The BEST Discovery+ shows of all time

Every Discovery+ show, ranked

We've compiled the average episode rating for every Discovery+ show to compile this list of best shows!

Good Eats
star
9.52
2072 votes

#1 - Good Eats

Pop culture, comedy, and plain good eating: Host Alton Brown explores the origins of ingredients, decodes culinary customs and presents food and equipment trends. Punctuated by unusual interludes, simple preparations and unconventional discussions, he'll bring you food in its finest and funniest form.

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Ed Stafford: Into The Unknown
star
9.40
83 votes

#2 - Ed Stafford: Into The Unknown

Ed Stafford is on a mission to investigate some of the planet's mysteries. Using photographs of Earth, taken by satellites, showing strange markings in some of the most remote places on the planet, he sets out to find the targets, and solve the riddles.

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Expedition Unknown
star
9.10
534 votes

#3 - 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.

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Homestead Rescue
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9.04
158 votes

#4 - Homestead Rescue

Expert homesteader, Marty Raney, along with his daughter Misty and son Matt, give struggling families a second chance at surviving off-the-grid. The stakes are high, but the Raney family is determined to prepare these families for nature’s worst and set them up for success.

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Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings
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9.04
58 votes

#5 - Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings

Each week, Outlaws veteran "Chuck" will serve as race master in a new city and on a new "no prep" track, where 32 of the biggest names in no prep racing - including STREET OUTLAWS favorites, as well as newcomers - will duke it out to become the ultimate "no prep winner" and receive a $40,000 first place purse.

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Beyond Survival With Les Stroud
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8.98
57 votes

#6 - Beyond Survival With Les Stroud

After braving some of the most remote locations on Earth alone (filming himself for ``Survivorman''), adventurer Les Stroud continues his survival journey with some newfound friends. He travels to places such as Madagascar and the Kalahari Desert in Africa to learn new survival skills from the few remaining indigenous tribes around the world. Stroud also takes part in rituals and ceremonies and discovers how these various cultures have persevered for thousands of years. As he says, ``Once you have secured the survival of your body, you still have to ensure the survival of your mind and spirit.''

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When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
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8.96
555 votes

#7 - 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.

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Dirty Jobs
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8.87
2023 votes

#8 - 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.

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After the Catch
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8.71
114 votes

#9 - After the Catch

Mike Rowe hosts this mini-series follow-up to the Deadliest Catch. The many popular deck-hands and captains get together to tell their tales and share their experiences on the high seas.

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Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
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8.67
693 votes

#10 - 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.

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Fast N' Loud
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8.65
1267 votes

#11 - 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.

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Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
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8.60
5 votes

#12 - 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.

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Everest Beyond the Limit
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8.55
228 votes

#13 - Everest Beyond the Limit

In April and May 2006, eleven determined climbers from all over the world, and one veteran guide, took to the world's tallest peak in an attempt to reach the summit. Partially filmed with cameras mounted to Sherpas' helmets, and two camerapersons who also summited with high-altitude cameras, this six-part production offers an amazing, unflinching look at this incredible expedition through a zeroing in on the experiences of six of the climbers. Packed with plenty of edge-of-your seat intensity and footage with perspectives never before seen, this series is a must-see for HD television fanatics.

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Fight Quest
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8.49
179 votes

#14 - Fight Quest

Join hosts Doug Anderson and Jimmy Smith as they travel the globe in search of a variety of fighting challenges. The pair immerse themselves in the local culture as they prepare to face off against a local in a no-holds-barred battle. Locations include the Philippines, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico City, Thailand, Israel, Brazil and India. Jimmy Smith, an LA-based mixed martial arts fighter...

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Gold Rush
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8.35
2609 votes

#15 - Gold Rush

Teams of miners face various obstacles and overcome several challenges as they dig for gold in the lesser-known regions across Canada and the United States.

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Street Outlaws: Memphis
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8.31
105 votes

#16 - Street Outlaws: Memphis

In Memphis, it's all for one and one for all, and no one illustrates that sentiment better than JJ Da Boss and his "Team Memphis" crew. Along with his wife Tricia, who is known on the streets as "Midget," and his cousin Precious, also known as the "Queen of the Streets," fast-talking JJ welcomes viewers into his world where racing is all about pride and honor. Team Memphis has few rules, and its members often put their lives on the line for the hustle of the race. They are "trying to beat ya, not cheat ya," and are available whenever a challenger emerges.

