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The Best Current Discovery Channel Shows

Updated April 16, 2021 9.8k votes 1.7k voters 22.2k views31 items

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Wondering what to watch on Discovery Channel? This list of the best current Discovery Channel shows 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 current Discovery shows focus on survival in rough environments. Alaska: The Last Frontier and Alaskan Bush People both explore the rugged and often under looked state, while Naked and Afraid combines survival with reality competition - minus clothes. Other shows focus on strange jobs in odd places - Cal Fire, BattleBots, and Gold Rush all offer insight into exciting, weird or stressful worlds. With everything currently airing on the network, at least one of these popular programs is bound to suit your taste.   

With so many great Discovery Channel shows on now, it's hard to pick just one as the best of the best. Vote your favorite current Discovery Channel shows to the top of the list!

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    Alison Haislip, Jessica Chobot


    GenresReality television

    BattleBots is an American competition reality television series. Competitors designed and operated remote-controlled armed and armored machines designed to fight in an arena combat elimination...  more
  • 2

    PremieredJanuary 8, 2015

    GenresAdventure, Documentary, History, Mystery, Travel

    Expedition Unknown (Travel Channel, 2015) is an American reality television. The series follows Josh Gates as he investigates mysteries and legends....  more
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    Gold Rush

    Paul Christie


    GenresSpecial Interest, Documentary, Reality television

    Gold Rush is a reality television series that airs on Discovery. The fifth season of the show began airing in the United States on October 17, 2014. The show focuses on the mining of gold placer...  more
  • 4

    Dirty Jobs: Rowe'd Trip

    Lamorne Morris, T Murph

    PremieredSeptember 9, 2020

    GenresComedy drama

    Dirty Jobs: Rowe'd Trip (Discovery, 2020) is an American reality television series and spin-off of Dirty Jobs starring Mike Rowe. Rowe and the original Dirty Jobs crew set out on a road trip across...  more
  • 5

    Gold Rush: White Water

    Dustin Hurt, Fred Hurt

    PremieredJanuary 19, 2018

    GenresReality, Adventure

    Gold Rush: White Water (Discovery, 2018) is an American reality series and a spin-off of Gold Rush. Gold miners Dakota Fred and his son Dustin are back – returning to McKinley Creek Alaska,...  more

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  • 6

    Growing Belushi

    Jim Belushi

    PremieredAugust 19, 2020


    Growing Belushi (Discovery, 2020) is an American docu-reality television series created by Jim Belushi. The series gives an inside look at how actor Jim Belushi runs his own cannabis farm....  more

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  • 7

    Undercover Billionaire

    Glenn Stearns, RJ Messenger

    PremieredAugust 6, 2019


    Undercover Billionaire (Discovery, 2019) is an American reality series. A successful entrepreneur is dropped into a remote community with little resources and has 90 days to create a successful...  more

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  • 8

    Garage Rehab

    Richard Rawlings, Russell J. Holmes

    PremieredAugust 30, 2017

    GenresReality, Auto

    Garage Rehab (Discovery, 2017) is an American reality series. Famed for his Gas Monkey empire and the hit show Fast n Loud, Richard Rawlings returns as he and his team take mechanic shops in need of...  more

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  • 9

    Gold Rush

    Paul Christie, Todd Hoffman


    GenresReality television

    Gold Rush (Discovery, 2010) is a reality television series. The series follows the placer gold mining efforts of various family-run mining companies, mostly in the Klondike region of Dawson City,...  more
  • 10

    Deadliest Catch

    Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen


    GenresDrama, Documentary, Reality television

    Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American reality television series. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab, snow crab...  more

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  • 11

    Cash Cab

    Ben Bailey

    PremieredDecember 5, 2005

    GenresGame show

    Cash Cab (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American game show hosted by stand-up comedian Ben Bailey that is part of the global Cash Cab franchise that originated in the United Kingdom. Starting in...  more
  • 12

    Shark Week

    Nancy Linsky, Kevin Tyler Moody

    PremieredAugust 4, 2013

    GenresTalk, Animals

    Shark Week is an annual, week-long programming block created by Tom Golden on Discovery Channel which features shark-based programming, real and fictional. In recent years fictitious programming,...  more
  • 13

