What to Watch on Discovery Plus

After streaming dozens of shows on Discovery+, these are the shows we recommend.

Some of us subscribe to a streaming TV service to watch one show. For example, Shark Week is the Squid Game of Discovery+. But what else lurks in the deep Discovery+ catalog? Come with us as we dive into the reality TV streaming service’s other offerings.

Recommended TV shows on Discovery Plus

Van Go | Magnolia Network | Automotive, home

In this Magnolia Network series, Austin-based van-dweller Brett Lewis turns vanilla vans into mobile tiny homes, each with its own function and style. It’s like Pimp My Ride for millennials, but the idea isn’t to flex your in-dash PS5 (or some such nonsense)—it’s to live, and even work, minimally.

So Lewis creates liveable mobile bike shops, food trucks, recording studios, surf shops, and more for his clients—always with stellar results.

Mythbusters | Discovery Channel | Science, technology

Okay, this one’s totally obvious—but for good reason. Mythbusters is one of the most educational and entertaining shows ever, airing from 2003–2016 on Discovery Channel (with co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman) and 2017–2018 on the Science Channel (with Jon Lung and Brian Louden hosting).

Discovery+ has the entire run of the series, so you can watch or rewatch classic episodes like “Alcatraz Escape,” “Brown Note,” “Exploding Toilet,” and “MacGyver Myths.” But remember: “Don’t try what you’re about to see at home.”

Mexican Made Easy | Food Network | Cooking, food

When it comes to learning how to make drool-worthy Mexican dishes, we bow to Marcela Valladolid and her comal. You’ll find all five seasons (58 episodes) of Chef Marcela’s series on the Food Network hub of Discovery+, but just one 21-minute episode will inspire you to make—and devour—every last dish, mixed drink, mole, and salsa she features.

And it’s not all Mexican dishes; Valladolid even serves up mind-blowing Mexican versions of American classics, like the Burger al Pastor. ¡Delicioso!

How It’s Made | Science Channel | Science, technology

Have you ever wondered how “they” make absinthe, condoms, decorative sombreros, Fruity Pebbles, potato salad, Pringles, recycled skateboard guitars, turntables, or whips? Well, wonder no more.

There are 24 seasons—hundreds of episodes—of this popular Canadian series on Discovery+. By the time you’ve seen them all, you’ll no longer be curious about how anything is made. And that’s when you pivot to How The Universe Works (also on the Science Channel).

Too Cute | Animal Planet | Animals

Humans’ appetite for adorable animals is easily explained: they’re delicious. Just kidding, folks—we wouldn’t dream of eating the sweet little floofs from Too Cute. But we definitely recommend gobbling up all six seasons of this irresistible Animal Planet series.

If you’re weary from world events, there’s no better balm than watching teeny-tiny kitties, goats, pups, and other animals as they enter and learn about the world.

Very Superstitious with George Lopez | A&E | Paranormal, unexplained

Yes, the number of paranormal/unexplained shows on Discovery+ is ridiculous. But Very Superstitious, where Mexican-American comedian George Lopez crosses the country to explore ancient irrational beliefs, is awesome.

The superstitions themselves are real, even if their consequences aren’t, so Lopez treats them with respect. Why? Because there is beauty and wisdom in the folklore behind these sincerely held beliefs. And, while Very Superstitious might not make you a believer, it will teach you a thing or two.

This Came Out of Me | Discovery Life | Medical

Yes, the title makes you want to turn and run—but you just . . . can’t. I mean, this is a show where doctors remove foreign objects (or pus) from personal places. We shouldn’t look, but we must because any of these conditions and injuries, no matter how unusual, could befall any of us at any time. So binge-watching This Came Out of Me falls under research and morbid curiosity. But there’s only one season because none of the foreign objects were haunted.

Outrageous 911 | TLC | True crime

Outrageous 911 explores the whimsical side of calling emergency services. In reenactments based on real 911 calls, four-year-olds report a Nana for withholding ice cream, drunk drivers turn themselves in, dead deer wake up in someone’s backseat, and a cop overdoses on pot brownies.

