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List of popular Animal Planet shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled Animal Planet TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best Animal Planet TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on Animal Planet, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

Meerkat Manor and River Monsters are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

Although television fans in different locations grew up with Animal Planet on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite Animal Planet TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top Animal Planet television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the Animal Planet network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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River Monsters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
River Monsters Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz River Monsters is a British and American wildlife documentary television programme produced for Animal Planet by Icon Films of Bristol, United Kingdom. Hosted by extreme angler and biologist ...more

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The Crocodile Hunter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Sui the Dog The Crocodile Hunter is a wildlife documentary television series that was hosted by Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri. The show became a popular franchise due to Irwin's unconventional approach to ...more

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Pit Bulls & Parolees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Pit Bulls & Parolees Tia Torres, Tania Torres, Mariah Torres Pit Bulls & Parolees is an American reality television series on Animal Planet which confronts the misunderstandings of the Pit Bull breed. The series debuted on October 30, 2009. It ...more

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Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Tracy Oja Swenson added Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet Jeff Young

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Wild Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Wild Kingdom Wild Kingdom, sometimes known as Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, is an American television show that features wildlife and nature. It was originally produced from 1963 until 1988, and was ...more

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Dogs 101 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Dogs 101 Dogs 101 is a show that airs on the American cable TV channel Animal Planet. Dog trainers and breeding experts explored the advantages and disadvantages of various breeds of dogs.

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Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Meerkat Manor Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy Meerkat Manor is a British television programme produced by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet International that premiered in September 2005 and ran for four series until its ...more

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The Most Extreme is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
The Most Extreme The Most Extreme is a documentary television series on the American cable television network, Animal Planet. It first aired on July 7, 2002. Each episode focuses on a specific animal feature, ...more

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Pets 101 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Pets 101 Pets 101 is a show that airs on Animal Planet.

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Animal Cops: Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Cops: Houston Robert Leigh Animal Cops: Houston is an American documentary reality television series that premiered in 2003 on Animal Planet. It takes place in Houston, Texas and focuses on the work of the Houston Society ...more

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The Jeff Corwin Experience is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
The Jeff Corwin Experience Jeff Corwin The Jeff Corwin Experience is an American television show about mostly tropical animals airing on the Animal Planet cable channel since 2001. It is hosted by actor and conservationist Jeff ...more

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Animal Cops: Detroit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Cops: Detroit Animal Cops: Detroit is a one-hour American reality television series that premiered in 2002 on Animal Planet. It takes place in Detroit, Michigan, home of the Michigan Humane Society, and ...more

The Best Current Animal Planet Shows

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The Planet's Funniest Animals is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
The Planet's Funniest Animals Matt Gallant The Planet's Funniest Animals is an American television program featured on the Animal Planet cable channel.

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Animal Cops: Miami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Cops: Miami Animal Cops: Miami is an American documentary reality television series that premiered in July 2010 on Animal Planet. The program follows the work of the investigators and animal control ...more

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Crocodile Hunter Diaries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Crocodile Hunter Diaries Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin, Terri Irwin The Crocodile Hunter Diaries is a wildlife documentary television series first aired on cable TV channel Animal Planet. It was created as a spin-off to the original Crocodile Hunter series ...more

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Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
retrodon added Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet Michelle Oakley

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Orangutan Island is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Orangutan Island Orangutan Island is an American documentary television series, in the style of the successful series Meerkat Manor, that blends more traditional documentary filming with dramatic narration. The ...more

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Untamed & Uncut is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Untamed & Uncut Untamed & Uncut is an American documentary television series that premiered on June 10, 2008 on Animal Planet. The program depicts unexpected and surprising animal encounters that are caught ...more

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Animal Face-Off is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Face-Off Dave Salmoni Animal Face-Off is a television program that aired on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet in 2004.

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Animal Cops: Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Cops: Phoenix Animal Cops: Phoenix, formerly titled Animal Planet Heroes: Phoenix, is an American documentary reality television series that premiered in 2008 on Animal Planet. The program follows the work of ...more

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Weird, True & Freaky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Weird, True & Freaky Weird, True & Freaky is a program that aired on Animal Planet in 2008 which focuses on unusual biology. Although some episodes center on unique animal behavior and traits, some focus on ...more

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Miami Animal Police is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Miami Animal Police Miami Animal Police is an American documentary reality television series that premiered on January 5, 2004 on Animal Planet. Produced by Lion Television, the program is set in Miami, Florida and ...more

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My Cat from Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
d7smith added My Cat from Hell My Cat from Hell is an American reality television series that airs on Animal Planet and premiered in May 2011. It stars Jackson Galaxy, a cat behaviorist by morning — and a musician by night — ...more

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Cats 101 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Cats 101 Cats 101 is a show that airs on Animal Planet.

