Discovery Channel Documentaries

#1 - Great Planes: F-100 Super Sabre

Season 1989 - Episode 1

Though somewhat difficult to handle, the Super Sabre afforded so much lifting power that it could carry the same payload as a WWII bomber, a load that it could deliver with incredible speed and precision. Adapted as a fighter bomber, the F-100 would be supplanted by the Mach 2 class F-105 Thunderchief for strike missions over North Vietnam. The F-100 flew extensively over South Vietnam as the Air Force's primary close air support jet until replaced by the more efficient subsonic A-7 Corsair 2. The F-100 also served in several NATO air forces and with other US allies. In its later life, it was often referred to as "the Hun," a shortened version of "one hundred."

#2 - Extreme Machines: Tanks

Season 1 - Episode 206

#3 - Americas First Nations

Season 2010 - Episode 1

#4 - Wunder des Weltalls - Kosmische Katastrophen

Season 2006 - Episode 1

#5 - The Ultimate Guide Volcanoes

Season 2002 - Episode 1

Take a look at the latest volcanic survey data and marvel at the frightening number of volcanoes heating up around the world. Is this a simple, geological coincidence, or the sign of some larger, potentially deadly pattern at work? Join one group of scientists as they reveal a number of cutting-edge theories to explain the sudden surge in volcanic activity. Then, watch as they put those theories to the test at the summit of smoldering Mount Tungurahua in Ecuador. It's a high-stakes game of man versus the mountain; because if any of these theories prove correct, they could help forecast future volcanic activity and save lives all over the planet.

#6 - The New Roswell - The Shag Harbor Incident

Season 1967 - Episode 1

An extraordinary event in 1967 would practically put the small fishing village of Shag Harbor on the map. Located at the southern tip of Nova Scotia, this rural community would be host to one of the best documented UFO events of the past 40 years.

#7 - How Beer Saved the World

Season 2011 - Episode 1

Did you know that Beer was critical to the birth of civilization? That's right; Beer. Scientists and historians line up to tell the amazing, untold story of how beer helped create maths, poetry, Pyramids, modern medicine, labor laws and America.

#8 - 95 Worlds and Counting

Season 2000 - Episode 1

Go where the real action is... the moons! Once dismissed as insignificant ice balls, we now know they are anything but boring. Imagine the most explosive world in the solar system, producing more heat than anything but the sun. That's Jupiter's fireball of a moon Io, which is exploding before our eyes. Try to picture a geyser blasting 5 miles high in the furthest reaches of the solar system, a geyser not of steam but of liquid ice. Visit Neptune's moon Triton, a world so piercingly cold that everything familiar to us on Earth, including the air, is frozen solid. And then there is Europa; a moon that may harbor the only other liquid water ocean in the solar system, an ocean that may even harbor life. There are moons out there with atmospheres so thick, you can strap on wings and fly. There are moons so small that you wouldn't stand on them, you'd hover! Moons where you'd weigh no more than a mouse, where you can throw a ball around the entire body, and where a good jump sends you a mile and a half into the air. Imagine spelunking on a world called Phobos, scuba diving on Europa, or bungee jumping off one the solar system's largest cliffs. Spend an hour exploring the moons, and you'll never ignore them again!

#9 - Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster

Season 1998 - Episode 1

"Titanic - Anatomy of a Disaster" is an original Discovery Channel production that looks into not only the history but the mystery surrounding the sinking of Britain's most luxurious passenger liner. Having assembled a unique investigative team of oceanologists, marine engineers, archaeologists, microbiologists, metallurgists, engineers, writers, historians and movie makers, Discovery Channel spent many months unraveling this mystery. Discover the truth about one of history's greatest disasters. Touted as unsinkable prior to its maiden voyage, the manner in which the Titanic sank has long been a source of debate. Watch as scientists and researchers combine underwater archaeology, forensic science, metallurgy and other disciplines to get to the bottom of this 90-year-old mystery. In the frigid North Atlantic night, on the fourth night of its maiden voyage the "unsinkable" R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg on its starboard side and went down. But exactly how did the vessel sink? This investigation narrated by Martin Sheen, takes you on an extraordinary research and recovery expedition to uncover the truth. In Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster, you'll take part in the first expedition to use science to piece together the the Titanic's final hours. First, follow a group of investigators as they dive to the site and analyze the clues to separate fact from fiction. Then, through dramatic re-enactments, computer animation and other state of the art techniques, see how these scientists faithfully recreate the iceberg damage and the sinking process to discover what might have been done to prevent it.

#10 - One Day In Auschwitz

Season 2015 - Episode 1

Seventy years after her liberation, Kitty Hart-Moxon makes a final return to Auschwitz-Birkenau to walk among the crumbling memorial with students Natalia and Lydia, who, at 16, are the same age now as she was then. As Kitty tells them her story of daily existence, themes begin to emerge: the ever-present threat of death, resilience, friendship, human strength, resisting the Nazis' constant lethal intent, and living like an animal while still remaining human. Natalia and Lydia ask questions; Kitty provides answers, passing her legacy to the next generation.

#11 - Lost Nuke

Season 2004 - Episode 2

In February, 1950, a U.S. Air Force bomber carrying a nuclear bomb went missing off the coast of British Columbia. More than half a century later, a Canadian expedition team travels to the remote mountain crash site in the hope of solving the mystery of the world's first lost nuclear weapon.

