Why I Love The Discovery Channels

I think the Discovery Channel and all its offshoot channels are very much underrated. They show some brilliant programmes and all of human and animal life is there, just waiting to be Discover-ed.

For instance, the awesome show My Shocking Story features stuff you just wouldn’t find anywhere else; Freak Show Family and Half Man Half Tree… epic stuff.

And on the Home & Health channel all of humanity goes through the doors of the various hospitals that feature in the many medical shows from Family Fat Surgeons to The Real ER, nothing is taboo and nothing is too gory or weird.

I absolutely love medical shows and am not at all squeamish so it’s a twisted bonus to watch my squeamish family gag as I blithely watch someone extracting a tumour the size of a football from someone else while eating dinner.

There really is something for everyone on the Discovery channels; my husband loves Discovery Science, my sons watch Turbo – all about cars and engines which I find deathly boring but they love – while my daughter and I love Animal Planet and Travel & Living. The DMAX channel has a bit of everything and there’s even a Discovery channel for kids.

One of the things I love most about the Discovery channels are that they are conspiracy theory mad; they just love a good conspiracy documentary, whether that’s about UFOs, 9/11 or how the world’s superpowers are altering the weather… it’s all there. Here’s a clip from a Discovery documentary about how some experts believe the government in the US are altering our weather using jet contrails…

Mad as a box of frogs! So if you normally skip right past the Discovery channels when you’re doing a search for something to watch, take a moment to check out what’s on and I guarantee you’ll find something that appeals to you.

Whether that’s how to rebuild a car, which celebrity got a new tattoo, what happens if you get careless with an axe or how dolphins communicate, there’s always something worth watching on Discovery!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.