With so many heavy reality shows highlighting the true trauma behind 911 emergency calls, it’s refreshing to watch one that leaves us laughing.

Licensed content on Discovery Plus

Some movies and shows on Discovery+ are licensed from other networks and studios. It’s good stuff, too, like Super High Me, Fear Factor, Unsolved Mysteries, and The Undateables).

Unfortunately, these titles aren’t highlighted in a separate menu, so they’re hard to find. They also tend to vanish without notice, so here’s how to find licensed content on Discovery+—or at least identify it so you can prioritize it in your queue instead of missing out.

  • Search: If you know the movie or show you’re looking for, use either text or voice search. (Captain Obvious says, “You’re welcome.”)
  • Browse: You can either browse a channel hub or use the “A to Z” section. Licensed content will not have a network logo on the thumbnail preview or series info page.

More recommended shows on Discovery Plus

  • Bert the Conqueror (Travel Channel)
  • Betty & Coretta (Lifetime)
  • Booze Traveler (Travel Channel)
  • Comedians on Couches (HGTV)
  • Fixer Upper franchise (Magnolia Network)
  • I Am Jazz (TLC)
  • I Was Impaled (Discovery Life)
  • Last Exit: Space (Discovery+ Originals)
  • Monsters Inside Me (Discovery Life)
  • Planet Earth franchise (Planet Earth)
  • The Undateables

Recommended Discovery Plus Originals

  • 90 Day: The Single Life
  • American Detective
  • BattleBots
  • The Cabins
  • Expedition: Back to the Future
  • 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
  • Queen of Meth
  • Too Large
  • Undercover Underage

Recommended adventure and exploration shows on Discovery Plus

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel)
  • Bert the Conqueror (Travel Channel)
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel)
  • Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel)
  • Dude, You’re Screwed!
  • Expedition Deep Ocean (Discovery+ Originals)
  • Expedition Unknown (Discovery Channel)
  • Man vs. Wild (Discovery Channel)
  • Naked and Afraid (Discovery Channel)
  • Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown (Travel Channel)

Recommended automotive shows on Discovery Plus

  • American Chopper (Discovery Channel)
  • Big Time RV (Travel Channel)
  • Cuban Chrome (Discovery Channel)
  • The Devil’s Ride (Discovery Channel)
  • Dirty Mudder Truckers (Discovery Channel)
  • Getaway Driver (Discovery Channel)
  • Goblin Works Mod Shop
  • Misfit Garage (Discovery Channel)
  • Monster Garage (Discovery+ Original)
  • Rockin’ Roadsters (Discovery Channel)
  • Street Outlaws (Discovery Channel)
  • Vegas Rat Rods (Discovery Channel)

Recommended documentaries on Discovery Plus

  • Cocaine Cowboys
  • I, Pastafari
  • Introducing Selma Blair (Discovery+ Originals)
  • Keep Sweet (Discovery+ Originals)
  • Magic Trip
  • Man on Wire
  • The Men Who Sold the World Cup
  • The Nightmare
  • RBG
  • Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story

Recommended food shows on Discovery Plus

  • Ace of Cakes (Food Network)
  • BBQ Pitmasters (Destination America)
  • Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Travel Channel)
  • Chopped franchise* (Food Network)
  • Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (Food Network)
  • The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)
  • Kitchen Nightmares
  • Magnolia Table (Magnolia Network)
  • Man v. Food (Cooking Channel)
  • Mexican Made Easy (Food Network)
  • Restaurant Impossible (Food Network)
  • Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day (Cooking Channel)
  • Worst Cooks in America (Food Network)

* Except Chopped 420, which is under found Discovery+ Originals.

