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The Best Current Discovery Channel Shows

Updated February 22, 2021 8.8k votes 1.7k voters 20.0k views29 items

Wondering what to watch on Discovery channel? This list of the best Discovery Channel shows on now has you covered. For years, the Discovery channel has produced programs that are both educational and engaging. If you're looking to learn something new while you relax in front of the TV, these Discovery channel series can help. 

Many Discovery shows on now focus on Alaska. Alaska: The Last Frontier, Alaskan Bush People, and The Last Alaskans explore the rugged and often underlooked state. Other shows focus on gold mining, such as Gold Rush and Bering Sea Gold. But not all Discovery Channel shows are about strange jobs in odd places - Cash Cab, BattleBots, and the revamped MythBusters are about competitive or investigative skill. With everything currently airing on the network, at least one of these popular programs is bound to suit your taste.   

Which are the best Discovery shows? Vote your favorites to the top of the list. 

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  • BattleBots1
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    BattleBots

    Alison Haislip, Jessica Chobot

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    BattleBots is an American competition reality television series. Competitors designed and...  more
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  • Expedition Unknown2
    50
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    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Mystery, Reality-TV

    Expedition Unknown (Travel Channel, 2015) is an American reality television. The series...  more
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  • Deadliest Catch3
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    Deadliest Catch

    Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Documentary, Reality television

    Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American reality television series. It...  more
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  • Gold Rush4
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    Gold Rush

    Paul Christie, Todd Hoffman

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Gold Rush (Discovery, 2010) is a reality television series. The series follows the placer gold...  more
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  • Cash Cab5
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    Cash Cab

    Ben Bailey

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Game show

    Cash Cab (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American game show hosted by stand-up comedian Ben...  more
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  • Diesel Brothers6
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    Diesel Brothers

    Diesel Dave, Heavy D

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Motoring, Reality

    Diesel Brothers is an American reality television series. A group of friends in Utah own and...  more
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  • Shark Week7
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    Shark Week

    Nancy Linsky, Kevin Tyler Moody

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Documentary, Reality television

    Shark Week is an annual, week-long programming block created by Tom Golden on Discovery...  more
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  • Vegas Rat Rods8
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    Vegas Rat Rods

    Dave Lefler, Twiggy Tallant

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Vegas Rat Rods (Discovery Channel, 2014) is an American reality television series. Steve...  more
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  • Naked and Afraid9
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    Naked and Afraid

    Michael Brown, Amanda Kaye

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Naked and Afraid is an American docudrama series that airs on the Discovery Channel and...  more
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  • Street Outlaws10
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    Street Outlaws

    Kye Kelley, Travis Santa Cruz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Street Outlaws (Discovery Channel, 2013) is an American reality television series. The...  more
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  • Alaska: The Last Frontier11
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    Alaska: The Last Frontier

    Otto Kilcher, Charlotte Kilcher

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery Channel, 2011) is an American reality cable television...  more
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  • Bering Sea Gold12
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    Bering Sea Gold

    Thom Beers, Mike Rowe

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Reality TV

    Bering Sea Gold (Discovery Channel, 2012) is an American reality television series. Set in...  more
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  • Moonshiners13
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    Moonshiners

    Jeremy Schwartz, Tim Smith

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Docudrama

    Moonshiners is an American docudrama television series on the Discovery Channel that...  more
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  • The Last Alaskans14
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    The Last Alaskans

    Bob Harte, Edna Korth

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    The Last Alaskans (Animal Planet, 2015) is an American reality television series. Four...  more
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  • Dirty Jobs: Rowe'd Trip15

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Dirty Jobs: Rowe'd Trip (Discovery, 2020) is an American reality television series and...  more
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    #127 of 143 The Best TV Spinoffs#91 of 141 The Best Documentary Miniseries

  • Growing Belushi16
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    Growing Belushi

    Jim Belushi

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality

    Growing Belushi (Discovery, 2020) is an American docu-reality television series created by Jim...  more
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  • Undercover Billionaire17
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    Undercover Billionaire

    Glenn Stearns, RJ Messenger

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Undercover Billionaire (Discovery, 2019) is an American reality series. A successful...  more
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  • I Quit18
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    I Quit

    Harley Finkelstein, Debbie Sterling

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    I Quit (Discovery Channel, 2020) is an American reality television series produced by Shopify...  more
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    #743 of 865 The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years#78 of 233 The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years

  • Gold Rush19
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    Gold Rush

    Paul Christie

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Documentary, Reality television

    Gold Rush is a reality television series that airs on Discovery. The fifth season of the show...  more
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  • Gold Rush: White Water20
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    Gold Rush: White Water

    Dustin Hurt, Fred Hurt

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Gold Rush: White Water (Discovery, 2018) is an American reality series and a spin-off of Gold...  more
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  • Alaskan Bush People21
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    Alaskan Bush People

    Matt Brown, Bill Brown

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Alaskan Bush People (Discovery Channel, 2014) is an American reality television series. A...  more
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  • Naked and Afraid XL22
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    Naked and Afraid XL

    Alana Barfield, Danielle Beauchemin

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Naked and Afraid XL (Discovery Channel, 2015) is an American reality television series, and a...  more
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  • Garage Rehab23
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    Garage Rehab

    Richard Rawlings, Russell J. Holmes

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Garage Rehab (Discovery, 2017) is an American reality series. Famed for his Gas Monkey empire...  more
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  • Wheeler Dealers24
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    Wheeler Dealers

    Mike Brewer, Edd China

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Automotive, Documentary

    Wheeler Dealers is a British television series produced by Attaboy TV for the Discovery...  more
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  • All on the Line25
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    All on the Line

    Paul Christie, Johnny Johnson

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    All on the Line (Discovery, 2020) is an American reality television series. It follows two...  more
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