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Harley and the Davidsons
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8.29
253 votes

#17 - Harley and the Davidsons

Story of the birth of the iconic Harley-Davidson brand that launched in 1903 by two friends from Milwaukee: William Harley and Arthur Davidson.

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Build it Bigger
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8.26
162 votes

#18 - Build it Bigger

Architect Danny Forster takes you inside some of the most head-scratching builds in the world. Join Danny as he meets the men and women tackling the unique challenges of constructing the tallest buildings, the most effective military tanks, the largest luxury cruise ships, and the most extreme thrill rides. How do you build a 3,113-foot-long wooden roller coaster in winter temperatures of minus 40 degrees? Or get your workers safely to and from a worksite on a skyscraper that's 1,614 feet above street level? Or dig a water tunnel - along the San Adreas Fault and 1,000 feet below the earth's surface - without it collapsing on itself ... or flooding? Our intrepid host answers these puzzles and more. Don't miss the big stories behind these even bigger engineering marvels.

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Weed Wars
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8.25
122 votes

#19 - Weed Wars

“Weed Wars" fearlessly pulls back the curtain on a once illegal and still controversial world,” said Nancy Daniels, executive VP at Discovery Channel. “From the inner workings of the business to Steve’s distinctive leadership style, "Weed Wars" is a fascinating glimpse into this highly unique setting. Like Gold Rush or Deadliest Catch, these are guys pursuing their own version of the American Dream.”

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Man vs. Wild
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8.19
2215 votes

#20 - 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.

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Ghost Adventures
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8.16
1539 votes

#21 - Ghost Adventures

Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans and his crew, Nick Groff, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley search for haunted locations both domestically and internationally. During their investigations, Zak and crew acquaint themselves with the general area; interview locals about the hauntings; and go face-to-face with the evil spirits who reportedly haunt these locations.

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The FBI Files
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8.14
219 votes

#22 - The FBI Files

Through re-enactments of high profile cases involving the FBI, the show reveals how agents solve these crimes behind the scene. The show producers work with FBI special agents and examiners in high tech crime labs to portrait each case accurately. You will learn how the FBI protects the lives of Americans and brings the most notorious criminals to justice. The FBI was originally established to address crime that covered cities, counties, and spread across state lines. The country needed a federal law-enforcement entity to do those investigations. And over the years, as the country has grown and as the world, by the same token, has grown smaller, the FBI's mission has changed to meet the various threats.

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Shark Week
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8.13
482 votes

#23 - Shark Week

Every year we dedicate a full week to sharks, this includes newly made specials each year all featuring sharks and their attacks.

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BattleBots (2015)
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8.04
412 votes

#24 - 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.

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Street Outlaws
star
7.96
560 votes

#25 - Street Outlaws

Oklahoma City's street racers participate in a contest to showcase their driving skills and compete against each other to win the title.

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Dual Survival
star
7.94
454 votes

#26 - 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. Equipped with minimal gear, the pair are left in remote locations where they battle the elements and sometimes each other.

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American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda
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7.87
32 votes

#27 - American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda

In American Detective, Kenda trades in his own case files to bring viewers astounding investigations from across the country, with each episode featuring a different homicide detective whose tireless efforts helped put a killer behind bars and bring justice for the victim.

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Web of Lies
star
7.87
178 votes

#28 - Web of Lies

In the online world, you never really know who you're talking to. This series reveals stories of deception and homicide triggered by online interactions. From the black widow wives hiding behind alter-egos to jilted lovers stalking their exes, from obsessive lovers enacting their disturbing fantasies to shocking tales of kidnap, violence and deception - each episode follows stories with jaw-dropping twists and turns as the web of lies is revealed.

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Alaskan Bush People
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7.86
647 votes

#29 - 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.

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The Holzer Files
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7.81
31 votes

#30 - The Holzer Files

Paranormal investigator Dave Schrader, psychic medium Cindy Kaza, equipment expert Shane Pittman and researcher Gabe Roth investigate terrifyingly true hauntings from the recently discovered case files of America's first ghost hunter, Dr. Hans Holzer.

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Alaska: The Last Frontier
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7.76
591 votes

#31 - 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.

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Mysteries of the Abandoned
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7.76
119 votes

#32 - Mysteries of the Abandoned

They were once some of the most advanced structures and facilities on the planet, standing at the cutting-edge of design and construction. Today they are abandoned, dangerous, some of them even deadly. From uninhabited cities to empty factories, these long-forgotten engineering marvels are scattered around the globe. Science Channel uncovers why some of the world's most advanced architectural achievements were eventually left behind in the all-new series Mysteries of the Abandoned.

