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
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
A Haunting
A Haunting
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
MythBusters
MythBusters
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Mayday
Mayday
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
The Colony
The Colony
Shark Week
Shark Week
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Lone Target
Lone Target
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Unearthed
Unearthed
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Oddities
Oddities
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Everest Rescue
Everest Rescue
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Venom Hunters
Venom Hunters
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
The Wheel
The Wheel
Gold Rush: White Water
Gold Rush: White Water
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Human Planet
Human Planet
Property Wars
Property Wars
American Guns
American Guns
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms
North America
North America
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Sticker Shock
Sticker Shock
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
Rebel Gold
Rebel Gold
Cooper's Treasure
Cooper's Treasure
Darkness
Darkness
Extreme Engineering
Extreme Engineering
Brew Masters
Brew Masters
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Auction Kings
Auction Kings
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
One Way Out
One Way Out
Swords: Life on the Line
Swords: Life on the Line
One Man Army
One Man Army
Weaponology
Weaponology
World War II In Colour
World War II In Colour
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Twin Turbos
Twin Turbos
Destroyed in Seconds
Destroyed in Seconds
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Sacred Steel Bikes
Sacred Steel Bikes
Abandoned Engineering
Abandoned Engineering
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
Street Outlaws: Full Throttle
American Loggers
American Loggers
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Shipwreck Men
Shipwreck Men
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Gold Fever
Gold Fever
Time Warp
Time Warp
Extreme Loggers
Extreme Loggers
Megabuilders
Megabuilders
Behind Bars
Behind Bars