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The best shows you can watch on Discovery+
Whether you’re into relationship drama, food content or travel docu-series, there’s something on Discovery+ to catch your eye.
In a competitive streaming market, new platforms can still find a way to stand out from the crowd. Case in point: Discovery+, which specializes in real-life entertainment and offers a robust library of content.
Titles come from not only Discovery itself, but also subsidiaries like HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Travel Channel and more. In other words, the platform is the perfect destination for cord-cutters interested in factual programming.
With plans starting at only $4.99 per month and a 7-day free trial, you’ve got nothing to lose if you’re thinking about taking the service for a spin. To give you a head start, we’ve gathered some of the best series currently on Discovery+, including original productions you won’t find anywhere else. Update your watchlist and start streaming.
90 Day Fiancé
Year of release: 2014
90 Day Fiancé has always been a hit, but it exploded in popularity since the COVID-19 pandemic kicked off, with more and more fans tuning in to follow the exploits of the eccentric couples depicted on the show.
If you’re one of them, you’ll be happy to find out that Discovery+ doesn’t only offer multiple seasons of the original series. There are also spin-offs and new series set in this ever-expanding universe.
Not familiar with the TLC phenomenon? The show revolves around couples who have applied for or received a visa available to foreign fiancés of US citizens and have only 90 days to marry each other. Fascinating stuff.
A Perfect Planet
Year of release: 2021
Sir David Attenborough’s new show is stunning, to say the least. A Perfect Planet showcases how the forces of nature, including humans, drive and shape life on Earth.
It’s sobering, informative and necessary. The series also packs breathtaking visuals, which is always a plus in our book.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Year of release: 2005
Anthony Bourdain sadly passed away in 2018, but his enduring legacy lives on. No Reservations follows the celebrated chef as he goes on an exciting global quest to find the ultimate dining experience.
It showcases Bourdain’s passion for food and foreign cultures, while also giving viewers an honest glimpse into how people from all across the world live and eat. No Reservations is best enjoyed binged – just make sure you order takeaway beforehand.
American Detective with Lt. Joe Kenda
Year of release: 2021
Most shows about crime focus on the perpetrators. This time around, we get to learn more about the detectives responsible for bringing criminals to justice.
American Detective sees true crime superstar Lt. Joe Kenda showcasing fascinating cases and discussing the events with the detectives who were directly involved. If you like Kenda’s compelling narration and enjoy getting the inside scoop on how police investigations go down, you’ll be hooked from episode one.
Year of release: 2013
Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters is a delight whether or not you’re interested in construction. There’s something uniquely captivating about watching experts build treehouses and proving that these elaborate concoctions aren’t solely for children anymore.
Moreover, host Pete Nelson does a great job at keeping viewers entertained all throughout. If you like to dream of living among the trees, this series will be right up your alley.
Fixer Upper: Welcome Home
Year of release: 2021
Chip and Joanna Gaines are at it again. In Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, the couple are back doing what they love most: turning basic houses into dream homes.
No renovation project is too challenging for these two, who are now juggling all sorts of other responsibilities as well, including launching their own network.
If you loved the original Fixer Upper, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this reboot as well. Spoiler alert – the house featured in the premiere is a complete mess, which only makes the final reveal more jaw-dropping.
Year of release: 2015
Craving more adventure in your life? Live vicariously through explorer Josh Gates, who has a passion for investigating all sorts of intriguing mysteries and legends.
Each episode of the series tackles iconic unsolved events, buried treasures or lost cities, allowing the audience to learn more about forgotten artefacts.
As an added bonus, Gates is a wonderful host. Whether he’s looking for Genghis Khan’s long-lost tomb or researching vampires in Romania, he knows how to keep viewers coming back for more.
Year of release: 2000
BattleBots is a robot combat reality series. In other words, contestants design and operate remote-controlled robots that then go head-to-head in the arena, fighting until one of them comes out on top.
Need we really say more? Tune in ASAP or you’re missing out on all the fun.
Year of release: 2007
This compelling docu-series centers on teams of storm chasers as they attempt to intercept tornadoes, which is both exciting and terrifying; even when you’re watching from the comfort of your couch.
The chasers use advanced meteorology and various scientific instruments to track and intercept tornados, then risk their lives to go as close to the action as they can get. We can almost guarantee that you’ll be on the edge of your seat while binge-watching this one.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
Year of release: 2006
In Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Guy Fieri visits some of America’s most popular restaurants. Most of them specialize in comfort food, often with a twist.
Fieri interviews the owners and samples their food, enabling viewers to learn more about the culture behind these establishments. He is sometimes joined by fellow chefs or various celebrities.
Fair warning – you’ll likely want to add all the places featured onto your bucket list.
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