The Best Episodes of Discovery Channel Documentaries

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

#1 - 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.

Directors: John McKenney
The Holy Grail

#2 - The Holy Grail

Season 1 - Episode 178

Stealth Secrets

#3 - Stealth Secrets

Season 1 - Episode 2

Valley Of The T-Rex

#4 - Valley Of The T-Rex

Season 2001 - Episode 4

Join paleontologist Jack Horner on a journey into the arid badlands of Montana where more T. rex skeletons have been uncovered than any other place on earth. Follow Horner – who found five T. rex dinosaurs here in a single summer – as he scrutinizes the T. rex's arms, large olfactory lobes, tiny eye sockets and unique teeth, to gain insight into whether T. rex was a ferocious predator or an opportunistic scavenger. For example, Horner surmises that the T. rex's stumpy arms wouldn't allow T. rex to scoop up prey, indicating he may have come along after the kill. Among Jack Horner's finds is the oldest T. rex ever found. At 68 million years, it's 3 million years older than any other specimen challenging the beliefs of when T. rex roamed the Earth. Also, see a 90% complete never before seen juvenile tyrannosaur called Daspletasaurus – an earlier large meat-eating cousin of T. rex. Visit dig sites, labs and museums, and witness brilliant computer animation that visualizes how these creatures lived and died. Plus, see new evidence that could allow scientists to reach ever further back in time.

Bermuda Triangle Exposed

#5 - Bermuda Triangle Exposed

Season 2011 - Episode 5

Examine the Bermuda Triangle by layer to reveal what's beneath the 440, 000 square miles of ocean in the deadly marine graveyard. Freak waves, magnetic anomalies, giant whirlpools and more have been blamed for its mysterious plane and boat disappearances.

Shipwreck: The Mystery Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

#6 - Shipwreck: The Mystery Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Season 1995 - Episode 6

Documentary re-creating the mysterious sinking of the cargo ship "Edmund Fitzgerald" on November 10, 1975 in Lake Superior. Features dramatic re-enactments of events aboard the doomed ship, and actual live-action footage from a descent to the wreck during the summer of 1995.

Directors: Christopher Rowley
Churchill's Toyshop

#7 - Churchill's Toyshop

Season 2015 - Episode 6

CHURCHILL'S TOYSHOP explores the secretive and strange arms race between Britain and the Nazis during WW2. Convinced that the path to victory lay in out gunning the Nazis but faced with limited resources, British weapon manufactures were forced to improvise. To combat the problem, Winston Churchill himself set-up a secret clandestine research institute, dedicated to coming up with super weapons that would give troops the edge in battle. He christened the department Military Defence 1 but it quickly becomes known as Churchill's toyshop. Using rare archive and interviews, the one-off special tells the story of the department and some of the most fantastic and improbable weapons ever created. With the help of modern experts and contemporary blue prints the series will also recreate some of the lost technology.

Everest Avalanche Tragedy

#8 - Everest Avalanche Tragedy

Season 2014 - Episode 7

Originally announced as a series following Joby Ogwyn's preparation as he trains to become the first person to jump from the peak of Mount Everest. The series would have culminated in attempting the stunt live on air. However due to the death of 12 Sherpa guides on April the 18th, the stunt was cancelled and instead NBC News will use the footage shot to present a special documentary highlighting the events leading up to the tragedy.

Pompeii Back From The Dead

#9 - Pompeii Back From The Dead

Season 2011 - Episode 8

As Vesuvius rained destruction on the the Roman town of Pompeii, 74 men, women and children took refuge in a dark cellar. There, they waited, while their friends and neighbors fell victim to the heat and ash that swallowed the city. They thought they had survived the worst - instead, they became the last people to die in the disaster. The discovery of their bones - perfectly preserved - reveals much about the way the people of Pompeii lived - and died.

Secret Life of Money

#10 - Secret Life of Money

Season 2013 - Episode 9

The incredible life cycle of cash money is set to be examined by the Discovery Channel. SPOILERS: It doesn't come anywhere close to my wallet!

Delta Company - The Push to Baghdad

#11 - Delta Company - The Push to Baghdad

Season 2005 - Episode 9

Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion was a lead ground attack element in the 2003 Iraq War. Accompanying them for the entire three-week charge from Kuwait to Baghdad were Marine Corps combat cameraman equipped with the latest high definition cameras. Delta Company is the two-hour television special based on that combat footage, including personal accounts of the Marines as they are leading the charge. The stunning footage in this program has never been seen on television before. Highlights include dramatic tank, air, and infantry combat, briefings and interaction between soldiers, and interviews with key military participants along the road to Baghdad. With the help of a heroic lance corporal who detonates a failed line charge by hand, Delta Company overcomes the obstacles at the Diyala Bridge. The unit achieves the first opposed bridge crossing in Marine Corps history since the Korean War. Amid scattered resistance, the Delta Company tanks push through and enter the city. Soldiers interact with civilian populations, joining them in toppling statues of the former dictator. As major combat operations conclude, Marines reflect on their experience and prepare to return home.

9/11: After the Towers Fell

#12 - 9/11: After the Towers Fell

Season 2010 - Episode 10

When the Twin Towers Collapsed on September 11, 2001, thousands were feared trapped beneath the tons of steel and rubble. Rescue Workers, family, and friends rushed to Ground Zero to save the buried. These are the stories of the race to rescue survivors.

Eyes On Mars

#13 - Eyes On Mars

Season 1 - Episode 13

EYES ON MARS is the essential companion for the Mars missions. With more than two hours of content, it presents: - An exciting documentary about the ongoing quest to fully understand the mysteries of Mars - 3-D computer-generated simulation of the Mars mission, detailing the launch, flight, and landing of the Mars Exploration Rover - A look at Mars missions of the past -- the successes and the failures -- and the robotics we sent there - A Mars gallery with artists' renderings of Mars landscapes Interviews with 16 guest experts who answer questions about life on Mars, water on Mars, and other enduring mysteries.

