What's the Better Channel: Investigation Discovery or NatGeo?


Another day, another slaughter! By a HUGE margin, one more of Ted Turner's lovelies has been laid to rest in a poppy-covered grave. Congratulations goes to...


But let's be honest. It's really more like THIS:


These comments should help explain USA's massive victory:

VerRonnieCa: "TNT doesn't have Psych or Matthew Bomer."

TheKeaton: "USA, because it airs a show with Bruce Campbell in it!"

daddydriz: "TNT canceled Men of a Certain Age. That fact alone means that TNT loses."

quinan: "Matthew Bomer, that is all."


Special shout-out to genius mathematicians TrevPlatt, MelodyParis, and bkyle2429 for using such an impressive point system. I like your style.


Now onto the next match-up...


This week's contest promises to be both real and sensationalized!


Background: Sometime in the mid-1990s, somebody must've splashed some water on the Discovery Channel and fed it after midnight because dang! So many Discovery Channel spin-offs popped up. One of them was christened with the very distinguished moniker of Discovery Civilization Network: The World History and Geography Channel. The name pretty well sums up its primary subject matter at the time, but in 2003 the channel was rebranded to Discovery Times in honor of new co-owner, the New York Times. The partnership was short-lived and in 2008, Discovery's then wholly owned child was renamed yet again to Investigation Discovery and given a higher purpose: to be the most incredibly entertaining murder-themed channel on the air.

Original Programming: As long as folks are getting murdered, Investigation Discovery will keep cranking out the hits. Deadly Women, On the Case with Paula Zahn, Main Street Mysteries, Disappeared, Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry, and I (Almost) Got Away With It are among countless other nearly interchangeable (in a good way!) shows that prove just how bizarre and horrifying non-fiction can be.

Reruns: The most prominent reruns featured on Investigation Discovery are the true-crime shows that originally aired on other networks, particularly 48 Hours and Dateline. However, many of these reruns have actually IMPROVED since their original broadcasts, in that many of them have been updated with additional information on how their respective cases have developed since then.

Why It's The Best: Almost any time of day one can flip to this channel and be confronted with a living nightmare. Crime is horrible! But also endlessly fascinating.

Why It's The Worst: Once you've seen one terrible re-enactment, you've seen them all. (I want to see them all, but that's just me).


Background: Although the National Geographic Channel (NatGeo for short) is a relative newcomer on the scene, its pedigree is one of the oldest and most respected nature publications in the world. NatGeo first launched in America in early 2001 as a co-production between Fox Cable Networks and the National Geographic Society, the latter of which had been producing respected nature specials for television since the 1960s. Additionally, the actual print publication has featured award-winning journalism and photography since 1888! That is so many naked ladies! But anyway, yeah, to make a cable channel out of this thing was a no-brainer.

Original Programming: NatGeo's lineup is similar to the lineups of many ostensibly educational channels, alternating between one-off documentary specials and more faddish blue collar occupation-based series. Current featured series include: Alaska State Troopers, Knights of Mayhem, Rock Stars, Border Wars, Rocket City Rednecks, Outback Wrangler, and Swamp Men.

Reruns: NatGeo avoids reruns of traditional syndicated series and instead gives plenty of play to its enormous library of documentary specials.

Why It's the Best: NatGeo's respected journalism background means that any subject is fair game as long as it has some kind of informational value, and unlike the sensationalized overproduction of much of, say, Animal Planet's programming, NatGeo tends to favor entertainment that's—dare I say it?—educational.

Why It's the Worst: How many shows do we really need about hicks battling nature?



Official TV.com Verdict:
Call me morbid, but Investigation Discovery is pretty much my go-to channel on a daily basis.


But now it's your turn! COMMENT BELOW and tell us your verdict: Investigation Discovery or NatGeo? And make your case! What do you love or hate about each channel?


Click below to see the full tournament bracket:

Note: Because we started with an odd number of channels, we gave some of the bigger ones a first-round bye.


Want to catch up on past battles? Head over to the America's Got Cable archives.

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ID is addicting, even though I feel like it's teaching America how many different ways you can kill somebody.
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ID ... without a doubt.

http://blogs.discovery.com/stupid-criminals/
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Investigation Discovery is hands down.. the best.
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ID, ID, ID!!! Aphrodite Jones, Who the Bleep, Disappeared, Deadly Women, Wicked Attraction, I Almost Got Away with It, Twisted, On the Case, 48 Hours, Stolen Voices, Cold Blood ... I mean, SRSLY. NO. CONTEST.
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ID - no question!
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ID all the way. Something good is on every night!
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ID. I Married a Mobster is fascinating!
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ID..... because crime IS endlessly fascinating!
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ID all the way! Best Net on TV!
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ID slaughters this competition.
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Investigation Discovery all.the.way.
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Nat Geo
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Nat Geo.... only because I don't have Investigation Discovery.
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Colbert on Nat Geo!!!!!!
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Natgeo
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Investigation Discovery... It's what Court TV cough cough I mean TruTV used to be.
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I pick Entertainment not Education.
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I.D.
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At long last I can vote for Supernatural. OK, I realise that this is the wrong contest for voting for Supernatural, as this option is usually reserved for TV.com Throwdown contests, but hear me out.



