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
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Shark Week
Shark Week
Mayday
Mayday
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
MythBusters
MythBusters
Yukon Men
Yukon Men
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Edge of Alaska
Man vs. Wild
Swamp Loggers
Dual Survival
Dude, You're Screwed
Street Justice: The Bronx
Misfit Garage
Cooper's Treasure
Storm Chasers
Nature's Deadliest
How the Universe Works
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
Surviving The Cut
Mighty Ships
Oddities
Bering Sea Gold
Lone Target
Naked and Afraid XL
Killing Fields
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Garage Rehab
Ghost Lab
Planet Earth
Monster Garage
Alaskan Bush People: Brown Family Bonds
Canada's Worst Handyman
Diesel Brothers
Next World
Waterfront Cities of the World
Austin Stevens Adventures
Monumental Challenge
Inventions that Shook the World
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Warlocks Rising
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Wildest Islands
Wildest Arctic
The New Detectives
Hello World!
The Colony
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Out of the Wild
Two Weeks in Hell
Porter Ridge
Homicide Hunter: The Kenda Files
Alaskan Bush People: Wild and Free
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Treasure Quest
Behind Bars
Man, Woman, Wild
Flying Wild Alaska
Weed Country
Airplane Repo
Treasure Quest Snake Island
I Was Bitten
American Loggers
Lobstermen
Prehistoric
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Future Weapons
Discovery Atlas
Junk Raiders
Canada's Worst Driver
Hog Wild
Eaten Alive
Dinosaur Revolution
Turtle Man
First Week In
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
Blood and Oil (2010)
Killer Whales
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
American Hot Rod
Sturgis: Motorcycle Mania
Timber Kings
Vegas Rat Rods