The 15 Best Shows to Watch on Discovery Plus Right Now (December 2022)

See what's on Discovery+ using our hot picks from all the shows trending this month on each channel

The Discovery Plus streaming platform covers a lot of content. Enjoy access to favorites from HGTV alongside new shows from emerging networks like the Magnolia Network.

Don't know what to watch? Browse this list of what's trending on each of the Discovery Plus channels.

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CNN Originals: Stanley Tucci - Searching for Italy

Stanley Tucci in Searching for Italy on CNN

Discovery Plus

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Genre: Documentary, Reality TV

Starring: Stanley Tucci, Felicity Blunt, Tess Masazza

Created By: Painless Productions

TV Rating: CNN

Number of Seasons: 1

In this six-episode series, filmmaker Stanley Tucci travels to different parts of Italy to showcase regional cuisine. If you have a taste for history, Searching for Italy should satisfy your appetite. You'll pick up a few dinner ideas as your eyes feast on the glorious Italian coasts and countryside.

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Discovery Plus Originals: The Diana Investigations (2022)

Princess Diana in The Diana Investigations on Discovery Plus

Discovery Plus

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Princess Diana

Created By: Channel 4

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 1

Do you think you know the truth about Princess Diana's untimely demise? You probably do, but there are some really strange conspiracy theories. The Diana Investigations looks at not just the facts but also the misconceptions surrounding that tragic night in 1997.

Since this year marks the 25th anniversary of Diana's death, there's no shortage of docuseries to watch about her highness, but this one has a fresh take that's worth watching.

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Discovery Plus Originals: Ghost Brothers - Lights Out (2021)

The cast of Ghost Brothers: Lights Out

Discovery Plus

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Genre: Supernatural, Reality TV

Starring: Juwan Mass, Dalen Spratt, Marcus Harvey

Created By: Painless Productions

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 2

A team of paranormal investigators travels across America looking for local haunts and legends. Ghost Brothers blends myth and reality, making for one of the spookiest paranormal shows on streaming.

Season 2 locations include the abandoned Ohio State Reformatory, a decommissioned World War II warship, and the Perron family farmhouse that inspired The Conjuring series. What really makes the show worth watching is the hilarious trio of hosts and the pranks they pull on each other.

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Discovery Plus Originals: Unprecedented (2022)

Ivanka Trump in Unprecedented

Discovery Plus

IMDb Rating: 5.9/10

Genre: Politics, Documentary

Starring: Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump

Created By: Alex Holder

TV Rating: TV-MA

Number of Seasons: 1

During the 2020 election and its fallout, filmmaker Alex Holder had unprecedented access to the first family. Through one-on-one interviews and newsreels, this three-part series chronicles the events leading up to January 6th, 2021.

There's never been a documentary quite like Unprecedented. In addition to receiving critical acclaim, the film was used as evidence by Congress for the January 6th hearings.

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Animal Planet: Crikey! It's the Irwins (2018)

Crikey! It's the Irwins documentary series from Animal Planet

Animal Planet

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Terri Irwin, Bindi Irwin, Robert Clarence Irwin

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 3

This documentary series follows the Irwin family's daily commitment to Steve Irwin's legacy in their work at the Australia Zoo wildlife hospital. The zoo serves as a safe space for thousands of animals and a platform for spreading the word about conservation.

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Travel Channel: Destination Fear (2019)

Dakota Laden, Tanner Wiseman, Chelsea Laden, and Alex Schroeder in 'Destination Fear'

Travel Channel

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Reality-TV, Horror

Starring: Dakota Laden, Chelsea Laden, Tanner Wiseman, Alex Schroeder 

Created By: Dakota Laden

TV Rating: PG

Number of Seasons: 3

If you're in the mood for some paranormal spookiness, give Destination Fear a try. Four intrepid investigators pack into an RV and tour America's highways and byways, spending their nights in some of the country's most haunted locations. Its latest season sees them face some of the harshest conditions yet. They go inside the Ohio State Reformatory, The Villisca Axe Murder House, the Odd Fellows Home, and more.

