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The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time 

Nathaniel Berman
Updated June 2, 2020 4.2k votes 988 voters 38.2k views 26 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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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Jon Lung, Brian Louden

Premiered: 2003

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

MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created by Peter Rees and produced by Australia's Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The series is transmitted by ...more

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BattleBots is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Alison Haislip, Jessica Chobot, Fon Davis

Premiered: 2000

Genres (Tv): Reality 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
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Gold Rush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Gold Rush

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Gold Rush was a 2006 reality competition created by Mark Burnett and AOL and hosted by Mark Steines. The format was of an internet scavenger hunt that is offering chances to win $US50,000, ...more
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Man vs. Wild is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Bear Grylls, Will Ferrell, Jake Gyllenhaal

Premiered: 2006

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

Man vs. Wild, also called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, Ultimate Survival, Survival Game, or colloquially as simply Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom, is a survival television series hosted by ...more
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Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Educational television, Documentary, Reality television

Dirty Jobs was a TV series on the Discovery Channel in which host Mike Rowe is shown performing difficult, strange, disgusting, or messy occupational duties alongside the typical employees. The ...more

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How It's Made is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Viorel Porumbescu added Mark Tewksbury, Lynne Adams, Brooks Moore

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Science, Documentary

How It's Made is a documentary television series that premiered on January 6, 2001 on Discovery Channel in Canada, and Science in the U.S. It's also being aired on Discovery Family. The program ...more

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Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Drama, 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 ...more

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Shark Week is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Nancy Linsky, Kevin Tyler Moody

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Documentary, Reality television

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 ...more
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How the Universe Works ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Documentary

How the Universe Works is a mini-series that originally aired on the Discovery Channel April 25, 2010 to May 24, 2010. The first and third seasons were narrated by Mike Rowe and the second by ...more
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River Monsters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Nature, Educational television, Documentary

River Monsters is a British and American wildlife documentary television programme produced for Animal Planet by Icon Films of Bristol, United Kingdom. Hosted by extreme angler and biologist ...more

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Street Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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.
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Fast N' Loud is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Christie Brimberry, Richard Rawlings, Aaron Kaufmann

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Fast N' Loud is a reality styled Discovery Channel TV show featuring Richard Rawlings, 45, and Aaron Kaufman, 33, from the Dallas, Texas-based Gas Monkey Garage as they search for run-down cars, ...more

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Storm Chasers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Joshua Wurman, Reed Timmer, Sean Casey

Premiered: 2007

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

Storm Chasers is an American documentary reality television series that premiered on October 17, 2007, on the Discovery Channel. Produced by Original Media, the program follows several teams of ...more
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Alaska: The Last Frontie... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Bray Poor, Atz Kilcher, Bonnie Kilcher

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Alaska: The Last Frontier is an American reality cable television series on the Discovery Channel. Season 4 is currently being broadcast. The show documents an extended family at their homestead ...more
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Dual Survival is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Cody Lundin, Dave Canterbury

Premiered: 2010

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

Dual Survival is an American reality cable television series which airs on the Discovery Channel. The show features a pair of survival experts in predetermined scenarios while in challenging ...more
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Moonshiners is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Docudrama

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 ...more
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American Chopper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Teutul Jr., Michael Teutul

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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.

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How Do They Do It? is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Rupert Degas, Robert Llewellyn

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Documentary

How Do They Do It? is a television series produced by Wag TV for Discovery Channel. Each programme explores how 2 or 3 ordinary objects are made and used. The show's slogan is "Behind the ...more
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Mayday is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Dylan Ramsey, Stephen Bogaert

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Docudrama, Drama, Documentary

Mayday, also known as Air Crash Investigation in Australia, South Africa, Asia and some European countries, and Air Emergency and Air Disasters in the United States, is a Canadian documentary ...more
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Yukon Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2012

Yukon Men is an unscripted American cable television series aired on the Discovery Channel. It is produced by Paper Route Productions and has premiered on August 24, 2012. The series details the ...more
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Misfit Garage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Misfit Garage Jordan Butler

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

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Naked and Afraid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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 ...more
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Monster Garage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Jesse James, Jesse James, Thom Beers

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Automotive, Reality television

Monster Garage was a television show for the Discovery Channel hosted by Jesse James. Each episode was an hour in length and was conceived and produced by Thom Beers. The show aired the series ...more
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Auction Kings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Paul Brown, Cindy Shook, Jon Hammond

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Auction Kings was a reality television series produced by Authentic Entertainment for the Discovery Channel. The series premiered on October 26, 2010 and featured the auction house Gallery 63 in ...more
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Amish Mafia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time
Lebanon Levi, Alvin Stoltzfus Lantz, Jolin Zimmerman

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Amish Mafia is an American reality television series that debuted on December 12, 2012, on the Discovery Channel. The series follows "Lebanon Levi", along with three of his assistants, ...more