What's the Better Channel: Science or Discovery?


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This week's contest is another big bro, little bro situation!

Background: Like most cable channels these days, Science began as a Discovery Channel spin-off. Originally called Discovery Science, it first broadcast in 1999 and has made itself over a number of times in the last decade, most recently in 2011 when it debuted its current black gemstone logo and a slightly more playful tone.

Original Programming: While much of Science's subject matter overlaps with Discovery Channel's, probably its most distinctive programming revolves around manufacturing. Shows like How It's Made and Factory Made are basically just machinery porn, and shows like Build It Bigger and How Do They Do It? illustrate some of the most incredible man-made engineering feats in the world. Not all its programming is dry and informational, however. Oddities is a charming reality show about a New York curiosity shoppe and Dark Matters explores the more fantastical and frightening lore in science history.

Reruns: Science also offers an array of original, yet repurposed reruns (including the entire run of Firefly), and some pretty great British science shows like Wonders of the Solar System and the hilarious Karl Pilkington miniseries An Idiot Abroad (which will return soon for Season 2). All in all, the network's reruns are tastefully chosen, relevant in subject matter, and fresh-seeming. Not bad!

Why It's The Best: Science airs tons of programming that's not only incredibly entertaining, but also has consistently high academic value. Plus, and I don't mean to sound weird, but those high-definition broadcasts of assembly line montages often border on beautiful.

Why It's The Worst: Science may not be the coolest kid in school. But you know what's supposedly cool? MTV2. Maybe coolness is overrated.

 

Background: Discovery Channel originated in 1985 as a co-venture between the BBC and various American investment firms. What began as an educational cable outlet which only broadcast for 12 hours a day to around 150,000 people is now one the largest cable networks in the world, reaching over 431 million homes worldwide.

Original Programming: Initially Discovery Channel aired content it acquired from documentary libraries and even the Soviet Union, but later produced its own specials on many subjects, most famously its annual week-long celebration of SHARKS!!! Additionally, it's struck gold with docu-reality series like Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, Dirty Jobs, and various other blue collar-related occupational shows. Also MythBusters! Many of Discovery's shows have been rebroadcast or relocated to its sister networks (including and especially Science). Not strictly a science channel, Discovery also created popular game show Cash Cab, once aired the interior design-based Christopher Lowell Show, and has made superstars of its resident hunks with Man vs. Wild and Dirty Jobs.

Reruns: Discovery has produced and/or amassed one of the largest content libraries in the world, but it still finds room to air acquisitions from sources like the BBC (Planet Earth, Life, and the upcoming Frozen Planet).

Why It's the Best: Shark Week!!!

Why It's the Worst: I don't care about swamp people, loggers, or really any shows where people die on the job.



Official TV.com Verdict
Just based on sheer number of minutes I spend tuned to each channel, Science wins by a landslide. Morgan Freeman would approve.


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


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


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Science, of course!!!
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Science!!!
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I love SCI!!
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I love Discovery but my heart belongs to Science.
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Science. Clearly.
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Science is like a box of chocolates
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My wife calls Science the 'other woman'. I can watch How It's Made for hour after hour after hour. Who knew how watching crap being made could be so addictive? Science gets my vote.
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Karl, Ricky, Morgan, those Oddities dudes & dudettes. Enough said. SCIENCE! (duh)

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Science, it's magical.
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Science, Baby!

They dropped the word 'channel' - who needs it ?!

Plus, Firefly, Ricky, and Morgan - Duh !!



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I've always been a fan of Discovery because of MythBusters, but wormhole is way more fun. S-s-s-s-SCIENCE!
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Science by a 1000 light years
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Licking my libs thinking about Science. It's teh gr8st.
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Science all the way baby.

Bugs, flying pumpkins, the universe, morgan freeman, space cowboys - I've got a list to "z".

You can't be on top forever big bro...



