The Biggest Scandals To Rock The Discovery Channel

  • Published: 17 August 2019
  • The Discovery Channel was once a very dry but very earnest item in the basic cable lineup. In the '80s and '90s, the cable network ran educational shows, but since every other channel decided to get into reality television in the new millennium, Discovery pivoted to a reality-heavy rotation too. And with reality TV comes scandal.

    The MythBusters crew educated as they entertained, informing the masses about how the world really works and debunking widely believed misinformation along the way. The gang also seemed to virtually always find a reason to blow something up, you know, for science! The vast majority of the time, those explosions were conducted in a controlled environment with every precaution considered ahead of time. But with explosions, you really have to get all the boxes checked or things go sideways.

    After a MythBusters-created explosion knocked her off her couch and shattered a window in her house in Esparto, California, in 2009, Sherril Stephens told KCRA TV:

    "It was a boom that was just - I had never heard anything like that before, it was really weird."

    Seeing a plume of smoke and dust rise about a mile outside town, locals thought there might have been a plane crash or a building explosion. But it had merely been those pesky busters of myth, attempting to see if the phrase "knock your socks off" had any basis in reality. They'd blown up 500 pounds of ammonium nitrate to remove the socks from a mannequin, but they didn't realize the explosion would be as big as it was. MythBusters paid for several broken windows in and around Esparto.

    Watch the video to see more of The Biggest Scandals To Rock The Discovery Channel!

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    MythBusters vs. an entire town | 0:20
    Hopping mad at Eaten Alive | 1:30
    Not-so-Alaskan bush people | 2:45
    Not terrorists, Sons of Guns | 3:49
    MythBusters vs. credit card companies | 4:56
    The show goes on | 6:16
    Man vs. Wild vs. Truth | 7:16
    American Guns' IRS run-in | 8:23
    Jesse James' polluting ways | 9:49
    MythBusters vs. a house | 10:54
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Comments • 1 175

  • Grunge
    Grunge   1 months back

    What Discovery Channel show can you not live without?

    • Jaie Dormi
      Jaie Dormi  7 hours back

      My health would start becoming better if discovery shit the bed. All your shows are fake and made for idiots who are gullible. I liked the old discovery.

    • Jackson Hall
      Jackson Hall  2 days back


    • El Loko
      El Loko  6 days back

      Forged in fire I wanna hear the dirt on this one

    • TOMAS
      TOMAS  1 weeks back

      @Hawk's Adventure Vlogs With Dogs WAS this video made before he was indited for the sexual assault stuff ??

    • Luke Hadley
      Luke Hadley  2 weeks back

      Why not talk about Will the pedo from the Louisiana gun show

  • star fox
    star fox  45 minutes back

    there was a show filmed about a old man who has the most guns in a private collection, he owns a firearm store. discovery filmed an entire season of him and his store. the final shot of the season required the old gun store owner and his wife walking down a road with a bunch of smoke made by pyrotechnic canisters. one of the canisters malfunctioned blasting right past the old man and directly through his wife. his Name is Mel and he lives in Colorado

    here is the video

    • hellcat1988
      hellcat1988  5 hours back

      Want proof that society has devolved to crap? There's a reality show for that.

      • Adam Schwemley
        Adam Schwemley  24 hours back

        The Alaskan PFD isn’t a subsidy... and it’s not UBI. Our constitution states all of Alaska’s natural resources are owned by all Alaskans and the payment is our share of the resource wealth...

        • /R/The_Donald
          /R/The_Donald  1 days back

          I don't give 2 shits if bear slept in a hotel. He still showed how to survive in the area. Cry all you want. He did his job.

          • mrpaperbag paperbag
            mrpaperbag paperbag  1 days back

            Give people cheap entertainment ( "Bread and circuses" ) and they don't revolt and we can push every law on them we want....Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis a Roman poet.

            • Mean Green
              Mean Green  1 days back

              The mishaps on Mythbusters lent more reality to this reality show.

              • Alain Saaiman
                Alain Saaiman  2 days back

                Even before the reality garbage I hated all the "filler" material and all the repetition and other useless stuff ("when we come back after the brake..." or "coming up next....") that takes up 3/4 of the show.

                • Alain Saaiman
                  Alain Saaiman  2 days back

                  1. Never do anything in California.
                  2. Always assume Discovery Channel has a lot of BS in it because it does.

                  • Noteman
                    Noteman  2 days back

                    Stupid show, dumb family, staged programming. “Let’s go live in a tire house.” WTF?

                    • Bob Smith
                      Bob Smith  2 days back

                      Yeah ... in the Golden Age of Cable TV - the idea was that you could have all these Niche Channels - that would appeal to specific groups of people.

