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
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Mayday
Mayday
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Highway Thru Hell
Highway Thru Hell
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
MythBusters
MythBusters
Bering Sea Gold
Bering Sea Gold
Dirty Jobs
Dude, You're Screwed
Diesel Brothers
Planet Earth
Airplane Repo
Mighty Ships
Yukon Men
Storm Chasers
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Edge of Alaska
Swamp Brothers
Naked and Afraid XL
The Colony
Misfit Garage
Street Justice: The Bronx
Mighty Cruise Ships
Manhunt: Unabomber
Ghost Lab
Street Outlaws: Horsepower
Shark Week
Cooper's Treasure
Surviving The Cut
Flying Wild Alaska
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice
Marley Africa Road Trip
Blood and Oil (2010)
Dual Survival
Waterfront Cities of the World
Curiosity
Swamp Loggers
Animal Face-Off
The Key of David
The Devils Ride
Vegas Rat Rods
LIFE: Discovery Channel
Next World
Canada's Worst Handyman
Austin Stevens Adventures
Monumental Challenge
Inventions that Shook the World
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Treasure Islands
Shark Gordon
Wildest Islands
Wildest Arctic
The New Detectives
I Was Bitten
Heartland Thunder
Man, Woman, Wild
Turtle Man
Warlocks Rising
Dual Survival: Untamed
Time Warp
Sons of Guns
South Beach Classics
Monsters Resurrected
Two Weeks in Hell
Amish Mafia
Monster Garage
Killer Whales
The Fighters
Fast N' Loud: Zero to 100
Destroyed in Seconds
Out Of Egypt
Howe & Howe Tech
Future Weapons
Extreme Engineering
Desert Car Kings
Nature's Deadliest
Married to a Murderer
Real Interrogations
Discovery Health Specials
Mobster Confessions
First Week In
Texas Car Wars
Discovery Survival
Silver Rush
Backyard Oil
Backyard Oil: Kentucky Boom