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Best Shows to Binge on Discovery+

Discovery+ is home to a huge library of shows centered on real life (or a produced version of real life, anyway). Here are some shows we think will keep you entertained.

  • Planet Earth II

    November 6, 2016

    David Attenborough presents a documentary series exploring how animals meet the challenges of surviving in the most iconic habitats on earth.

  • MythBusters

    January 23, 2003

    MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created and produced by Australia’s Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The show’s hosts, special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories.

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

    July 25, 2005

    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations was an American travel and food show on the Travel Channel; it also airs on the Discovery Travel & Living channel around the world. In it, host Anthony Bourdain visits overseas countries, cities worldwide, and places within the U.S., where hosts treat him to local culture and cuisine. The series premiered in 2005 on the Travel Channel. The format and content of the show is similar to Bourdain’s 2001–2002 Food Network series, A Cook’s Tour. The Travel Channel announced that season 9 will be the show’s final season. Season 9 premiered on September 3, 2012 and concluded with its series finale episode on November 5, 2012.

    The special episode Anthony Bourdain in Beirut that aired between Seasons 2 and 3 was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming in 2007. In 2009 the series won the Emmy for “Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming”.

  • American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda

    January 4, 2021

    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.

  • Life Story

    October 23, 2014

    The remarkable and often perilous story of the journey through life. It is a story that unites each of us with every animal on the planet, because we all set out on this journey from the moment we are born. For animals there is just one goal in life – to continue their bloodline in the form of offspring. This series follows that journey through its six crucial stages: first steps, growing up, finding a home, gaining power, winning a mate and succeeding as a parent.

  • Good Eats

    July 7, 1999

    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.

  • First in Human

    August 10, 2017

    With unprecedented access to the halls of Building 10, First In Human reveals for the first time how the medical breakthroughs of tomorrow make their way out of the hi-tech research laboratories and into the hands of our world’s medical professionals. The series explores the lives of the doctors, researchers, and patients who together make progress possible in this cutting-edge testing ground.

  • Pawn Stars

    July 19, 2009

    Go inside the colorful world of the pawn business. At the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, generations of the Harrison family run the family business, and there’s clashing and camaraderie every step of the way.

    This show is incredible “background TV.” It requires minimal attention. It’s harmless. It’s mildly entertaining. You might learn something, and you get to see cool old stuff.

  • The First 48

    June 3, 2004

    The First 48 follows detectives from around the country during these first critical hours as they race against time to find the suspect. Gritty and fast-paced, it takes viewers behind the scenes of real-life investigations with unprecedented access to crime scenes, autopsies, forensic processing, and interrogations.

  • Man vs. Wild

    October 27, 2006

    Bear strands himself in popular wilderness destinations where tourists often find themselves lost or in danger.

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