Sometime ago a question featured on travel.se about Mythbusters' duct tape island. The footage of the island came from a database and when the guys were running on a so called "deserted island" they were actually meters away from a resort in Hawaii.

More recently I watched an episode of "Airplane Repo", where suddenly the pilot ran out of fuel, indicated by the "E" on the compass. So a Repo pilot reads east as empty, yeah right.

Then you always have the "extremely dangerous" decent of Bear Grylls, only to be caught up by a new camera man below. He gives the impression he is alone.

After finding out more, similar flaws, on Discovery Channel, I am now really wondering if there is anything for real on Discovery Channel, or is it more simply fictional entertainment?

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    Is anything for real. Probably some things are, which means yes.
    – gerrit
    May 13, 2014 at 18:31
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    Bear Grylls has a behind-the-scenes episode with his camera crew, just FYI. May 13, 2014 at 19:03
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    Obviously the footage of the plane running out of fuel isn't original, unless there happened to be a camera in the plane at that time. For the other shows, the answers are going to be different. May 13, 2014 at 19:04
  • How is this too broad? Only one example of a non-fictional show on Discovery channel would be a valid answer!
    – Andra
    May 13, 2014 at 20:04
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    We discussed this here: meta.skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/2748/…. You're asking us to examine whether "there exists" anything real on Discovery channel. I think this would get re-opened if you asked us specifically if a particular thing that you're in doubt about is real or not... like some particular thing that Bear did, or some particular mythbusters shot.
    – user5582
    May 13, 2014 at 20:11


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