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
  • Uprooted

What else to watch on Discovery Plus

If you want more to watch than Discovery+ Originals, we’ve compiled a handy What to Watch on Discovery+ guide.

Discovery+ original adventure and exploration shows

  • Beyond Borders
  • Discovering David Dobrik
  • Expedition Deep Ocean
  • Homemade Astronauts
  • The Impossible Row
  • The Last Unknown
  • Pushing the Line
  • Race Across the World
  • Shark Academy
  • The Swim

Discovery+ original automotive shows

  • Auto Biography
  • Celebrity IOU Joyride
  • Drew’s Dream Car
  • Monster Garage
  • Radford Returns
  • Street Outlaws: Gone Girl
  • Street Outlaws: Sin City Showdown

Discovery Plus original documentaries

  • Crutch
  • Citizen Penn
  • Dead Man’s Switch
  • Endangered
  • Fruitcake Fraud
  • Future People: The Family of Donor 5114
  • Introducing Selma Blair
  • Keep Sweet
  • P.S. Burn This Letter Please
  • The Smartest Kids in the World

Discovery Plus original food shows

  • Amy Schumer Learns to Cook
  • The Great Soul Food Cook-off
  • Luda Can’t Cook
  • Moonshiners: Smoke Ring
  • Restaurant Recovery
  • Restaurant Rivals: Irvine vs. Taffer

Discovery Plus original home shows

  • Beach Cabana Royale
  • The House My Wedding Bought
  • Good with Wood
  • HGTV House Party
  • House Hunters: Comedians on Couches: Unfiltered
  • Kendra Sells Hollywood
  • The Laundry Guy
  • Martha Gets Down and Dirty
  • Remix My Space with Marsai Martin
  • Reno My Rental
  • Selling the Hamptons

Discovery Plus original lifestyle shows

  • London Lit
  • Long Island Medium: There in Spirit
  • The Mighty Underdogs
  • Million Dollar Wheels
  • My Feet Are Killing Me: Footnotes
  • Pig Royalty
  • The Program: Prison Detox
  • The Rise and Fall of LulaRoe
  • Serving the Hamptons
  • Too Large

Pro tip: Besides Discovery+ Originals, there are 26 other Discovery+ Channels on the streaming service.

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 relationship shows

  • 90-Day Journey
  • The Cabins
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter?
  • Love Off the Grid
  • Naked and Afraid of Love
  • Passport to Love
  • Prisoners of Love
  • Say Yes to the Dress: In Sickness and In Health
  • Secret Crush

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

Discovery Plus original true crime shows

  • Anni: The Honeymoon Murder
  • The Baby Killer Conspiracy
  • Children of the Cult
  • Citizen P.I.
  • Curse of the Chippendales
  • Ed Gein: The Real Psycho
  • King of the Con
  • Onision in Real Life
  • The Prison Breaker
  • Secrets, Lies and Private Eyes

Methodology

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.

Discovery Plus channels FAQ

Is Fixer Upper exclusive to Discovery Plus?

The popular home renovation series Fixer Upper is not a Discovery+ Original series, but it—along with every Fixer Upper spin-off series—is streaming on Discovery+ under the Magnolia Network channel.

Note: If you want to watch the current season of Fixer Upper live, you’ll need a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming service subscription. And these TV providers will likely also have past seasons of Fixer Upper available on demand.

Can I watch Discovery Plus Originals on Discovery GO?

The only place to watch Discovery+ Originals is on the Discovery+ streaming service.

What channels are on Discovery Plus?

There are no live channels on the Discovery+ streaming service. However, there are 20 on-demand channels, three curated hubs with themed content from all 20+ channels, and five online media hubs featuring short-form content from Discovery-owned media sites.

See below for a list of these channels , and check out what each channel has to offer in our guide to Discovery+ Channels.

Discovery Plus channels

  • A&E
  • AAPI Stories*
  • AHC (American Heroes Channel)
  • Animal Planet
  • Black Voices*
  • Cooking Channel
  • Destination America
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Life
  • Discovery+ Originals
  • The Dodo
  • Food Network
  • HGTV
  • Her Story*
  • HISTORY
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Lifetime
  • Magnolia Network
  • NowThis
  • OWN
  • Planet Earth
  • POPSUGAR
  • Seeker
  • Science Channel
  • Thrillist
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel

* Curated hub

Online media hub

Is there a Discovery Plus bundle with HBO Max?

There is no Discovery+ and HBO Max bundle, but WarnerMedia (owner of HBO) and Discovery Inc. have merged and stated an intent to eventually combine Discovery+’s and HBO Max’s streaming services.

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