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
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Mayday
Mayday
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Gold Rush: White Water
Gold Rush: White Water
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
MythBusters
MythBusters
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Yukon Men
Swamp Loggers
Diesel Brothers
Man vs. Wild
Dual Survival
Shark Week
Airplane Repo
Storm Chasers
Manhunt: Unabomber
Planet Earth
Surviving The Cut
Mighty Ships
The Devils Ride
Animal Face-Off
Dirty Jobs
Misfit Garage
Extreme Engineering
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Street Justice: The Bronx
Cooper's Treasure
The Colony
Man, Woman, Wild
Swamp Brothers
Treasure Quest Snake Island
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Wildest Islands
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
American Guns
Garage Rehab
Future Weapons
Oddities
Jungle Gold
Gold Rush: South America
Lone Target
Mighty Cruise Ships
Ghost Lab
The New Detectives
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Nerve Center
Curiosity
Amish Mafia
Warlocks Rising
Treasure Islands
Hello World!
Edge of Alaska
Dude, You're Screwed
Monster Garage
Next World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Austin Stevens Adventures
Monumental Challenge
Nightmare in Suburbia
Inventions that Shook the World
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Marooned
Shark Gordon
Wildest Arctic
American Loggers
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Canada's Worst Handyman
The Key of David
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
I Was Bitten
Behind Bars
Nature's Deadliest
Bering Sea Gold
How Booze Built America
Cake Boss Specials
Porter Ridge
American Hot Rod
Game of Stones
Destroyed in Seconds
Treasure Quest
Prehistoric
Daily Planet
Heartland Thunder
F2: Forensic Factor
Junk Raiders