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
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Mayday
Mayday
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Shark Week
Shark Week
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Garage Rehab
Garage Rehab
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Cash Cab
MythBusters
Dual Survival
Edge of Alaska
Surviving The Cut
Cooper's Treasure
Marley Africa Road Trip
Mighty Ships
Canada's Worst Driver
Monster Garage
How the Universe Works
Property Wars
Chrome Underground
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Highway Thru Hell
The FBI Files
Canada's Worst Handyman
Ghost Lab
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Airplane Repo
Dude, You're Screwed
Next World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Austin Stevens Adventures
Monumental Challenge
Inventions that Shook the World
Bering Sea Gold
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Wildest Islands
Wildest Arctic
The New Detectives
The Key of David
Hello World!
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
Storm Chasers
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Man, Woman, Wild
The Devils Ride
Boss Hog
Street Justice: The Bronx
Man vs. Wild
I Was Bitten
Behind Bars
Daily Planet
Carfellas
Animal Face-Off
Animal Planet Extreme
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Backyard Oil
Warlocks Rising
Porter Ridge
Killing bin Laden
Rival Survival
Alaskan Bush People: Wild and Free
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Time Warp
Destroyed in Seconds
Solving History with Olly Steeds
Oddities
Get Out Alive
Hog Wild
Out of the Wild
Cuff Me If You Can
South Beach Classics
Swamp Brothers
War Heroes
Best Evidence
Turtle Man
Monsters Resurrected
Ragin Cajuns
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Blood and Oil (2010)
Saint Hoods
Killer Whales
Secrets of SEAL Team 6
Gold Rush: South America
Vegas Rat Rods
Mini Monsters: Hidden Kingdoms