What to Watch on Discovery Plus Right Now (April 2021)

Here's what 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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Discovery Plus Originals: Cocktails and Tall Tales With Ina Garten and Melissa McCarthy (2021)

Ina Garten and Melissa McCarthy in 'Cocktails and Tall Tales With Ina Garten and Melissa Mccarthy'

Discovery

IMDb Rating: N/A

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Ina Garten, Melissa McCarthy

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: N/A

Number of Seasons: 1

This special is streaming exclusively on Discovery+ and pairs actress Melissa McCarthy with the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten. The two bond over whiskey sours, talk about their careers and families, and go on a virtual "double-date" with their husbands while answering fan questions on Instagram. McCarthy and Garten are entertaining and charming personalities, and this special might be the next best thing to brunch with friends until the Covid-19 pandemic ends.

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Discovery Channel: Deadliest Catch (2005)

Fishermen pull in a haul of crabs on 'Deadliest Catch'

Discovery

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Genre: Documentary, Reality-TV

Starring: Mike Rowe, Sig Hansen, Keith Colburn 

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 17

This reality television series about fishers and the dangers they face on the open waters has captivated audiences for well over a decade. The new season is all about the global Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on the fishing industry as it follows long-haul fishers making the trip to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for the 2021 Crab season. The captains face forty-foot waves, hurricane-force winds, and government bureaucracy as they struggle to keep their business alive.

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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: 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: N/A

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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HGTV: Hometown (2016)

Home Town home renovation reality TV show from HGTV

HGTV

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Ben Napier, Erin Napier, Amber Hayes

Created By: Jenna Keane

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 5

Home Town couple Ben and Erin Napier work with families who want to plant roots in Laurel, Mississippi. Follow along as they help clients find a home and then add finishing touches specifically for each family.

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Food Network: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (2006)

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives reality food show from Food Network

Food Network

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Genre: Reality TV

Starring: Guy Fieri, Hunter Fieri, Ryder Fieri

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 38

If you love a good food show but don’t need any glamour, this iconic Food Network series happily highlights humble but delicious food from diners and hole-in-the-wall eateries around the country.

If you haven’t tuned in, there are a whopping 38 seasons to gobble up. 

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TLC: Dr. Pimple Popper (2018)

Dr. Pimple Popper reality TV show on TLC

TLC

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Sandra Lee, 

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 6

Maybe you know Dr. Sandra Lee for her pimple-popping skills, but this show follows her as she works to resolve various skin issues in her patients. While this show probably isn’t for the squeamish, episodes are generally uplifting as Dr. Lee helps patients move beyond skin-deep barriers. 

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Investigation Discovery: On the Case with Paula Zahn (2009)

On the Case With Paula Zahn documentary series on Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery

IMDb Rating:  7.2/10

Genre: Documentary, Crime

Starring: Paula Zahn, Tom Scorzone, Raymond Brenkert 

Created By: Scott Sternberg, Scott Weinberger

TV Rating: N/A

Number of Seasons: 21

If you’re looking for a new interview-style crime documentary show to add to your queue, consider this series. For 21 seasons, TV newscaster and journalist Paula Zahn has interviewed those impacted by crimes that hit close to home.

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OWN: SuperSoul (2021)

SuperSoul interview series from the Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN

IMDb Rating: N/A

Genre: Reality TV

Starring: Oprah Winfrey

Created By: Oprah Winfrey

TV Rating: N/A

Number of Seasons: 1

You know and love Oprah Winfrey for her interviewing and many other skills. This new series brings intimate conversations with noteworthy interviewees exclusively to Discovery Plus subscribers. Catch the very first season featuring conversations with Andra Day, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and others.

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Travel Channel: Expedition Unknown (2015)

Expedition Unknown reality TV series from the Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Reality-TV

Starring:  Josh Gates, Tony Sam, Evan B. Stone

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 8

If you’re a history buff or a mystery fan, tune into Expedition Unknown. Host Josh Gates digs into famous mysteries such as Amelia Earhart's disappearance and the mythic Lost City of Gold.

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Magnolia Network: 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: N/A

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 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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Planet Earth: A Perfect Planet (2021)

A Perfect Planet nature documentary series from BBC

BBC

IMDb Rating: 9.1/10

Genre: Documentary

Starring: David Attenborough

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 1

Nature documentary fans, you don’t want to miss this breathtaking series narrated by David Attenborough. This eight-part show explores every habitat and corner of the natural world and how animals adapt to their surroundings with grace and resilience. 

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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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A&E: Nightwatch (2015)

Nightwatch reality series from the A&E network

A&E

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Gavin Istre, Dan Flynn, Nick Manning

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 5

Like a medical drama played out in real life, Nightwatch invites viewers along for the ride with experienced emergency responders in New Orleans. Watch their heroism and skill as they tackle the challenges of the overnight shift.

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History Channel: Alone (2015)

Alone documentary series on the History Channel

History Channel

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Genre: Documentary, Reality TV

Starring: Nicole Apelian, Dan, David

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: 7

Watch from the comfort of your home as survivalists embark on a very uncomfortable challenge: survive in the woods alone with only the contents of a single backpack. Each contestant receives a camera for filming, but it's otherwise completely solo. The last person standing after 1,000 days earns a prize of $1 million.

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Lifetime: Bring It! (2014)

Bring It! documentary series from Lifetime

Lifetime

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Genre: Drama, Music, Reality TV

Starring: Dianna Williams, Camryn Harris, Makya Griffin

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-PG

Number of Seasons: 6

If you’re a fan of dance competition shows, Bring It! is full of drama, dancing, and competitive spirit. This reality TV series follows the ups and downs with Coach Dianna and her dance troupe, the Dancing Dolls. It also highlights a dance genre that isn’t widely featured on TV: the hip-hop majorette style.

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Science: 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: N/A

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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diyNetwork: Flea Market Flip (2012)

Flea Market Flip series from HGTV

HGTV

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Lara Spencer, Justin Krzyston, Vanessa Jova

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: TV-G

Number of Seasons: 13

This reality competition show is great if you enjoy thrifting and DIY-ing. Teams receive $500 to find items from a flea market to transform and sell for a profit. Tune in for a little creative inspiration and friendly competition.

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Destination America: Bahamas Life (2018)

Bahamas Life reality TV series from HGTV

HGTV

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Genre: Reality-TV

Starring: Aldijana Myrick, Keith Myrick

Created By: N/A

TV Rating: N/A

Number of Seasons: 5

Even if you can’t whisk away to the Bahamas for vacation, you can dream about living there. This series follows couples, families, and singles seeking a dream house in paradise. Have fun imagining yourself there or debating with your family and friends about which house the buyers should choose.

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AHC: 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: N/A

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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