                      CNN - 24/7 New Coverage of the World
                      HNN - Headline News - giving you a quick view of the top stories in the world every 20 minutes ("Give us 20 Minutes and we'll give you The World").
                      The SciFi Channel - Science Fiction
                      The History Channel - History
                      The Discovery Channel - sort of a combination of science, technology and history
                      AMC - American Movie Classics - popular movies
                      TCM - Turner Classic Movies - real classic movies with an educated host giving an informed history of the film to be shown
                      A&E - Arts & Entertainment - plays, opera, symphonies
                      MTV - Popular Music Videos
                      CMT - Country Music Videos

                      And some others I don't remember (partially because I didn't watch them) but the idea was that there would be this rich tapestry of different kinds of channels to appeal to different people. It would broaden peoples knowledge and create a more informed, more sophisticated public.

                      The only ones that survived in anything like their original form were the movie and sports channels. The news channels became tabloids and pretty much everything else became Reality TV (which is of course - scripted - it is not real).

                       The problem was - people. The thing is - people like watching other people. And someone figured out - that if they just sent a camera crew along to film people pretending to do their every day jobs - it would be cheaper than producing any original content. So - that's what they did - and people watched it.

                      Most people just aren't that bright. They're competent enough at something (for the most part) to support themselves - but - outside of that and what ever hobbies they have - they don't know that much - and don't want to know that much. Their are a few things they're interested in but other than that they don't care. They'd rather just sit there watching mindless entertainment - the same way they had been since TV became accessible to the masses - and that's what they do.

                      It wasn't that the Classic Cable Format didn't make money ... it did ... it's just that the people running things wanted it to make MORE money.

                      Whether they're running a professionals sports team or making movies - what they are really in the business of - is making money.

                      Every now and again you have something come along - that is really well done - and people do respond to it ... but ... most of it is ... crap. Thus the phrase Crap Is King(!!!).

                      • Lee Brewer
                        Lee Brewer  3 days back

                        They mentioned Sandy Hook, but not that it also was a scandal. Do the homework. The elleged parents are verified crisis actors who also were interviewed at other alleged mass shootings and bombings as well as the alleged victims sang as a group at the next Super Bowl.
                        Iy IS verifiable and its all on youtube as well.

                        • Mojo Man
                          Mojo Man  3 days back

                          The last clip about the Mythbusters made me laugh, i found this to be a decent show though, not like the rest of the crap.

                          • Mark O'Cain
                            Mark O'Cain  3 days back

                            Get rid of those Alaskan ferals...

                            • Thomas Christopher LaCroix

                              In bear gryllis’ defence... he actually does drink his own piss. Often. On and off camera... He likes it

                              • Henrik Jakobsen
                                Henrik Jakobsen  4 days back

                                Discovery Channel in the 90’s was the best

                                • S F
                                  S F  4 days back

                                  That Man vs. Wild "scandal" was ridicilous. Grylls didn't claim that he himself was lost in the wild, he only showed what you can do to increase your chances of survival and getting to civilisation if you end up lost in the wilderness.
                                  And he actually did all the dangerous stuff himself (jumping down cliffs, climbing without safety gear, catching and eating animals/bugs, drinking his own pee...) who cares if he spent the night in a hotel after showing us how to build a shelter and light a fire.
                                  And the only time it is proven that he spent the night in a hotel was while they filmed in Scotland and it was his and his wifes 10 year anniversary day so she came to Scotland.

                                  • mld
                                    mld  4 days back

                                    there is nothing 'real' about reality tv , its sad that its the most watched type of show

                                    • Garrison Johnson
                                      Garrison Johnson  4 days back

                                      I’m sorry but anything bad myth busters did they fixed it very fast and in a professional manner the other shows have much worse scandals. I’m still mad Netflix took away mythbusters

                                      • paulo alexandre
                                        paulo alexandre  4 days back

                                        Is anything American real. Nope

                                        • Patrick Baptist
                                          Patrick Baptist  5 days back

                                          If you expect truth on TV then you have some real problems, but then again people believe in the moon landing because the TV said it happened.... Though nasa admits they can't make it through the Van Allen belt today, thus meaning they couldn't make it through 50+ years ago either.

                                          • The 72u7H
                                            The 72u7H  5 days back

                                            So you are just going to ignore William Michale Hayden sex crimes (red jacket firearms), you have to be living under a rock to NOT mention that. Dude is finished, this was like a couple years ago, it's 2019 bro what are you doing?

                                            • Jacquie Laurie
                                              Jacquie Laurie  5 days back

                                              Seriously that fool oh let a snake eat me, what a bloody idiot. Bear who he too is a fool. As for the cannonball stunt words fail me. Idiots will do.

                                              • John Moyle
                                                John Moyle  6 days back

                                                As usual, music is very distracting.

                                                • Justin Kruger
                                                  Justin Kruger  6 days back

                                                  I happen to be Naked and Not Afraid! The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, and a Kardashian running for president.

                                                  • Strothy2
                                                    Strothy2  6 days back

                                                    Intro: "Remeber kids, the difference between science and fooling around is noting the results" classic Adam :D

                                                    • Compete ToDefeat
                                                      Compete ToDefeat  6 days back

                                                      They should have just let that moron get crushed to death by that snake. We really need to stop getting in the way of natural selection.

