Free
Planet Earth
The New Detectives
Hello World!
Time Warp
Treasure Quest
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Extreme Engineering
Surviving The Cut
Discovery Atlas
Junk Raiders
Canada's Worst Driver
Licence to Drill
Nature's Deadliest
Best Evidence
Monsters Resurrected
Two Weeks in Hell
Monster Garage
Discovery Specials
Cake Boss Specials
Tickle
Killer Whales
Naked Survivor
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Dual Survival: Untamed
Fast N' Loud: Zero to 100
Human Planet
Dude, You're Screwed
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Swamp Loggers
Austin Stevens Adventures
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Amish Mafia
North America
Porter Ridge
Lone Target
Klondike
Siberian Cut
Unearthed