#12 - UFO Down To Earth: Retrieval

Season 1997 - Episode 2

#13 - Great white! : meet the most fierce & formidable predator on earth.

Season 1992 - Episode 1

By reputation, the Great White Shark is considered to be the most fierce and formidable predator on earth. But, the Great White is actually a superlative predator driven by the urge to endure in a world of drastically diminished opportunities for survival.

#14 - Naica: Secrets of the Crystal Cave

Season 2009 - Episode 2

A team of international scientists explore a Mexican cave filled with giant crystals. With temperatures near 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and over 80 per cent humidity, the cave is one of the deadliest environments on earth. Without specialized suits and equipment, the scientists would die in minutes. Their mission: to unlock the secrets of the mysterious ancient crystals, some of the largest ever discovered.

#15 - Parallel Universe

Season 2001 - Episode 2

The strange notion of parallel universes is gaining strength in the scientific community and may solve our most basic questions about the universe, including the origins of the Big Bang itself.

#16 - Anatomy of Sex

Season 2005 - Episode 2

#17 - Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside The Costa Concordia

Season 2012 - Episode 2

Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside The Concordia gives you an eyewitness account of the tragedy as the Concordia runs aground. The human and environmental toll captured the attention of the public eye and now Discovery Channel takes you inside the stranded ship. With never before seen footage from the evacuation, you can follow the Concordia passengers as they relive their flight to abandon ship and find safety.

#18 - Secrets of Interrogation

Season 2011 - Episode 2

When tried and tested means such as DNA tests and circumstantial evidence fail, confronting a suspect face-to-face might be the only chance police have to reveal the truth about a crime. In this series, watch as dramatic re-enactments demonstrate how the experts see through deception. Learn whether it is possible for the innocent to prevail when they are facing a professional interrogator and how the power of psychology helps to lift the secrecy on acts of malice and revenge.

#19 - Atlantis

Season 1996 - Episode 2

Is "Atlantis: The Evidence" a thinly disguised example of Eurocentrism in the media? Watch Discovery: Atlantis for a more comprehensive view on an age-old debate.

#20 - Watergate: A Third Rate Burglary

Season 1994 - Episode 2

Watergate is a documentary series co-produced by the BBC and Discovery, broadcast in 1994. It was based on the book Watergate: The Corruption and Fall of Richard Nixon, by Fred Emery. The British version was broadcast by the BBC in May 1994, and narrated by Fred Emery. It was broadcast as 5 episodes of 50 minutes each.[1] In the United States, the series premiered on August 7, 1994 and was narrated by Daniel Schorr in 3 parts, with two episodes shown back to back for the first two parts.

#21 - Snaketacular

Season 2016 - Episode 2

Get up close and personal with some of the creepiest creatures on earth - snakes. Host Danny Trejo and experts provide insight on home videos and real snake encounters, in this nail-biting one-hour special!

#22 - Discovering Ardi

Season 2009 - Episode 3

Older than Lucy, "Ardi" reveals startling new details about the evolution of the hominid family tree. Following the publication in the journal Science on the find and study of a 4.4 million-year-old female partial skeleton nicknamed "Ardi," Discovery Channel will present a world premiere special. The two-hour groundbreaking special documents the sustained, intensive investigation leading up to the landmark publication of the Ardipithecus ramidus fossils. The scientific investigation that began in the Ethiopian desert 17 years ago opens a new chapter on human evolution, revealing the first evolutionary steps our ancestors took after we diverged from a common ancestor we once shared with living chimpanzees. "Ardi's" centrepiece skeleton, the other hominids she lived with, and the rocks, soils, plants and animals that made up her world were analyzed in laboratories around the globe. The scientists have now published their findings in the prestigious journal Science. "Ardi" is now the oldest skeleton from our (hominid) branch of the primate family tree. These Ethiopian discoveries reveal an early grade of human evolution in Africa that pre-dated the famous Australopithecus nicknamed "Lucy." Ardipithecus was a woodland creature with a small brain, long arms and short legs. The pelvis and feet show a primitive form of two-legged walking on the ground, but Ardipithecus was also a capable tree climber, with long fingers and big toes that allowed its feet to grasp like those of an ape. The discoveries answer questions about how hominids became bipedal. This landmark Discovery Channel special reveals the scientific analysis undertaken by an international team of 47 scientists as they painstakingly piece together the hominid bones and link the evidence of thousands of other animals and plant fossils. The international research team weighed in on the scope of the project and its findings: "These are the results of a scientific mission to our deep African past," said project co-director and geologist, Dr. Giday Wolde Gabriel of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. "The novel anatomy that we describe in these papers fundamentally alters our understanding of human origins and early evolution," said project anatomist and evolutionary biologist, Professor C. Owen Lovejoy, Kent State University. Project co-director and paleontologist Professor Tim White of the Human Evolution Research Center at the University of California Berkeley adds, "Ardipithecus is not a chimp. It's not a human. It's what we used to be."

#23 - Pompeii: The Last Day

Season 2003 - Episode 3

#24 - Wunder des Weltalls - Mondreisen

Season 2006 - Episode 3

#25 - Nostradamus Decoded

Season 2010 - Episode 2

The possible prophet might have been able to see into the future or to manipulate people's minds.