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
A Haunting
A Haunting
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
MythBusters
MythBusters
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Swamp Loggers
Shark Week
Airplane Repo
Yukon Men
Bering Sea Gold
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Storm Chasers
Planet Earth
Mighty Ships
Swamp Brothers
Amish Mafia
Edge of Alaska
Naked and Afraid XL
Cooper's Treasure
The Colony
Misfit Garage
Manhunt: Unabomber
Garage Rehab
Mayday
Street Justice: The Bronx
Surviving The Cut
Blood and Oil (2010)
Gold Fever
Ghost Lab
Waterfront Cities of the World
Warlocks Rising
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
The New Detectives
Harley and the Davidsons
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
Canada's Worst Handyman
Animal Face-Off
The Devils Ride
Next World
Austin Stevens Adventures
Monumental Challenge
Nightmare in Suburbia
Curiosity
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Wildest Islands
Wildest Arctic
The Key of David
Hello World!
Heartland Thunder
Nature's Deadliest
Turtle Man
American Hot Rod
Dude, You're Screwed
Vegas Rat Rods
I Was Bitten
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Worst Case Scenario
Man, Woman, Wild
Future Weapons
Sons of Guns
Brew Masters
South Beach Classics
Monsters Resurrected
Two Weeks in Hell
Bounty Wars
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Porter Ridge
Killer Whales
Clash of the Ozarks
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Mighty Cruise Ships
Gold Rush: White Water
Inventions that Shook the World
Time Warp
Destroyed in Seconds
Fight Quest
Out Of Egypt
Howe & Howe Tech
Factory Made
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Extreme Engineering
Wild Animal Repo
Real Interrogations