                                                      • Justin Anger
                                                        Justin Anger  6 days back

                                                        Forgot to mention dragon man of Colorado filmed a whole show and at the end of it an exploding canister rocketed past him and went through his wife killing her instantly and the whole show was scrapped

                                                        • Justin Ford
                                                          Justin Ford  6 days back

                                                          I'm not a huge fan of this channel. Although I like watching Marty fly his plane hoping he crashes.

                                                          • Djinn-1
                                                            Djinn-1  6 days back

                                                            Regarding Mythbusters RFID: It couldn't be that Adam Savage was pressured to change his tune just like Discover Channel was pressured to not air the episode...

                                                            • R Lee
                                                              R Lee  6 days back

                                                              As a gun owner I found American Guns to be everything I hated about fellow gun owners.
                                                              I was glad to hear the Wyatts got in trouble. People like that have earned it.

                                                              • Indiana Jones
                                                                Indiana Jones  7 days back

                                                                I guess that Mr. Imasnakeexpert realized that a "constrictor" was actually goimg to do what "constrictors" do and FUCKING CONSTRICT HIM before it attempted to swollow him.
                                                                .....and if he had no intention on harming the "constrictor" in did he plan his extrication from said "constrictor"?
                                                                Because my wife, the large animal Veterinary Anesthesiologist just laughed her sexy ass off and told me that they would have to surgically remove his "expert", "no harm intending" dumbass from the constrictors gastrointestinal tract. A move that would most likely KILL (do harm to) said constrictor in question.
                                                                She also said that the expert didnt realize that the snake would have smothered him if it actually pulled off gutting him down (which a 20 foot anaconda, in all relevant likelyhood could not do unless it crushed his bones down to rice crispies first.

                                                                • Caleb McCready
                                                                  Caleb McCready  7 days back

                                                                  I don’t know how Sons of Guns isn’t on this list. The man was out in prison for molesting his daughter and then the show was cancelled. If anyone wants to know what happened to the company it still exists under a new name called Aklys Defense owner by Joe from the show. I was offered a job there working as a gunsmith and was told about how the entire situation went down while I interviewed for the job.

                                                                  • steve
                                                                    steve  7 days back

                                                                    There is no such thing as an illegal gun!

                                                                    • Jason S
                                                                      Jason S  3 days back

                                                                      steve sure there is, just ask any Liberal and then look for Red Flag Law States.... Illegal guns made illegal by liberals, the anti-Americans

                                                                  • Will Sk
                                                                    Will Sk  1 weeks back

                                                                    Ads again. Halfway thru video. I quit watching then. Pay for internet so i can watch ads. Bs.

                                                                    • Wysper 666
                                                                      Wysper 666  1 weeks back

                                                                      If Mythbusters would have kill some one in that house I wonder who would go to jail.

                                                                      • Rumpel Felt
                                                                        Rumpel Felt  1 weeks back

                                                                        The real scandal is how shitty everything is on Discovery now. Same with History and TLC. All channels that had interesting stuff on them in the '90s then it all went to shit. I don't watch any of them nor do I really watch TV at all anymore because reality TV sucks ass in all forms. When did society ever say that all they wanted to hear about was fat people and midgets??

                                                                        • paul crowley
                                                                          paul crowley  1 weeks back

                                                                          What about the guy on sons of guns is a pedophile

                                                                          • goodcat1982
                                                                            goodcat1982  1 weeks back

                                                                            American TV is poison

                                                                            • GagE161 -
                                                                              GagE161 -  1 weeks back

                                                                              The alasken bush is real only the mom and dad where the ones who left for longest but all of them never left at the same time intill there big move

                                                                              • creator Space
                                                                                creator Space  1 weeks back

                                                                                It's done well.

                                                                                • stephan diehl
                                                                                  stephan diehl  1 weeks back

                                                                                  hahaha discovery channel turned into pure shit

                                                                                  • Mark Dillow
                                                                                    Mark Dillow  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I can say that bear Grylls man versus wild with fake everything about it you already knew it was staged and who cares if he slept in the canopies that he built or not like I like the show because it really did show you how to survive even if it wasn’t truly survival situation in real life you’re not gonna put yourself in a survival situation anyway just to see if you can survive the stupid with that be if you guys are upset with somebody because they’re not who they claim I get that but in clear instructions when the videos first There is white lettering that says these are not real situations that he is put into situations to show you how to survive that’s right they’re not really anything you see on TV is usually fake if you think it’s real get a life it’s all for your entertainment

                                                                                    • Chuck Gates
                                                                                      Chuck Gates  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Altoid can is my wallet.

                                                                                      • 1337fraggzb00N
                                                                                        1337fraggzb00N  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Jesus Christ, Marie! They aren't rocks, they're minerals!

                                                                                        • Rowan Streeter
                                                                                          Rowan Streeter  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Bring back the "Boom-de-yada"

                                                                                          • Nigel 900
                                                                                            Nigel 900  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Spare me!  The Discovery Reality Network is a shameless scandal....

                                                                                            • Fernando Barela
                                                                                              Fernando Barela  1 weeks back

                                                                                              I miss the Mythbusters, the original one.