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Recommended lifestyle shows on Discovery Plus

  • Breaking Amish (TLC)
  • Extreme Cheapskates (TLC)
  • Extreme Unboxing (A&E)
  • Hoarders (A&E)
  • I Am Jazz (TLC)
  • Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)
  • My 600-lb. Life (TLC)
  • My Strange Addiction (TLC)
  • The Real Housewives franchise (TLC)
  • Rollin’ with Zach (OWN)
  • Sister Wives (TLC)

Recommended medical shows on Discovery Plus

  • Bringing Home Baby (Discovery Life)
  • Body Bizarre (Discovery Life)
  • Dr. Mercy (TLC)
  • Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC)
  • I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant (TLC)
  • I Was Impaled (Discovery Life)
  • Monsters Inside Me (Animal Planet)
  • Sex Sent Me to the ER (Discovery Life)
  • This Came Out of Me (Discovery Life)
  • Trauma: Life in the ER (Discovery Life)

Recommended paranormal and unexplained shows on Discovery Plus

  • Ancient Aliens (HISTORY)
  • The Dead Files (Travel Channel)
  • Egypt’s Unexplained Files (Science Channel)
  • Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel)
  • Ghost Brothers (Travel Channel)
  • MonsterQuest (HISTORY)
  • Mountain Monsters (Travel Channel)
  • The Nightmare
  • The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch (HISTORY)
  • Unsolved Mysteries

Recommended relationship shows on Discovery Plus

  • 90-Day Fiancé franchise (TLC)
  • Brother Husbands (TLC)
  • The Cabins (Discovery+Originals)
  • I Love a Mama’s Boy (TLC)
  • Married at First Sight franchise
  • Naked and Afraid of Love (Discovery+ Originals)
  • Secret Crush (Discovery+ Originals)
  • Seeking Sister Wife (TLC)
  • The Undateables (TLC)
  • Who the [BLEEP] Did I Marry? (Investigation Discovery)

Recommended science and technology shows on Discovery Plus

  • BattleBots (Science Channel)
  • The Bru Show (Discovery+ Originals)
  • The Detonators (Discovery Channel)
  • Elements (Seeker)
  • Engineering Catastrophes (Science Channel)
  • Extraordinary Stories (Magnolia Network)
  • How the Universe Works (Science Channel)
  • Mythbusters Jr. (Discovery Channel)
  • Punkin Chunkin (Science Channel)
  • Street Science (Science Channel)
  • Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (Science Channel)
  • Thought Process (Seeker)
  • What on Earth? (Science Channel)

Recommended true crime shows on Discovery Plus

  • The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade (Investigation Discovery)
  • 60 Days In (A&E)
  • American Monster (Investigation Discovery)
  • Crime Scene Confidential (Investigation Discovery)
  • Dates from Hell (Investigation Discovery)
  • I (Almost) Got Away with It (Investigation Discovery)
  • In Pursuit with John Walsh (Investigation Discovery)
  • Killer Carnies (Investigation Discovery)
  • The Night Stalker (Lifetime)
  • Stalked by My Doctor (Lifetime)

Methodology

Our TV experts have logged hundreds of hours researching and testing the Discovery+ streaming service. For this what-to-watch guide, our TV experts thoroughly browsed the entire Discovery+ library and watched dozens of shows to find interesting recommendations for our readers. To learn more about our process, see our “How We Rank” page.

What to Watch on Discovery Plus FAQ

What can you only watch on Discovery Plus?

The Discovery+ streaming service has dozens of exclusive, original shows. Here is just a sample of them:

  • 90 Day: The Single Life
  • American Detective
  • BattleBots
  • The Cabins
  • Expedition: Back to the Future
  • Ghost Brothers: Lights Out
  • Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed
  • 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’s the difference between Discovery Plus and Discovery GO?

Discovery+ is a standalone streaming service that features 55,000 hours of content for $4.99–$6.99 a month. Discovery GO is a streaming app that you can use free if you already have a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming subscription.

Where is Fixer Upper on Discovery Plus?

You’ll find Fixer Upper and its various spin-off series on Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network hub on Discovery+. This might be confusing since Fixer Upper was previously on HGTV.

Is HBO merging with Discovery Plus?

Discovery is merging with WarnerMedia, which owns HBO. Eventually, Discovery+ will be combined into HBO Max. It doesn’t sound like there will be a Discovery+/HBO Max bundle before then, but we’ll post details if anything changes.

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