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
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
The Colony
The Colony
Mayday
Mayday
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Dual Survival
Naked and Afraid XL
Man, Woman, Wild
Mighty Ships
MythBusters
How the Universe Works
Surviving The Cut
Swamp Loggers
The Devils Ride
Airplane Repo
The Wheel
Storm Chasers
Monster Garage
Shark Week
Man vs. Wild
Misfit Garage
Yukon Men
Oddities
Monsters Resurrected
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Amish Mafia
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Vegas Rat Rods
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Cash Cab
South Beach Classics
Wildest Arctic
The New Detectives
Street Outlaws Versus
Nature's Deadliest
Still Alive
Two Weeks in Hell
The Key of David
Next World
Inventions that Shook the World
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Hello World!
Ghost Lab
Sons of Guns
Curiosity
Animal Face-Off
Cooper's Treasure
Treasure Quest
Behind Bars
Porter Ridge
Alaskan Bush People: Wild and Free
Fight Quest
I Was Bitten
Extreme Loggers
Motor City Motors
King Tut Unwrapped
Raging Planet
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Auction Kings
Cuff Me If You Can
Real Interrogations
I Faked My Own Death
Extreme Bodies
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Shipwreck Men
Warlocks Rising
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Killer Whales
Secrets of SEAL Team 6
American Hot Rod
Bear Attack!
Dude, You're Screwed
Somali Pirate Takedown: The Real Story
Timber Kings
Kodiak
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Wildest Islands
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Edge of Alaska
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Gold Rush: The Dirt