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Prototype This
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7.75
233 votes

#33 - 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.

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Ghost Hunters
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7.72
1149 votes

#34 - Ghost Hunters

Fifteen years after introducing the world to the field of authentic paranormal investigation, "Ghost Hunters" returns to television. The series that terrified and captivated fans for 11 seasons will follow one of the original team leaders, Grant Wilson, and his handpicked group of professional ghost hunters as they use their decades of field experience to investigate hauntings across the country. Engaging forensic experts, historical records and the most innovative technology available, the new squad will help everyday people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena. The team is committed to discovering the truth to give relief to those plagued by paranormal activity and will follow the evidence they uncover wherever it may lead.

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Yukon Men
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7.65
290 votes

#35 - 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.

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Deadliest Catch: Bloodline
star
7.64
28 votes

#36 - Deadliest Catch: Bloodline

Captain Phil Harris was a legend on the Bering Sea who spent decades fishing the icy and treacherous waters off the coast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He captained the F/V Cornelia Marie for more than 20 years, and after his tragic passing, his son Josh Harris took over the family business, along with business partner Casey McManus. Now, an unbelievable discovery of mysterious Hawaiian fishing charts scribbled with Captain Phil’s handwriting, notes and statistics, has prompted Deadliest Catch captain and Alaskan legacy fisherman Josh Harris to take a once-in-a-lifetime quest to Hawaii to learn about the time his late father spent fishing there decades ago.

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Naked and Afraid XL
star
7.64
419 votes

#37 - 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.

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Fear Thy Neighbor
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7.62
223 votes

#38 - Fear Thy Neighbor

Fear Thy Neighbor takes you into the lives of horrific neighborly disputes. Watch what happens when a simple issue turns into the worst night of a family's life.

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Deadliest Catch
star
7.61
5572 votes

#39 - 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.

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Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge's Mine Rescue
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7.59
41 votes

#40 - Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge's Mine Rescue

A gold mining veteran with more than 40 years of mining under his belt, Freddy Dodge has earned the name “Gold Guru.” After proving himself to be an invaluable gold recovery expert on GOLD RUSH, Freddy is taking his tool belt on the road to stop struggling mine owners from striking out.

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Klondike (2014)
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7.59
693 votes

#41 - 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.

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American Chopper: Senior vs Junior
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7.59
505 votes

#42 - 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?

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Moonshiners
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7.58
634 votes

#43 - 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.

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Garage Rehab
star
7.58
67 votes

#44 - Garage Rehab

The show follows Richard Rawlings, from the network's 'Fast N' Loud,' and his team as they help struggling shop owners.

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Bering Sea Gold
star
7.56
774 votes

#45 - 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.

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Street Outlaws: America's List
star
7.53
30 votes

#46 - Street Outlaws: America's List

Racers from OKC, Memphis, Texas, NOLA, Detroit, Cali and everywhere in between are ranked on one single list of the best street racers in the nation as they compete weekly for the coveted top spot.

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Relentless
star
7.52
33 votes

#47 - Relentless

When 21-year-old Christina Whittaker disappeared in the small town of Hannibal, MO, a frantic search immediately ensued. Eight months later, filmmaker Christina Fontana met Whittaker's mother when filming a documentary about the families of missing persons. Little did Fontana know, this one case would lead her down a dark path full of conspiracies, betrayals, suicide and murder. Using more than 400 hours of footage from field investigations and video diaries filmed over 11 years, this documentary follows not only a complex search for a missing person, but the journey of a filmmaker who becomes dangerously ensnared by the story she's documenting.

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The Colony
star
7.51
637 votes

#48 - The Colony

The Colony is a controlled experiment to see exactly what it would take to survive and rebuild under these circumstances. For 10 weeks, a group of 10 volunteers, whose backgrounds and expertise represent a cross-section of modern society, are isolated in an urban environment outside Los Angeles and tasked with creating a livable society With no electricity from the grid, no running water and no communication with the outside world, all the volunteers have to work with are their skills and whatever tools and supplies they can scavenge from their surroundings. Experts from the fields of homeland security, engineering and psychology have helped design the world of The Colony to reflect elements from both real-life disasters and models of what the future could look like after a global viral outbreak.

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Discovery Channel Documentaries
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7.50
359 votes

#49 - Discovery Channel Documentaries

Documentaries that have been produced by the Discovery Channel.

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The Last Alaskans
star
7.50
177 votes

#50 - 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.

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