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Here are the 12 best Discovery Plus shows to stream right now
Discovery Plus launched in January 2021, offering its users tons of non-scripted shows and movies from Discovery’s lineup of cable channels. It also has a growing number of original and exclusive shows. But which of these Discovery Plus shows are the best ones to watch?
We will offer our picks for the best Discovery Plus shows you can check out right now. Keep in mind that your personal preferences for the service’s content might be somewhat different, depending on your interests in certain subject matters.
As of this writing, the recently combined Warner Bros Discovery has plans to merge this service with HBO Max sometime in 2023, and it will relaunch under a different name. In the meantime, you can subscribe to Discovery Plus for as low as $4.99 at the link below.
Best Discovery Plus shows
Editor’s note: We will be updating our best Discovery Plus show list in the months ahead.
We will go out on a (short) limb and state that Mythbusters is not only one of the best Discovery Plus shows, but it’s also one of the best TV shows ever made. Originally made for the Discovery Channel cable network, the series stars Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, two special effects experts who check to see if things presented in pop culture actually work in real life, such as “Is Jimmy Hoffa buried under Giants Stadium?” or “Does a rolling stone really gather moss?”. The duo, with some help from other Mythbusters associates, used science, technology, and good old-fashioned know-how to either confirm the myth or bust it. Did we mention that the team occasionally blows stuff up?
Discovery Plus got a lot of attention in the summer of 2022 with this three-part documentary series. The filmmakers behind this show got heavy access to former President Donald Trump, as well as his children and associates. The show has interviews with Trump and displays his reactions to the results of the 2020 election. The footage is so unique, it was used as evidence in the January 6 Committee in the US Congress.
Lt. Joe Kenda, a former police detective, is the host of this true crime program. He lends some authenticity to the proceedings, as he tells the stories of other police detectives from around the nation. The stories they told about truly wild murder cases would even make a Hollywood screenwriter think they are not real, but they actually happened.
House of Hammer
Speaking of true crime, this Discovery Plus original documentary takes a look at Armie Hammer and his very rich family. Hammer’s growing career as an actor in films like The Social Network and others went off the rails after he was accused of rape and other abusive crimes by former girlfriends. The documentary shows that Hammer’s family has been at the center of alleged crimes and scandal for decades.
There have been many “ghost hunting” TV shows over the years. However, we think the most entertaining one is this show hosted by Zack Bagans. He and his team regularly go into homes and locations all over the world that are supposed to be haunted and try to document real supernatural events in these places. Bagans is an entertaining host and investigator, and that makes Ghost Adventures one of the best Discovery Plus shows. You can also check out many Ghost Adventures spinoff series on the service.
Almost everyone can relate to trying to find the perfect house in the perfect location for the perfect price. That’s what this long-running series offers, as we see people go looking for their next home. There are so many House Hunter episodes on Discovery Plus you could literally watch them uninterrupted for months. That’s not even including the many, many spinoffs of this show that are also available to stream.
Guy’s Grocery Games
Cooking shows are a genre that remains hugely popular. It’s hard to make it stand out from the crowd, but Guy’s Grocery Games does just that. It combines a cooking competition show with the premise of the game show Supermarket Sweep. Chefs go shopping in a simulated grocery for the right items for a tasty dish, and a panel of judges gives their verdict on their culinary creations. Plus, there’s the host and chef Guy Fieri who makes things very entertaining.
90 Day Fiancé
If you live outside the US, you can come into the country and stay here if you marry a US citizen within 90 days of arriving. That’s the very basic premise of this dating and relationship show, as couples find each other and apply for the K-1 visa. Of course, it’s not as simple as that, as many couples find they are incompatible, sometimes before the 90 days time limit expires and sometimes afterward. You can also check out plenty of spinoffs for this series on Discovery Plus.
Selling the Hamptons
Real estate selling shows are another sub-genre that continues to be popular. One of the best Discovery Plus shows focuses on a group of real estate agents that try to sell high-priced houses in the Hamptons area of New York to very rich customers. It’s not all about open houses and house tours, as various agents have the occasional conflict with each other.
Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed
Hillsong is a massive church that was established in Australia by its lead pastor Brian Houston in the 1980s. It expanded quickly worldwide with many locations, including a few in the US. It also spread its contemporary Christian message through TV channels and other ventures. This three-part documentary takes a look at this organization and pastor Houston, who left the church earlier in 2022 due to allegations of misconduct with at least two women in the recent past.
There are real estate shows, but there are also a ton of real estate and property improvement series to stream on Discovery Plus as well. One of our favorites is this show, which centers on the mother-daughter renovation team of Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk. The two ladies check out houses that even skilled renovators might skip for being too hard, and they go in and restore the house for their clients. The chemistry between this mother and daughter is one of the best reasons to watch this show.
Sometimes reality shows truly get real. That’s one of the reasons Deadliest Catch is such a great show. Fishermen based in a port in Alaska go into the Bering Sea to catch fish and king crabs during certain times of the year. It’s highly dangerous, and even deadly, work, and the show doesn’t stray from showing how often these fishermen risk their lives on these relatively small boats trying to just make a living.
Best Discovery Plus shows — honorable mentions
As we mentioned, there are a ton of shows to check out on this service, and here are a few more that didn’t quite make the main best list:
- Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives — If you are looking for some great restaurants that don’t have Michelin stars, check out this series that has 42 seasons (yep, that’s not a typo) to stream on the service.
- Love it or List it — In each episode, a couple is debating whether to sell their home or revamp it and stay put. A real estate agent and a designer tempt them with those choices in this show that has 19 seasons to stream.
- Love Off the Grid — People who are used to living in the city want to find love with people who want to live in very remote areas in this dating series.
- Crikey! It’s The Erwins — The wife and children of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Erwin continue his legacy of wildlife conservation at the Australian Zoo in this series.
- Planet Earth — Discovery Plus has a lot of nature and science series from the BBC, and this might be its best show, looking at different natural habitats on our planet.
That’s our list of the best Discovery Plus shows you can watch right now. The service offers plenty of other great shows, though, so make sure to sign up for the service if you want to check them out.