    Bering Sea Gold

    Thom Beers, Mike Rowe

    PremieredJanuary 27, 2012

    GenresReality, Adventure

    Bering Sea Gold (Discovery Channel, 2012) is an American reality television series. Set in Nome, Alaska, on Norton Sound, the show follows boats equipped with various setups to achieve gold mining in...  more
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    Naked and Afraid

    Michael Brown, Amanda Kaye

    PremieredJune 23, 2013

    GenresReality, Outdoors, Adventure

    Naked and Afraid is an American docudrama series that airs on the Discovery Channel and premiered on June 23, 2013. Each episode chronicles the lives of two survivalists who meet for the first time...  more
  • 15

    Alaska: The Last Frontier

    Otto Kilcher, Charlotte Kilcher

    PremieredDecember 29, 2011

    GenresReality, Documentary, Adventure, Outdoors, Nature

    Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery Channel, 2011) is an American reality cable television series. The show documents the extended Kilcher family, at their homestead 11 miles outside of Homer,...  more

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    Gold Rush: Winter's Fortune

    Tony Beets, Dustin Hurt



    Gold Rush: Winter's Fortune (Discovery, 2021) is an American reality series spun-off of the Gold Rush series. The series will focus on how soaring gold prices have sparked a land grab, sending some...  more

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  • 17

    The Last Alaskans

    Bob Harte, Edna Korth

    PremieredMay 25, 2015

    GenresReality, Documentary, Outdoors, Adventure

    The Last Alaskans (Animal Planet, 2015) is an American reality television series. Four families living in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska struggle and thrive in the untouched wilderness...  more
  • 18

    Street Outlaws

    Kye Kelley, Travis Santa Cruz

    PremieredJune 10, 2013

    GenresReality, Documentary, Auto racing

    Street Outlaws (Discovery Channel, 2013) is an American reality television series. The documentary-reality series takes an inside look into the world of American street racing....  more
  • 19


    Jeremy Schwartz, Tim Smith

    PremieredDecember 6, 2011

    GenresReality, Crime

    Moonshiners is an American docudrama television series on the Discovery Channel that dramatizes the life of people who produce moonshine in the Appalachian Mountains of North and South Carolina and...  more
  • 20

    Dino Hunters

    Andy Barnett, Michael Harris



    Dino Hunters (Discovery, 2020) is an American documentary series created by Edward Gorsuch. The series follows cowboys and ranchers who rely on their deep knowledge of the land to search for...  more
  • 21

    Naked and Afraid XL

    Alana Barfield, Danielle Beauchemin

    PremieredJuly 12, 2015

    GenresOutdoors, Adventure, Reality

    Naked and Afraid XL (Discovery Channel, 2015) is an American reality television series, and a spinoff of Naked and Afraid. A group of people are given the task of surviving in the wilderness for 40...  more
  • 22

    Alaskan Bush People

    Matt Brown, Bill Brown


    GenresReality, Documentary, Adventure, Outdoors, Nature

    Alaskan Bush People (Discovery Channel, 2014) is an American reality television series. A journey deep into Alaska's bush, where naturalist and adventurer Billy Brown, along with his wife, Ami, and...  more

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  • 23

    Diesel Brothers

    Diesel Dave, Heavy D


    GenresReality, Auto

    Diesel Brothers is an American reality television series. A group of friends in Utah own and operate a business that specializes in all things diesel. These guys don't just sell parts for diesel...  more
  • 24

    American Chopper

    Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Teutul Jr.

    PremieredMarch 31, 2003

    GenresReality, Motorcycle

    American Chopper (Discovery, 2003) is a reality television series. The series centers on Paul Teutul, Sr., and his son Paul Teutul, Jr., who manufacture custom chopper-style motorcycles....  more

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  • 25

    Wheeler Dealers

    Mike Brewer, Edd China


    GenresAutomotive, Documentary

    Wheeler Dealers is a British television series produced by Attaboy TV for the Discovery Channel, fronted by Mike Brewer and mechanic Edd China. The premise of the show is that Brewer and China are on...  more