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
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Mayday
Mayday
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Edge of Alaska
Edge of Alaska
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
MythBusters
MythBusters
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Street Justice: The Bronx
The Devils Ride
Shark Week
Yukon Men
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Storm Chasers
Animal Face-Off
Bering Sea Gold
Dude, You're Screwed
How the Universe Works
Swamp Loggers
Nature's Deadliest
Cooper's Treasure
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
Misfit Garage
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Property Wars
Cake Boss Specials
Garage Rehab
Highway Thru Hell
Wildest Arctic
Deadliest Catch
Wildest Islands
The New Detectives
Hello World!
The Colony
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Mighty Ships
Canada's Worst Handyman
Ghost Lab
Next World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Austin Stevens Adventures
Monumental Challenge
Inventions that Shook the World
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Monster Garage
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Behind Bars
Man, Woman, Wild
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
The Key of David
Alaskan Bush People: Wild and Free
Alaskan Bush People: Brown Family Bonds
Treasure Quest
Extreme Loggers
Prehistoric
Daily Planet
Discovery Atlas
Eaten Alive
Two Weeks in Hell
Amish Mafia
Airplane Repo
Warlocks Rising
Porter Ridge
Killer Whales
American Hot Rod
Killing Fields
I Was Bitten
Going Tribal
Junk Raiders
Auction Kings
Sons of Guns
Hog Wild
Out of the Wild
Dirty Money
Dinosaur Revolution
Monsters Resurrected
Who Was Jesus?
Doomsday Bunkers
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Weed Country
Discovery Specials
Killing bin Laden
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Gold Rush: South America