Investigation Discovery = murder.

NatGeo = weird and wonderful world of nature.

Supernatural = Murder + the weird and wonderful -sometimes in- nature, so everyones a winner.



Besides, I don't like either of those channels so my points system is woefully inadequate for determining a winner. If you can't accept Supernatural as my vote, put down as an abstention.
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I went through phases where I watched each. My favorite show on ID was, 'I Almost Got Away With It' --I would always say, see I would've been smarter than that! So close, mr/ms criminal, so close...



I used to watch Nat Geo, but it's become somewhat pathetic. Same goes for the Discovery channel.....and anything interesting they do have to offer, I have seen 100 times. Like right now: the Truth About the Bermuda Triangle--I love this kinda stuff!! but I've seen it all....I'm a walking encyclopedia of the strange.



Personally, I prefer History, H2, and the Science channels respectively for my (pseudo-) educational tv programming.
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NatGeo
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I.D.
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natgeo..
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National Geographic (I refuse to call them NatGeo, d00d) is slowly devolving into a network of reality shows and decidedly UNeducational TV. However, thumbs up for the consistently interesting and informative "Naked Science," one of the few remaining shows that you'd expect to find on a channel with such a long history of providing quality reading and watching material.



That being said, I still have to give it the edge over ID. That's not so affectionately known in my house as The Murder Channel. Hey, I've seen (and enjoyed) nearly episode of "COPS" over the the past few decades so I'm not opposed to watching the seedier side of life on TV. But ID's terrible re-enactments and one-note-ishness to its programming just leave me cold. But who knows? Maybe they'll start adding ghost-hunting shows to their lineup of quality (cough) fare. Nearly all the other cable channels are doing it now, right?



No disrespect meant to the people who enjoy ID's lineup. It's just not in my wheelhouse, I guess.

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I watch I.D. like it's going out of style. I am always fascinated and horrified by the terrible things people do to each other. Without fail, I can turn on I.D. and find something interesting to watch.
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Investigation Discovery. Death in itself is fascinating. Death caused by other people is horrifying. Fascinating and horrifying are a combination I can get behind.
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Nat Geo because I like it. That is all.
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Investigation Discovery is sadly my favorite channel. After court tv went away and turned into whatever that ugly meth addicted cousin that farts too much.... trutv. Its crazy how many serial killers i could name or crimes they've done. To make myself feel better i tell myself i'm prepared for all the bad things that will happen during the apocalypse
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Investigation Discovery: Because murder never goes out of style.
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Investigation Discovery gets my vote. I love crime stuff and this does it for me.

Before Court TV turned into trash, I would watch them for stuff, but now it's been ID since it's inception.



Nat Geo is alright.
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agree with hockeyrick, NatGeo, assuming they air the South Caroline Serious Classy Republican Debate.

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ID. Because if I had to choose between a documentary about murder and a documentary about Alaska, I'd pick murder.
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NatGeo because you actually learn something new. I.D is for when you have hours of your life to waste.
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I.D. because I dont really watch Nat Geo...
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Nat Geo, but only if the really air the COLBERT DEBATE!!!!!
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NatGeo, coz I dont enjoy crime shows at all
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Investigation Discovery
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National Geographic. because I.D. needs to get off its fanny and start doing a variety of shows.
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NatGeo
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investigation discovery too
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Investigation Discovery
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Investigation discovery
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I've never watched either channel on purpose. They both sound like the opposite of educational. However, as an intellectual snob, I feel the need to choose the one that has special documentary things that might be educational as opposed to the tabloid crime channel. I recognize that by all rights as a non-viewer I should not vote, but I think its pretty clear already my natgeo vote will not count for anything as investigation discovery wins by a land slide anyways.
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Is this because of Colbert's debate?
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NatGeo
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Whenever I'm at my dads, Investigation Discovery is on all the time, and its great entertainment. So I'm going to go with that.
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investigation discovery: no other channel could make killing look funny
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Investigation Discovery. Nature shows are great, but several of the other nature channels do it just as well, and the True Crime shows on Investigation Discorvery are awesome.
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DEFINITELY Investigation Discovery!! :-)
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Easy: Investigation Discovery! Nature shows are boring. Crime shows are awesome!
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