The problem is with the science. Not so good, it turns out.
Like the fictionalized “documentary” about a 100-foot, 80-ton shark they called Megalodon that also happens to be extinct. And has been for more than a million years. But Discovery resurrected Megalodon, with made-up stories of sightings and attacks.
There is a lot of good science on TV, but most of it is on PBS. In series like Nova, Nature, and occasionally even Frontline, there is a lot that an interested student of science can learn. And some of the programming on Discovery isn’t bad.
Of course, shark week feeds into people’s primal and unreasonable fears. The actual chance of getting attacked by a shark is exceedingly remote: there were about 72 unprovoked shark attacks on humans in 2014 worldwide. If there’s something you should really be scared of, it’s getting in your car. But so it goes.