Discovery channel has documentary television programming focused primarily on popular science, technology and history, but it also has expanded into reality television and pseudo-scientific entertainment. Discovery Channel in the U.S. is primarily focused on reality television series, such as speculative investigation. The popular shows such as MythBusters, Unsolved History and Best Evidence, automobiles, and occupation jobs such as Dirty Jobs and Deadliest Catch.
It also features documentaries specifically aimed at families and younger audiences. This focus on younger audiences is designed specifically for revenue because sponsors pay more for the younger audience. So here goes another good TV channel down the drain for money’s sake. Discovery, what are we discovering? Fish? Seriously!? It would be nice for this channel to get back to grass roots shows such as REAL discoveries.
One of the few shows that continue to offer new and interesting things to people is How It’s Made. The show is a documentary showing how common, everyday items (including foodstuffs like bubble gum, industrial products such as engines, musical instruments such as guitars, and sporting goods such as snowboards) are manufactured. It is filmed to simplify overdubbing in different languages.
For example, the show avoids showing a narrator or host onscreen, does not often have employees of featured companies speak on camera, and keeps human interaction with the manufacturing process to a bare minimum. An off-screen narrator explains each process, often with humorous puns. Each half-hour show usually has three or four main segments, with each product getting a demonstration of approximately five minutes; exceptions are allowed in the allotted time for more complex products. Usually, every show has at least one product with a historic background note preceding it: Showing how and where the product originated, and what people used before it.
At least with a show like How It’s made you still feel like you are “discovering” something new and not just watching a reality show about something that has nothing to do with Discoveries!