Investigation Discovery is a popular channel on American television. The channel typically airs shows and episodes about criminal investigations. Most shows on this network appear as documentaries. Investigation Discovery is owned and operated by Discovery Communications. They are the same company that owns Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and many other popular networks. Investigation Discovery started in 2002 using the name Discovery Civilization Channel, but it has since been rebranded, and in 2006 the channel started using the name Investigation Discovery. There are several international versions including Investigation Discovery (Canada), Investigation Discovery Europe and Investigation Discovery (Latin America).
The shows on Investigation Discovery are typically filmed as documentaries. They show real life crime stories as investigators unravel clues and search for answers to crimes. Most crimes featured on Investigation Discovery are murders or homicides. The criminal investigations on this network’s shows cover a wide range of forensic techniques. The documentaries delve deeply into what technology and resources police detectives use during their pursuits.
Many shows on Investigation Discovery feature profiles of criminals. Shows like Cuff Me If You Can and Deadly Women discuss the intentions of criminals, their motives and some of their perspectives. Shows often bring on special guests, professional experts in their fields, including doctors and detectives. Investigation Discovery also has their own version of the popular current events shows 20/20 and 48 Hours.