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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
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Harley and the Davidsons
Harley and the Davidsons
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Swamp Loggers
Swamp Loggers
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Mayday
Mayday
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Unsolved History
Unsolved History
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
How the Universe Works
How the Universe Works
Bering Sea Gold
Moonshiners
Highway Thru Hell
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Planet Earth
Hello World!
Naked and Afraid XL
Cash Cab
MythBusters
Wildest Islands
Street Outlaws: New Orleans
Storm Chasers
Flying Wild Alaska
Dual Survival
The Colony
Airplane Repo
Jungle Gold
Man, Woman, Wild
Unearthed
Gold Rush: White Water
Killing Fields
Swamp Brothers
Twin Turbos
Yukon Men
Oddities
American Guns
North America
Sacred Steel Bikes
Amish Mafia
Surviving The Cut
Lone Target
Future Weapons
Mighty Ships
American Loggers
Shark Week
Vegas Rat Rods
The Wheel
Destroyed in Seconds
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior
Marooned
Garage Rehab
Waterfront Cities of the World
Dirty Jobs
Ghost Lab
Monumental Challenge
Best of Discovery Channel
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Treasure Islands
Chrome Underground
Canada's Worst Handyman
Warlocks Rising
I Was Bitten
Next World
MegaWorld
Sons of Guns
Nerve Center
Austin Stevens Adventures
Nightmare in Suburbia
Inventions that Shook the World
Paranormal Home Inspectors
Killer Whales
Shark Gordon
Wildest Arctic
The Key of David
Idris Elba No Limits
Animal Face-Off
Ragin Cajuns
How Booze Built America
Porter Ridge
FBI's 10 Most Wanted
Siberian Cut
Misfit Garage: Fired Up
Gold Fever
Manhunt: Unabomber
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Curiosity
Bermuda Triangle Exposed
Misfit Garage
The New Detectives
Megabuilders