Discovery Plus Originals
Our TV experts binge-watched dozens of hours of Discovery Plus Original series in order to tell you which ones are worth streaming.
The Discovery+ streaming service has 55,000 hours of TV series, and a respectable chunk of those shows are Discovery+ Originals, meaning they’re streaming only on Discovery+. We binge-watched dozens of the exclusive and original shows on the service in order to compile these top recommendations for you.
Recommended Discovery Plus Originals
Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed | Docuseries, true crime
Sometimes greedy megachurch pastors and televangelists get dethroned—only to be replaced by Charlatan 2.0 (now with brighter veneers!). That’s why we need documentaries like Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed. The riveting three-episode series reveals scandal-machine pastors Brian Houston and Carl Lentz for their misdeeds, which rival Dr. Pimple Popper in terms of sheer barfiness.
Pop My Pet | Animals, medical, science
This is a veterinary angle on Doc Popper’s schtick. An oozing abscess is nauseating enough on humans, but they’re extra-special yucky on animals, not to mention heartbreaking. But seeing sweet little doggies cured of revolting, painful, infected abscesses and growths is heartwarming—though definitely still disgusting. So keep a bucket handy and thank the god of the weak-stomached that it’s only a one-hour special.
90-Day: The Single Life | Relationships
If you enjoyed watching condiment-coiffed Big Ed try his best on 90-Day Fiancé, you’ll want to watch him try even harder as a bachelor in this 90-Day Fiancé spin-off. You can’t help but dig the dude—he’s sincere, sweet, vulnerable, and (not completely) self-aware. He’s truly the best part of 90-Day: The Single Life, unless you’re dying to catch up with other 90-Day Fiancé fails. Either way, you’ll find happiness here.
Expedition: Back to the Future | Adventure, automotive, travel
Christopher Lloyd, a.k.a. Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future, joins Josh “Mr. Expedition” Gates in a cross-country search for the original DeLorean Time Machine—which they’ll deliver to Michael J. Fox.
Gates can’t match acting chops with Lloyd, so the scripted reality-TV dialogue is cringey, and it even makes it appear like the eminently talented Lloyd is overacting. But, despite this, the series is a fun nostalgia trip for fans of the Back to the Future films.
The Great Soul Food Cook-off | Food
Soul food is as delicious as it is bad for you—and the chefs on this series deal in “elevated soul food,” meaning they’re putting gourmet touches on things like brisket, chicken, collard greens, biscuits, brisket, chicken, grits, hot wings, okra, ribs, seafood, and more.
But the series isn’t just about exceptionally well-crafted soul food. It’s also about culture, and you’ll learn how soul food started in West Africa, evolved on the plantations of the American South, and continues to evolve today.
More recommended Discovery Plus Originals
- 90 Day Diaries
- American Detective
- The Cabins
- Ghost Brothers: Lights Out
- House Hunters: Comedians on Couches: Unfiltered
- Legacy: In the Shadow of Greatness
- Love Off the Grid
- Luda Can’t Cook
- Million Dollar Wheels
- My Pack Life
- Queen of Meth
- Too Large
- Undercover Underage
Discovery Plus original nature and animal shows
- Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight
- Extinct or Alive: Jaws of Alaska
- The Great Hammerhead Stakeout
- Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure
- Meet the Meerkats
- Mysterious Planet
- Pop My Pet
- Puppy Bowl Presents: Puppy Mania
- Return to Headstone Hell
- Sharkbait with David Dobrik
Discovery Plus original paranormal and unexplained shows
- Amityville Horror House
- The Curse of Lizzie Borden
- The Devil Made Me Do it
- Fright Club
- Ghost Adventures: Top 10
- Ghost Hunters: TAPS Returns
- Mountain Monsters: By the Fire
- Nostradamus: End of Days
- Roswell: The Final Verdict
- Scream: The True Story
Discovery Plus original science and technology shows
- Action Planet: Climate Challenge
- BattleBots: Bounty Hunters
- Expedition Deep Ocean
- Immersions: World of WOW
- Inventions That Changed History
- NASA Mars Landing 4K
- Six Degrees with Mike Rowe
- Space Titans: Musk, Bezos, Branson
- Yellowstone Supervolcano: American Doomsday
Our TV experts have watched hundreds of hours of Discovery+ shows. To compile this guide, we exclusively binge-watched dozens of Discovery+ Originals, then chose the best of the bunch to recommend here. For more information about our process, see our “How We Rank” page.