The BEST Discovery Shows

The top 35 shows on Discovery

Expedition Unknown

#1 - Expedition Unknown

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions.

star 9.21
479 votes
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When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

#2 - When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

NASA unlocks their vaults and lends their footage to the Discovery Channel to form this fascinating HD series. Narrated by Gary Sinise, this collection of training videos, home movies and more detail some of the first missions to the moon.

star 9.00
543 votes
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Dirty Jobs

#3 - Dirty Jobs

DIRTY JOBS profiles the unsung American laborers who make their living in the most unthinkable -- yet vital -- ways. Our brave host and apprentice Mike Rowe will introduce you to a hardworking group of men and women who overcome fear, danger and sometimes stench and overall ickiness to accomplish their daily tasks.

star 8.92
1,948 votes
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Survivorman

#4 - Survivorman

No food, no shelter, no fresh water, no tools ... no camera crew. One man - alone in the wilderness for seven days with only his wits and stamina to sustain him.

star 8.80
976 votes
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Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

#5 - Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking is an epic new kind of cosmology series, a Planet Earth of the heavens. It takes the world's most famous scientific mind and sets it free, powered by the limitless possibilities of computer animation. Hawking gives us the ultimate guide to the universe, a ripping yarn based on real science, spanning the whole of space and time -- from the nature of the universe itself, to the chances of alien life, and the real possibility of time travel.

star 8.72
652 votes
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Fast N' Loud

#6 - Fast N' Loud

Buckle your seatbelts motor fans. The all-new season of Fast N' Loud will take viewers on a wild ride as Richard Rawlings and his team at Gas Monkey Garage push their limits further than ever before. This season, Richard is putting everything on the line in hopes of taking Gas Monkey Garage to new heights and a new level of success in the hotrod world.

star 8.70
1,240 votes
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Gold Rush

#7 - Gold Rush

The series follows the gold mining efforts of various family-run mining companies mostly in the Klondike region of Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.

star 8.43
2,434 votes
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Man vs. Wild

#8 - Man vs. Wild

MAN VS. WILD brings seasoned adventurer Bear Grylls face to face with the grueling task of navigating remote locations, sharing invaluable survival strategies along the way.

star 8.23
2,139 votes
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BattleBots (2015)

#9 - BattleBots (2015)

BattleBots promises to wow viewers with next generation robots—bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. The show will focus on the design and build of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event.

star 8.14
324 votes
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Shark Week

#10 - Shark Week

Every year The Discovery Channel dedicates a full week to sharks, this includes newly made specials each year all featuring sharks.

star 8.12
471 votes
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Dual Survival

#11 - Dual Survival

Surviving in the wild is not an exact science. Beyond the basics of finding water, food, shelter and eventually help, opinions vary. Two experts tell how they think it's done in this series, as initial episodes feature trained survivalists Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin demonstrating the skills and creative thinking that can help one cope in tough surroundings. Equipped with minimal gear, the pair are left in remote locations -- an uninhabited island off Nova Scotia, a New Zealand mountaintop, deep in the Everglades, the jungle of Thailand, and the desert of Baja California, to name a few -- where they battle the elements and sometimes each other. Season 3 introduces U.S. Special Ops veteran Joseph Teti to replace Canterbury, and in the middle of Season 4, primitive survivalist Matt Graham of Discovery's "Dude, You're Screwed" replaces Lundin.

star 8.01
440 votes
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Street Outlaws

#12 - Street Outlaws

From a 1969 Chevy Nova to a race-ready farm truck, the vehicles - and their drivers - come in all shapes and sizes and have one thing in common: the need for speed. But according to the STREET OUTLAWS of Oklahoma City - home to one of the largest undercover street racing rings in America – if you’re not on “the list,” you don’t matter. The “list” contains the 10 fastest street-racing cars in Oklahoma City and they are the best of the best. Not only will these guys will do anything -ANYTHING- to get ranked on this list, they’ll do whatever it takes to STAY ranked. Street racing comes first - before family, before friends and before work. The stakes are high and these drivers will put everything on the line to get to top, where there can only be one #1.

star 7.95
518 votes
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Alaskan Bush People

#13 - Alaskan Bush People

Deep into Alaska's bush, naturalist and adventurer Billy Brown, along with his wife, Ami, and their seven children, chooses to live life on their own terms, connected to wild nature and bonded to each other. The family of nine strives to be self-sufficient against all odds — often shunning modern society to live off the wilderness and to walk where no man has ever walked before.

star 7.95
601 votes
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Alaska: The Last Frontier

#14 - Alaska: The Last Frontier

Following the Kilchers provides a look into life off the grid, where going without running water and electricity and having limited contact with the outside world is part of the daily routine. While capturing the spirit of pioneer living is never easy, Alaska: The Last Frontier transports you to a place where day-to-day life is truly different from what we know.

star 7.80
549 votes
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Prototype This

#15 - Prototype This

In a warehouse on an island in San Francisco Bay, a team of engineers and PhD's are inventing the future one prototype at a time. From finding solutions to today's problems, to conceiving cool machines that are just fun to have around, the Prototype This crew imagines and then invents the future by using emerging technologies to build the craziest, one-of-a-kind prototypes of tomorrow.

