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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Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
A Haunting
A Haunting
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
MythBusters
MythBusters
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Cooper's Treasure
Cooper's Treasure
Mayday
Mayday
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Devil's Canyon
Devil's Canyon
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Trans Am
Trans Am
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Garage Rehab
Garage Rehab
Gold Rush: White Water
Gold Rush: White Water
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Shark Week
Shark Week
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Human Planet
Human Planet
Property Wars
Property Wars
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Everest Rescue
Everest Rescue
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
American Guns
American Guns
Klondike
Klondike
Lone Target
Lone Target
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
The Colony
The Colony
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Venom Hunters
Venom Hunters
Manhunt: Unabomber
Manhunt: Unabomber
Street Justice: The Bronx
Street Justice: The Bronx
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Unearthed
Unearthed
American Loggers
American Loggers
Penn & Teller: Tell a Lie
Penn & Teller: Tell a Lie
Siberian Cut
Siberian Cut
Rusted Development
Rusted Development
The Wheel
The Wheel
Brake Room
Brake Room
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Expedition Unknown: Search for the Afterlife
Expedition Unknown: Search for the Afterlife
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
The Key of David
The Key of David
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Street Outlaws: Going the Distance
Street Outlaws: Going the Distance
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Tickle
Tickle
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Gold Rush: The Dirt
Gold Rush: The Dirt
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Licence to Drill
Licence to Drill
Hog Wild
Hog Wild
Apocalypse How
Apocalypse How
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Weed Country
Weed Country
Backyard Oil
Backyard Oil
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Alaska: The Last Frontier, Specials
Fire in the Hole
Fire in the Hole
Taking Fire
Taking Fire
Moonshiners: Distill My Heart
Moonshiners: Distill My Heart