Watch TV Shows on 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.

    Street Outlaws
    Street Outlaws
    MythBusters
    MythBusters
    Highway Thru Hell
    Highway Thru Hell
    Gold Rush
    Gold Rush
    Moonshiners
    Moonshiners
    Planet Earth
    Planet Earth
    Storm Chasers
    Storm Chasers
    Naked and Afraid
    Naked and Afraid
    Deadliest Catch
    Deadliest Catch
    Gold Rush: White Water
    Gold Rush: White Water
    Dirty Jobs
    Dirty Jobs
    Harley and the Davidsons
    Harley and the Davidsons
    A Haunting
    A Haunting
    Mayday
    Mayday
    Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch
    Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch
    Dual Survival
    Dual Survival
    The FBI Files
    The FBI Files
    Swamp Loggers
    Swamp Loggers
    Naked and Afraid XL
    Naked and Afraid XL
    Alaska: The Last Frontier
    Alaska: The Last Frontier
    Wheeler Dealers
    Wheeler Dealers
    Bering Sea Gold
    Bering Sea Gold
    Man vs. Wild
    Man vs. Wild
    Diesel Brothers
    Diesel Brothers
    Prehistoric
    Prehistoric
    Amish Mafia
    Amish Mafia
    Puppy Dog Pals
    Puppy Dog Pals
    Alaskan Bush People
    Alaskan Bush People
    Arctic Air
    Arctic Air
    Cash Cab
    Cash Cab
    Fast N' Loud
    Fast N' Loud
    Airplane Repo
    Airplane Repo
    Surviving The Cut
    Surviving The Cut
    Shark Week
    Shark Week
    Yukon Men
    Yukon Men
    Man, Woman, Wild
    Man, Woman, Wild
    Monster Garage
    Monster Garage
    How the Universe Works
    How the Universe Works
    Manhunt: Unabomber
    Manhunt: Unabomber
    Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
    Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
    Tickle
    Tickle
    The Colony
    The Colony
    Mighty Ships
    Mighty Ships
    Animal Face-Off
    Animal Face-Off
    Street Outlaws: Mega Cash Days
    Street Outlaws: Mega Cash Days
    My Friends Tigger & Pooh
    My Friends Tigger & Pooh
    World War II In Colour
    World War II In Colour
    Dude, You're Screwed
    Dude, You're Screwed
    The New Detectives
    The New Detectives
    Misfit Garage
    Misfit Garage
    Master Distiller
    Master Distiller
    Curiosity
    Curiosity
    Flying Wild Alaska
    Flying Wild Alaska
    Porter Ridge
    Porter Ridge
    Klondike
    Klondike
    Oddities
    Oddities
    Everest: Beyond the Limit
    Everest: Beyond the Limit
    Growing Belushi
    Growing Belushi
    Deadliest Catch: Bloodline
    Deadliest Catch: Bloodline
    Out Of Egypt
    Out Of Egypt
    Man vs. Bear
    Man vs. Bear
    The Devils Ride
    The Devils Ride
    Edge of Alaska
    Edge of Alaska
    Property Wars
    Property Wars
    Unearthed
    Unearthed
    Mighty Cruise Ships
    Mighty Cruise Ships
    Expedition to the Edge
    Expedition to the Edge
    One Man Army
    One Man Army
    American Loggers
    American Loggers
    Out of the Wild
    Out of the Wild
    Garage Rehab
    Garage Rehab
    This Came Out of Me
    This Came Out of Me
    When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
    When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
    How Booze Built America
    How Booze Built America
    Clash of the Dinosaurs
    Clash of the Dinosaurs
    Still Alive
    Still Alive
    Killing the Colorado
    Killing the Colorado
    Deadliest Catch: The Bait
    Deadliest Catch: The Bait
    Sons of Guns
    Sons of Guns
    Taking Fire
    Taking Fire
    Cuff Me If You Can
    Cuff Me If You Can
    Carspotting
    Carspotting
    Weaponology
    Weaponology
    Extreme Bodies
    Extreme Bodies
    Shark Academy
    Shark Academy
    MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
    MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
    Street Outlaws: Farmtruck and Azn
    Street Outlaws: Farmtruck and Azn
    Real Interrogations
    Real Interrogations
    Jungle Gold
    Jungle Gold
    The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
    The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
    Blue Collar Backers
    Blue Collar Backers
    Final Offer
    Final Offer
    Supercar Superbuild
    Supercar Superbuild
    American Guns
    American Guns
    Big Giant Swords
    Big Giant Swords
    China's Mega Dam
    China's Mega Dam
    Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia
    Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia
    Hitler: The Definitive Guide
    Hitler: The Definitive Guide
    How Stuff Works: Food and Beverage
    How Stuff Works: Food and Beverage
    Human Planet
    Human Planet