star 7.78
232 votes
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Yukon Men

#16 - Yukon Men

There's a town deep in the remote interior of Alaska, at the junction of two powerful rivers, with no roads in or out, where wolves howling through the frigid night air reminds the 200 people living there how isolated they really are. Discovery Channel's thrilling new series YUKON MEN, premiering Friday August 24th at 10PM ET/PT unveils Tanana, Alaska as its people face one of the most brutal winters on record. Life here is harsh. People struggle to find food and heat; battle life-threatening predators just to survive. Boys grow into men quickly here because they must help the family survive. Father-son bonding and tensions take on a new meaning in this environment. The stakes are high in Tanana, and to defy the odds, to survive and to battle the harsh Alaskan wilderness, these YUKON MEN must overcome obstacles, stick together and prevail.

star 7.69
284 votes
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Naked and Afraid XL

#17 - Naked and Afraid XL

A group of amateur survivalists are put to the ultimate test in the wild for 40 days with nothing but a few primitive tools. No food. No clothing. No water. They must hunt and gather whatever they need until extraction day.

star 7.63
374 votes
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American Chopper: Senior vs Junior

#18 - American Chopper: Senior vs Junior

"American Chopper" is back ... sort of. After that popular motorcycle-building reality series crashed after six seasons amidst a Teutul family feud, Paul Sr. and son Paul Jr. return as competitors. Senior and his staff continue their work at Orange County Choppers, while Junior launches Paul Jr. Designs across the street from OCC's original site. Not only that, but Paulie twists the knife even more by hiring former OCC employees, including his brother Mikey, Vinnie DiMartino, Robert "Nub" Colard and Joe Puliafico. With the battle lines drawn, who will survive by designing and building the most innovative choppers?

star 7.63
497 votes
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Deadliest Catch

#19 - Deadliest Catch

Forty-foot waves, 700 pound crab pots, freezing temperatures and your mortality staring you in the face…it's all in a day's work for these modern day prospectors. During each episode we will watch crews race to meet their quota and make it home safely.

star 7.62
5,440 votes
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Bering Sea Gold

#20 - Bering Sea Gold

In the frontier town of Nome, Alaska, there’s a gold rush on. But you’ve never seen gold mining like this before — here, the precious metal isn’t found in the ground. It’s sitting in the most unlikely of places: the bottom of the frigid, unpredictable Bering Sea. And there are a handful of people willing to risk it all to bring it to the surface.

star 7.62
732 votes
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Moonshiners

#21 - Moonshiners

Think the days of bootleggers, backwoods stills and "white lightning" are over? Not a chance! It's a multi-million dollar industry. But perhaps more importantly to the moonshiners, it's a tradition dating back hundreds of years, passed down to them from their forefathers. It's part of their history and culture. While this practice is surprisingly alive and well, it's not always legal. Discovery Channel's all-new series MOONSHINERS tells the story of those who brew their shine - often in the woods near their homes using camouflaged equipment - and the local authorities who try to keep them honest. Viewers will witness practices rarely, if ever, seen on television including the sacred rite of passage for a moonshiner - firing up the still for the first time. They will also meet legends, including notorious moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton.

star 7.61
582 votes
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Discovery Channel Documentaries

#22 - Discovery Channel Documentaries

Discovery Channel (formerly The Discovery Channel from 1985 to 1995, and often referred to as simply "Discovery") is an American basic cable and satellite television channel (which is also delivered via IPTV, terrestrial television and internet television in other parts of the world).

star 7.58
379 votes
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Gold Rush: Parker's Trail

#23 - Gold Rush: Parker's Trail

Despite striking it rich mining in his home state of Alaska, "Gold Rush" star Parker Schnabel isn't satisfied. He's always wondered if he could follow in the footsteps of his forebears and take on the legendary Klondike Gold Rush trail. Wonder no more. In honor of his family -- especially his beloved grandfather, who always inspired him to push beyond his limits -- Parker attempts to mimic a journey that killed thousands of brave souls in the late 19th century. As winter closes in, he begins the trek across the Coastal Range and works his way to the fabled goldfields of the Klondike. He's joined by his foreman, Rick Ness; wilderness guide Karla Ann, who once worked with Parker as a rock truck driver; and cameramen James Levelle, who has known Parker for years.

star 7.47
47 votes
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American Chopper

#24 - American Chopper

American Chopper profiles the lives of New York natives Paul Teutul Sr. and son Paul Jr. of Orange County Choppers (OCC), creators of the world's most outrageous custom motorcycles. Follow the day-to-day drama of this volatile father and son team as they battle impossible deadlines and each other to push the envelope of motorcycle design and fabrication.

star 7.44
636 votes
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Penn & Teller Tell a Lie