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Discovery Plus Originals: No Responders Left Behind (2021)

Jon Stewart in No Responders Left Behind

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: John Feal, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael O'Connell

Created By: Rob Lindsay

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Join Jon Stewart and New York firefighter Ray Pfeifer in their fight to get justice for 9/11 first responders who are still suffering from the scars of that day over two decades ago. For Pfeifer, it literally becomes a fight for his life when he's diagnosed with cancer.

Jon Stewart is known for making jokes, but there's nothing funny about this subject. Fortunately, first responders are finally getting the respect they deserve thanks to the advocacy of Stewart and others.

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Science Channel: How the Universe Works (2010)

A galaxy in 'How the Universe Works'

Discovery

IMDb Rating: 8.9/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Phil Plait, Michelle Thaller, Mike Rowe

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 8

Have you ever wondered how a black hole forms? Ever dream of someday living on the moon? Then this series might be for you. In the latest season of How the Universe Works, narrator Mike Rowe takes viewers on a journey through the cosmos by interviewing leading scientists and combining that footage with CGI and visual effects. The show explores the Super Massive Black Hole at the heart of the M87 galaxy, the possibility of a space fleet that can study the Sun, and more.

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Discovery Plus Originals: Generation Drag (2022)

Generation Drag

Discovery Plus+

IMDb Rating: 4.0/10

Genre: Fashion, Reality

Starring: Jameson Johnson, Bailey, Nabela

Created By: Tyra Banks

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Some kids do sports. Some kids do marching band. These kids do drag. Former America's Top Model host Tyra Banks produces this reality series about five families preparing for the annual Dragutante.

The love expressed in Generation Drag is unlike anything you'll see in traditional pageant shows. If you didn't know it already, you'll learn that performing drag is incredibly hard work.

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American Heroes Channel: Our America With Lisa Ling (2011)

Our America With Lisa Ling documentary series from OWN

OWN

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Genre: News

Starring: Lisa Ling, Todd Bentley, Ciara Blue

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 5

In this program, Lisa Ling travels around the United States to meet with people from all walks of life and hear their stories. Watch four of the five seasons of this compelling documentary-style series on Discovery Plus.

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Discovery Channel: MythBusters (2003)

Mythbusters TV show from the Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Genre: Documentary, Mystery, Reality TV

Starring: Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron

Created By: Peter Rees

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 21

If you’ve ever wondered about certain urban legends, you’re in for a treat with MythBusters. Each episode centers around debunking or confirming three myths with a lot of science, research, and contained explosions.

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Good Eats: The Return (2019)

Good Eats: The Return reality TV series from the Food Network

Food Network

IMDb Rating: 9.3/10

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Alton Brown, Alex Guarnaschelli, Arielle Johnson

Created By: Alton Brown

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 1

If you’re curious about food, you’ll find kinship with Alton Brown and the triumphant return of his show Good Eats, which first aired in 2005. It has the same history, science, and humor in newer episodes where Brown explores everything from the origins of chicken parmesan to the story behind icebox cakes. 

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Fixer Upper: Welcome Home (2021)

Fixer Upper: Welcome Home home renovation series on the new Magnolia Network

Magnolia Network

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 1

Fans of the original Fixer Upper can sigh a breath of relief: This show is back. This revival of the show picks up with Chip and Joanna Gaines as the duo pivots their business to focus on homeowners that want to transform and upgrade their existing spaces.

You can stream the first four episodes now and the rest in July.

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Discovery Plus Originals: American Detective With Lt. Joe Kenda (2021)

American Detective With Lt. Joe Kenda crime show on the Discovery Plus Originals channel

Discovery Plus

IMDb Rating: 9.3/10

Genre: Crime

Starring: Joe Kenda

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 1

Seasoned homicide detective Lt. Joe Kenda presents other detectives' surprising and sometimes mind-boggling homicide cases in this true-crime series.

Each episode features the dedicated detectives that worked on each case and didn’t give up until they solved it.

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Magnolia Network: Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things (2021)

A guitar factory in Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things

Amazon

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Carson Beck

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 3

Ever wonder how your favorite products are made? There's certainly no shortage of shows for you to watch. From pianos to pinballs to American flags, The Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things focuses exclusively on goods manufactured in the United States.

Educational and appropriate for all ages, this is a great docuseries for kids and adults to enjoy together.

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