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
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
A Haunting
A Haunting
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
The Colony
The Colony
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
MythBusters
MythBusters
Mayday
Mayday
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Shark Week
Shark Week
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Lone Target
Lone Target
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Everest Rescue
Everest Rescue
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Rebel Gold
Rebel Gold
Venom Hunters
Venom Hunters
Unearthed
Unearthed
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Oddities
Oddities
North America
North America
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Sticker Shock
Sticker Shock
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Klondike
Klondike
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
The Key of David
The Key of David
Puppy Dog Pals
Puppy Dog Pals
LIFE: Discovery Channel
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Monsters Resurrected
Monsters Resurrected
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Kidnap & Rescue
Kidnap & Rescue
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
Alien Planet
Alien Planet
Abandoned Engineering
Abandoned Engineering
Moments of Impact
Moments of Impact
Head Games
Head Games
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Heartland Thunder
Heartland Thunder
Powering the Future
Powering the Future
Discovery Atlas
Discovery Atlas
Canada's Worst Driver
Canada's Worst Driver
Cuff Me If You Can
Cuff Me If You Can
South Beach Classics
South Beach Classics
Waterfront Cities of the World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Medicine Men Go Wild
Medicine Men Go Wild
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Sunrise Earth International
Sunrise Earth International
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Tickle
Tickle
Porter Ridge
Porter Ridge
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Turn & Burn
Turn & Burn
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Treasure Islands
Treasure Islands
Naked Survivor
Naked Survivor
Blade Brothers
Blade Brothers
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
American Muscle
American Muscle
Ebola
Ebola
Moonshiners: Outlaw Cuts
Moonshiners: Outlaw Cuts
Misfit Garage: Fired Up
Misfit Garage: Fired Up