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Intellectually stimulating while still being very entertaining: Science Channel.
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Science Channel, naturally.
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I love Morgan Freeman. Science channel.
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Definitely Science.
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I admire Science for some of their original programming but cannot compete with Discovery - Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, Sons of Guns, Moonshiners... I could go on and on. Discovery is the best here.
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Discovery Channel.
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Science! Any channel that reruns Firefly is okay by me.
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DISCOVERY!!!! Shark Week and Mythbusters.... you can't go wrong!
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Discovery. Partly because of Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs but mainly because I don't have the science channel.
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Discovery
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Science.
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Discovery

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Discovery: zero points since their choice of programming effectively cancels itself out in my opinion due to mythbusters 1+, shark week 1-

Science: 2+ points based on Firefly 1+, How It's Made 1+, bonus points for good discovery reruns ?+

I guess this round goes to Science Channel.

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Firefly and Morgan Freeman on the same channel is a winner for me.
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Science gets my vote. Discovery used to be as good as Science, but now it's fallen down the 'reality show' rabbit hole. I don't want E! minus the celebrities, I want nerdy shows about Quantum Physics.
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with the Myth Busters Discovery wins like a zillion times..
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Discovery
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Science



Discovery: how far did the pumpkin fly

Science: how to build a trebuchet
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come on!! tickle from Moonshiners is the best!

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Science. "I drink my urine" guy killed Discovery for me a while ago.
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While both channels are largely the same, I still give the nod to Science. Discovery is slowly but surely starting to succumb to the Reality Programming Disorder (like sooo many other channels). Yes, it's creeping into Science as well but at a much slower rate. And Science is far more likely to air space- and astronomy-related programs, which I've always loved.



But all that aside, Science's curious but welcome decision to re-air "Firefly" surely tips the scales in their favor.

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Discovery Channel
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Discovery Channel airs How Its Made too, and new ones at that while Science Channel only airs their cast-offs. Discovery is also the place to find new MYTHBUSTERS, so it wins. That said, judging by their quickly-diminishing quality of programming, should we revisit this discussion in a year or so, they'll probably lose the vote.
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Damn, I like both of them equally. There are shows that I love like MythBusters on Discovery and shows like Through the Wormhole on Science. But then discovery has brought us Man vs Wild, which is kind of annoying and I am getting tired of watching him drink his Pee and "surviving". But then they countered it with Dual Survival which is just hilarious. I guess I have to go with The Discovery Channel.
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Have you ever tried turning off the Discovery Channel once you've started watching? It's very hard to do. I just gotta find out if that lion finally ate the gazelle, you know what I mean?



Discovery wins.
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Despite having John Noble, Nathan Fillion, and Morgan Freeman staring at me as I was reading this article, I'm going with the Discovery Channel. Simply, I just watch more programs on Discovery than programs on Science. It's a bit tough because there are some programs that air on both channels, I believe, such as How It's Made. But I watch Man vs. Wild, Mythbusters, and Dirty Jobs semi-regularly, and I think they air almost exclusively to Discovery.
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Discovery Channel for sure. Anyone know on what channel Science Channel is situated? No? Okay.
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Well, Shark Week is something I always tune into, (Air Jaws anyone?) But the last few years the specials on Shark Week haven't been as good as in the past. I also love Mythbusters and Cash Cab, but I don't really care for the Gold Rushers enjoying their Glory Hole (although it is hilarious to laugh at) and All the Ice Road or Deadliest Jobs don't make me tune in. I do love to see How It's Made and An Idiot Abroad, and Dark Matters, that plus Firefly re-runs (who cares if I own it on DVD?) that has to make Science win. Sorry Air Jaws, Air Jaws 2, and hopefully Air Jaws, This Time It's Personal.
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Gah. This is tough. I like Shark week and Mythbusters on Discovery, but Science has all of that plus Firefly.

I'll go with Science on this one.
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Discover. I love the Deadliest Catch, it is hilarious at times but also very real. I used to watch Mythbusters all the time but it doesn't fit into my TV schedule. Also I don't get the science channel at my house.

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Discover all the way. Shark Week and mythbusters!!
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Discovery! Mythbusters, Gold Rush, Deadliest Catch, and Dirty Jobs. Sorry Morgan Freeman, please don't smite me!
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Well, I love How It's Made. And you can never mess with Firefly. Science!
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Mythbusters, 'nuff said
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It goes against my very nature, but I'm not going by the numbers for this one.



Science - it has the entire run of Firefly. Game, Set, Match!
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Shark Week and Mythbusters means Discovery wins
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