Directors: Dave Broody
Mile Wide Tornado: Storm Chasers Tribute

#14 - Mile Wide Tornado: Storm Chasers Tribute

Season 2013 - Episode 12

Mile Wide Tornado: Storm Chasers Tribute centers on the severe tornado that hit near Moore, Okla., On May 20 and left 24 dead, including three storm chasers. Also included are highlights and special scenes of storm chasers Tim & Paul Samaras and Carl Young from the Discovery series, which ran from 2007 to 2011.

Secrets of Future Airpower

#15 - Secrets of Future Airpower

Season 2004 - Episode 15

Apollo 11: The Untold Story

#16 - Apollo 11: The Untold Story

Season 2006 - Episode 16

When Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon in July 1969, Apollo 11 was hailed as the supreme triumph of American technology. But behind the flag waving lies a very different story: the untold account of how close the mission came to disaster. Now, nearly forty years later, men on that mission reveal what really happened on the first voyage to the moon, and unpublished NASA documents are made public for the first time. It's a tale of how primitive computer technology coupled with human errors and mechanical failures nearly caused the tragic loss of the crew. Apollo 11: The Untold Story reveals how, in deep space, the lunar module lost all contact with earth, coming within seconds of crashing. By running off course, the lunar module became critically low on fuel over inhospitable boulder-strewn lunar terrain. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin recalls how the astronauts believed they saw a UFO some 200,000 miles from earth, an event covered up at NASA's insistence for over thirty years. We discover how Mission Control's total computing power was the equivalent of one of today's laptops while the power of the lunar module was equal to a modern digital watch. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin reveals how a ballpoint pen saved him and Neil Armstrong from a lonely death stranded on the moon; and we discover how behind the scenes, so great were the fears that the crew wouldn't return that during the mission White House officials prepared a secret memorial speech for President Nixon to deliver to the world in the event of tragedy. Everybody thinks they know about Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong's "one small step for man", the stars and stripes planted firmly in the moon rock, the triumphant return to earth. This film, drawing on first hand testimonies from Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz and key personnel from the mission, reveals just how complicated that mission really was. For a group of pioneering men armed with experimental 1960s technology, Apollo 11 was a triumph against the odds that came close to ending in disaster.

Comet Collision

#17 - Comet Collision

Season 2005 - Episode 16

In July 2005, NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with comet Tempel 1, providing the first-ever glimpse of the interior of one of these "dirty snowballs" and valuable insight into the formation of our solar system. NASA's brilliant, but risky, plan to send a tiny, copper-plated probe hurtling directly towards the city-sized comet at a speed of 23,000 mph was a smashing success. The resulting explosion of particles provided experts with new data about the composition of life-building materials that were present in the early solar system. Watch as state-of-the-art spacecraft animation and stunning location photography bring the mission to life, taking viewers behind the scenes of NASA's high-profile mission. Follow the entire journey of the doomed Deep Impact probe, from its initial design to the extraordinary challenge of building a spacecraft that's intended to be smashed to pieces.

America's Lost Submarine

#18 - America's Lost Submarine

Season 2009 - Episode 18

A vacation along Panama's Pearl Islands led Archaeologist James Delgado to an astounding discovery, the world's first working submarine, rusting on a remote beach, forgotten for over 135 years. We follow Delgado as he uncovers the mystery surrounding this maritime treasure. How did the vessel work, what killed its inventor and crew, and why did it end up here in this deserted archipelago? We also trace the amazing life of emigrated German engineer Julius Kroehl and how he invented a diving craft that was half a century ahead of its time.

Eaten Alive

#19 - Eaten Alive

Season 2014 - Episode 19

Naturalist and wildlife filmmaker Paul Rosolie enters the belly of an anaconda in a snake-proof suit.

The World's Most Expensive Cars

#20 - The World's Most Expensive Cars

Season 2012 - Episode 19

Velocity Classic Special: The Auto Union is one of the rarest & most expensive race cars in history. This special focuses on the controversy surrounding its auction in Paris France (2007).

B-17 Flying Legend

#21 - B-17 Flying Legend

Season 2007 - Episode 21

An in-depth study of the last remaining flyable B-17s in existence today. Beautifully edited with current and historic footage of the B-17, the producers have captured the true meaning of why she was called 'The Queen of the Skies.'

We Built This City - New York

#22 - We Built This City - New York

Season 1 - Episode 31

The Scorpion's Tale

#23 - The Scorpion's Tale

Season 2006 - Episode 32

Scorpions belong to the oldest land-based arachnides. Over 1800 different species are known to exist. Usually, they do not surpass the size of 10cm in length, but exceptions are know, such as the Emperor Scorpion (Pandinus imperator) which can grow up to become over 20cm in size. Scorpions mostly live at night and hide away during the day. They live mainly on insects but some species also feed on rodents and reptiles (lizards that are not big enough to be an opponent). Today humans threaten the existence of some species of scorpions. Take a look into the live of these amazing creatures!

Directors: Tony Daniels
Nostradamus Decoded

#24 - Nostradamus Decoded

Season 2010 - Episode 2

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

100 Greatest Discoveries Physics

#25 - 100 Greatest Discoveries Physics

Season 1 - Episode 43

Explore the most important physics discoveries that help us understand how the world and universe operate, and why things move and work the way they do. Learn about the scientific breakthroughs of Galileo, Sir Issac Newton, Albert Einstein, and more.