#25 - Penn & Teller Tell a Lie

In each episode of "Penn & Teller Tell a Lie,'' the comedy-magic duo makes several (up to seven) outrageous claims, such as a butter knife can stop a speeding bullet, that are supported by scientific evidence -- most of which are, surprisingly, true. But one of the claims is a lie. And it's up to the viewers, in an interactive format, to determine which of the duo's stories is false. Viewers are prompted throughout the show to utilize the show's online and mobile apps to cast their votes and at the end of each episode, the live results of the home audience's vote are revealed.

star 7.42
382 votes
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The Last Alaskans

#26 - The Last Alaskans

The Last Alaskans chronicles the daily rituals of four families choosing to live in seclusion, vast distances from each other as they overcome harsh arctic conditions, frustrating setbacks, and aggressive wildlife while they survive in one of the last great unspoiled and unforgiving wildernesses on the planet. In the refuge, prop planes, canoes and dog sleds replace the modern luxuries that most people take for granted. Humans cohabit with the animal world and often share the same emotions and struggles while they discover that they are not necessary at the top of the food chain. Utilizing an authentic and organic approach to document the weeks leading up to and during the winter season, The Last Alaskans sets a distinctive and vibrant tone unlike any other docu-series before to completely immerse the viewer into a world that would otherwise be lost in history.

star 7.40
164 votes
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Future Weapons

#27 - Future Weapons

An entertaining and upbeat, mostly factual and undeniably cool show to watch about the future of weaponry. The host is a former US Navy SEAL and he uses easy to understand language. This isn't a show dealing strictly with the US military, but instead it crosses international boundaries while offering a look at truly astonishing weaponry.

star 7.29
249 votes
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Klondike (2014)

#28 - Klondike (2014)

Klondike is an event mini-series of epic proportion inspired by the true stories of those who hunted for wealth and battled for survival in the brutal Yukon Territory. At the center of the action are Bill Haskell and Byron Epstein – childhood best friends who risk everything to pursue their dream of striking it rich during the 1890’s gold rush. Lured into this treacherous landscape by the prospect of riches, they endure the unforgiving elements and discover that the deadliest threats are always human.

star 7.25
358 votes
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Gold Rush: White Water

#29 - Gold Rush: White Water

Gold miners Dakota Fred and his son Dustin are back – returning to McKinley Creek Alaska, determined to make a fortune no matter the risk. But to find the big gold payout, they'll put their lives on the line by diving deep beneath the raging waters of one of Alaska's wildest creeks.

star 7.25
122 votes
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How Do They Do It?

#30 - How Do They Do It?

How Do They Do It? Ever wondered how the stripes get into toothpaste or how contact lenses are made? How do goods get from one country to another and then into our supermarkets? What are car tires made from and exactly why are plasma TV screens flat? Eating, drinking, driving, flying. These all are activities that we carry out with barely a second thought. But have you ever wondered what exactly goes into your teabag and how it got there? How does an airport handle hundreds of thousands of items of luggage each day? And just how can a car’s airbag inflate so quickly? Every day – often without even realizing it – we come into contact with technology, be it in the bathroom, in the car or on the golf course. We take a look at how things work, and focus on some of the most amazing examples of everyday objects including the world’s fastest elevator and the most expensive chocolate money can buy.

star 7.07
288 votes
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Naked and Afraid

#31 - Naked and Afraid

Discovery Channel takes the ubiquitous survival show theme to the next level by stripping it to its bare essentials. Two complete strangers -- a man and a woman -- meet in a very unique way: They're stranded in a dangerous, desolate location, without food and water, and they're completely naked. Each episode follows the two as they attempt to survive on their own for 21 days, with nothing but one personal item each and the knowledge that the only prize is their pride and sense of accomplishment. Because there is no other choice, the couple quickly get to know each other -- and their surroundings -- and hope that their instincts, survival skills and intestinal fortitude will serve them well.

star 6.88
963 votes
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Diesel Brothers

#32 - Diesel Brothers

Follow Heavy D, Diesel Dave and their crew at Dieselsellerz.

star 6.60
120 votes
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Curiosity

#33 - Curiosity

Curiosity is an adventure of discovery, an expedition to uncover the truths behind life's most challenging questions. With an insatiable thirst for answers and experiences, we're prepared to do anything, go anywhere and ask anyone to get to the heart of the matter. Curiosity asks and answers the most fundamental questions facing the world today.

star 6.38
298 votes
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Auction Kings

#34 - Auction Kings

Buyers in the Atlanta area searching for those one-of-a-kind items -- a vampire hunting kit, anyone? -- know exactly where to go, but the quantity is always limited and the prices fluid. ``Auction Kings'' follows the action at Gallery 63, a storied auction house in Hotlanta with a reputation for selling both bizarre and high-end items. Its owner, Paul Brown, manages his feisty staff and mingles with his customers, bidders and buyers who come from all walks of life.

star 6.07
191 votes
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Amish Mafia

#35 - Amish Mafia

Untrusting of outside law enforcement, some Amish in Lancaster County, PA have for many years regularly turned to a small organized group of men for protection and justice. The 2006 School shootings in Lancaster County during which five young Amish girls were killed and five more seriously injured by a non-Amish milk truck driver brought to the nation's attention the vulnerabilities of the Amish community, and their need for continued protection.

star 5.73
145 votes
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