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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A Haunting
A Haunting
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Mayday
Mayday
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
MythBusters
MythBusters
Street Justice: The Bronx
Street Justice: The Bronx
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Shark Week
Shark Week
Manhunt: Unabomber
Manhunt: Unabomber
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Bering Sea Gold
Misfit Garage
Garage Rehab
Storm Chasers
Cooper's Treasure
Killing Fields
Vegas Rat Rods
Mighty Ships
How the Universe Works
Devil's Canyon
Airplane Repo
Dual Survival
Oddities
Porter Ridge
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
The New Detectives
The Wheel
Man vs. Wild
Yukon Men
Gold Rush: South America
Future Weapons
Flying Wild Alaska
Human Planet
The Devils Ride
Gear Dogs
Dirty Jobs
Ghost Lab
The FBI Files
Cash Cab
Next World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Austin Stevens Adventures
Monumental Challenge
Inventions that Shook the World
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Wildest Islands
Wildest Arctic
The Key of David
Hello World!
Still Alive
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Daily Planet
Man, Woman, Wild
Animal Face-Off
Turtle Man
Monster Garage
Killing bin Laden
Croc Attack
Bear Attack!
Dude, You're Screwed
Somali Pirate Takedown: The Real Story
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Sons of Winter
The Presidents' Gatekeepers
Last One Standing
After The Catch
Behind Bars
Raging Planet
Worst Case Scenario
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Surviving The Cut
Discovery Atlas
Canada's Worst Handyman
Junk Raiders
Get Out Alive
Sons of Guns
Out of the Wild
Hogs Gone Wild
Nightmare in Suburbia
Nature's Deadliest
Curiosity
Feeding Frenzy
Property Wars
Secret Life of Money