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
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Garage Rehab
Garage Rehab
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Gold Rush: The Dirt
Gold Rush: The Dirt
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Gold Rush: White Water
Gold Rush: White Water
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Sticker Shock
Sticker Shock
MythBusters
MythBusters
A Haunting
A Haunting
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Smash Lab
Smash Lab
Devil's Canyon
Devil's Canyon
Street Justice: The Bronx
Street Justice: The Bronx
Curiosity
Curiosity
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Venom Hunters
Venom Hunters
Deadliest Catch: The Bait
Deadliest Catch: The Bait
Oddities
Oddities
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Sons of Winter
Sons of Winter
Cooper's Treasure
Cooper's Treasure
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
One Way Out
One Way Out
American Tarzan
American Tarzan
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Everest Rescue
Everest Rescue
American Loggers
American Loggers
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Manhunt: Unabomber
Manhunt: Unabomber
Darkness
Darkness
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Lone Target
Lone Target
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Shark Week
Shark Week
Treasure Quest
Treasure Quest
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
American Guns
American Guns
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Mayday
Mayday
Clash of the Ozarks
Clash of the Ozarks
Property Wars
Property Wars
Flying Wild Alaska
Flying Wild Alaska
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Rusted Development
Rusted Development
The Wheel
The Wheel
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Gold Rush: South America
Gold Rush: South America
Taking Fire
Taking Fire
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
FutureWeapons
FutureWeapons
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Rods N' Wheels
Rods N' Wheels
Sacred Steel Bikes
Sacred Steel Bikes
Surviving The Cut
Surviving The Cut
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design
Unearthed
Unearthed
Rebel Gold
Rebel Gold
Next World
Next World
Carfellas
Carfellas
Monsters Resurrected
Monsters Resurrected
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
MythBusters, Duct Tape Myths
Marley Africa Road Trip
Marley Africa Road Trip
Twin Turbos
Twin Turbos
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
The Colony
The Colony
Behind Bars
Behind Bars
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Street Outlaws: Going the Distance
Street Outlaws: Going the Distance
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman