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The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

Updated December 2, 2020 5.1k votes 1.0k voters 40.7k views34 items
As Shark Week is upon us we couldn't help but think of The Discovery Channel and its humble beginnings.  Who ever would have thought that we'd see so many hits throughout the years.  As such we decided to poll what viewers think are the best Discovery Channel shows ever.  Get your vote out there!
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    BattleBots
    212
    81

    BattleBots

    Alison Haislip, Jessica Chobot

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    BattleBots is an American competition reality television series. Competitors designed and... more on Wikipedia
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    MythBusters
    298
    145

    MythBusters

    Jon Lung, Brian Louden

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Non-fiction, Special Interest, Educational television, Science, Documentary

    MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created by Peter Rees and produced... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    How It's Made
    163
    76

    How It's Made

    Mark Tewksbury, Lynne Adams

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Science, Documentary

    How It's Made is a documentary television series that premiered on January 6, 2001 on... more on Wikipedia

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    #61 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate#54 of 105 The Best Rainy Day Shows To Watch When You're Bored And Stuck Inside

  • 4
    Dirty Jobs
    203
    111

    Dirty Jobs

    Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Educational television, Documentary, Reality television

    Dirty Jobs was a TV series on the Discovery Channel in which host Mike Rowe is shown... more on Wikipedia

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    Mike Rowe Reveals ‘Dirty Jobs’ Behind-The-Scenes Facts#1 of 51 The Best Reality Dramas

  • 5
    Man vs. Wild
    239
    153

    Man vs. Wild

    Bear Grylls, Will Ferrell

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Educational television, Adventure film, Documentary, Reality television

    Man vs. Wild, also called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, Ultimate Survival, Survival Game, or... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Deadliest Catch
    170
    101

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Gold Rush
    230
    152

    Gold Rush

    Gold Rush (Discovery, 2010) is a reality television series. The series follows the placer gold... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    How the Universe Works
    72
    39

    How the Universe Works

    Mike Rowe, Erik Todd Dellums

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Documentary

    How the Universe Works is a mini-series that originally aired on the Discovery Channel April... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    River Monsters
    72
    53

    River Monsters

    Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Nature, Educational television, Documentary

    River Monsters is a British and American wildlife documentary television programme produced... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Shark Week
    98
    86

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Fast N' Loud
    96
    107

    Fast N' Loud

    Christie Brimberry, Richard Rawlings

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Fast N' Loud is a reality styled Discovery Channel TV show featuring Richard Rawlings, 45, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Storm Chasers
    72
    80

    Storm Chasers

    Joshua Wurman, Reed Timmer

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Nature, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

    Storm Chasers is an American documentary reality television series that premiered on October... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    How Do They Do It?
    32
    32

    How Do They Do It?

    Rupert Degas, Robert Llewellyn

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    How Do They Do It? is a television series produced by Wag TV for Discovery Channel. Each... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Street Outlaws
    Street Outlaws (Discovery Channel, 2013) is an American reality television series. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Alaska: The Last Frontier
    94
    116

    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 on Wikipedia

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    #310 of 354 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever#24 of 47 The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch

  • 16
    Dual Survival
    73
    90

    Dual Survival

    Cody Lundin, Dave Canterbury

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Survival skills, Television documentary, Adventure film, Reality television

    Dual Survival is an American reality cable television series which airs on the Discovery... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Dirty Jobs: Rowe'd Trip

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Dirty Jobs: Rowe'd Trip (Discovery, 2020) is an American reality television series and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Moonshiners
    Moonshiners is an American docudrama television series on the Discovery Channel that... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Growing Belushi
    1
    0

    Growing Belushi

    Jim Belushi

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality

    Growing Belushi (Discovery, 2020) is an American docu-reality television series created by Jim... more on Wikipedia

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    #266 of 513 The Best New TV Shows Of 2020#68 of 80 The Best New Reality TV Shows Of 2020

  • 20
    American Chopper
    78
    102

    American Chopper

    Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Teutul Jr.

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    American Chopper (Discovery, 2003) is a reality television series. The series centers on Paul... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Chasing Classic Cars
    0
    0

    Chasing Classic Cars

    Wayne Carini, David Gooding

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

    Chasing Classic Cars is a US television documentary series starring Wayne Carini who finds and... more on Wikipedia

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    #124 of 217 The Best Documentary Series & TV Shows#48 of 49 The Best Travel Documentary TV Shows

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    0
    0

    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 on Wikipedia

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    Diesel Brothers
    0
    0

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Wrecks To Riches
    0
    1

    Wrecks To Riches

    Wrecks To Riches is a television show shown on Discovery channel. The show focuses on Barry... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Mayday
    24
    42

    Mayday

    Dylan Ramsey, Stephen Bogaert

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Docudrama, Drama, Documentary

    Mayday, also known as Air Crash Investigation in Australia, South Africa, Asia and some... more on Wikipedia