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
A Haunting
A Haunting
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Mayday
Mayday
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Sticker Shock
Sticker Shock
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Twin Turbos
Twin Turbos
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
The Colony
The Colony
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
MythBusters
MythBusters
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Shark Week
Shark Week
Storm Chasers
Storm Chasers
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Lone Target
Lone Target
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Everest Rescue
Everest Rescue
North America
North America
Venom Hunters
Venom Hunters
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Man, Woman, Wild
Man, Woman, Wild
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Airplane Repo
Airplane Repo
Rebel Gold
Rebel Gold
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Unearthed
Unearthed
Property Wars
Property Wars
Game of Stones
Game of Stones
Cooper's Treasure
Cooper's Treasure
Future Weapons
Future Weapons
Mighty Ships
Mighty Ships
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Gold Rush: White Water
Gold Rush: White Water
Jungle Gold
Jungle Gold
Monster Garage
Monster Garage
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Waterfront Cities of the World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Inventions that Shook the World
Treasure Islands
Treasure Islands
Ghost Lab
Ghost Lab
Next World
Next World
Canada's Worst Handyman
Canada's Worst Handyman
MegaWorld
MegaWorld
Desert Car Kings
Desert Car Kings
Black Ops Brothers
Black Ops Brothers
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
Monumental Challenge
Monumental Challenge
Nightmare in Suburbia
Nightmare in Suburbia
Curiosity
Curiosity
Carfellas
Carfellas
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Chrome Underground
Chrome Underground
Shark Gordon
Shark Gordon
Wildest Islands
Wildest Islands
Wildest Arctic
Wildest Arctic
The New Detectives
The New Detectives
Hello World!
Hello World!
Sacred Steel Bikes
Sacred Steel Bikes
Idris Elba No Limits
Idris Elba No Limits
Unsolved History
Unsolved History
I Was Bitten
I Was Bitten
Monsters Resurrected
Monsters Resurrected
Killing bin Laden
Killing bin Laden
Sons of Guns
Sons of Guns
Cuff Me If You Can
Cuff Me If You Can
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Two Weeks in Hell
Two Weeks in Hell
Doomsday Bunkers
Doomsday Bunkers
Outlaw Empires
Outlaw Empires
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Tickle
Tickle