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I Shouldn't Be Alive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
I Shouldn't Be Alive Sebastian Knapp, Eric Meyers, Tom McKay I Shouldn't Be Alive is a documentary television series that airs on multiple networks in the United States, Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, India, Iran, Pakistan, ...more

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Animal Cops: South Africa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Cops: South Africa Animal Cops: South Africa is an American documentary reality television series that premiered on June 6, 2008 on Animal Planet. The program depicts cases that are handled and investigated by the ...more

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Must Love Cats is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Must Love Cats Must Love Cats is an Animal Planet television series hosted by John Fulton which premiered in the United States in February 2011. In each episode, he travels through different parts of the ...more

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Croc Files is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Croc Files Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin Croc Files is a wildlife documentary television series focusing on crocodiles first aired on cable TV channel Animal Planet. It was created as a spin-off to the original Crocodile Hunter and The ...more

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Animal Planet Zooventure is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Planet Zooventure Animal Planet Zooventure is an American children's television game show which originally broadcast on Animal Planet from 1997 to 2000. The show was taped in the San Diego Zoo, and was hosted by ...more

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Breed All About It is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Breed All About It Breed All About It was a show that headlined one breed of dog, or a group of dogs, and presented facts and advice about that breed. It was aired Animal Planet. The series was hosted by Cam ...more

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Animal Precinct is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Precinct Michael Madsen, Timothy Stack Animal Precinct is an American documentary reality television series that originally aired from June 26, 2001, to February 4, 2008, on Animal Planet. Set in New York City, the series follows the ...more

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Escape to Chimp Eden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Escape to Chimp Eden Eugene Cussons Escape to Chimp Eden is a television series broadcast on the Animal Planet network that premiered on February 8, 2008. The series examines the rescue of abused and neglected chimpanzees.

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Wildlife SOS is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Wildlife SOS Wildlife SOS is a TV show on Animal Planet, based in the UK's Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead, Surrey. The show has been running since 1996, produced by Simon Cowell's Wild Productions. The series ...more

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Animal Cops: San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Cops: San Francisco Andrea Runge Animal Cops: San Francisco is an American documentary reality television series that premiered in 2005 on Animal Planet. The program follows ten Animal Care and Control investigators and two ...more

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Whale Wars is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Whale Wars Laura Dakin, Molly Kendall, Luke Van Horn Whale Wars is a weekly American documentary-style reality television series that premiered on November 7, 2008 on the Animal Planet cable channel. The program follows Paul Watson, founder of the ...more

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Pet Star is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Pet Star Mario Lopez Pet Star was a show on Animal Planet hosted by Mario Lopez. The show is a contest between owners and their trained pets who perform tricks. The tricks are graded by three celebrity judges on a ...more

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Finding Bigfoot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
alfeyerabend added Finding Bigfoot Ken Scott, Jonathan Hanrahan Only hour-long sitcom on TV! Finding Bigfoot is a documentary television series on Animal Planet. It premiered on May 30, 2011, and entered its sixth season on November 9, 2014. The program follows four researchers and ...more

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The Grizzly Man Diaries is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
The Grizzly Man Diaries Timothy Treadwell

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Fatal Attractions is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Fatal Attractions Fatal Attractions is a recurring documentary series on Animal Planet. First aired in 2010, the show focuses on human obsessions with wild animals that can become dangerous and sometimes fatal. ...more

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Rogue Nature is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Rogue Nature Dave Salmoni Rogue Nature is a reality television program broadcast in The United States on Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Theater and Animal Planet. The show follows host, biologist Dave Salmoni as he ...more

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Housecat Housecall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Housecat Housecall Housecat Housecall is a weekly 30-minute television program that aired on Animal Planet in the United States and Australia. The show was broadcast from June 7, 2008 to July 10, 2010. It was ...more

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Lemur Street is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Lemur Street Lemur Street is a British television show produced by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet International which is based on the successful format of Meerkat Manor. The series ...more

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Groomer Has It is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Groomer Has It Jai Rodriguez Groomer Has It is an American reality game television series broadcast on Animal Planet. It features a competition between twelve of America's best dog groomers to see who is the best groomer in ...more

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The Future Is Wild is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
The Future Is Wild Cedric Smith, Christian Rodska With the help of scientific experts and advanced computer programs, this Discovery Channel series is able to take a look at what the future would be like millions of years ago, after millennia ...more

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After the Attack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
After the Attack Dave Salmoni After the Attack is a reality television series on Animal Planet. It tells the stories of animal attack victims, recreating each story every episode. The series aired from March 4 to April 8,

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Lost Tapes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Lost Tapes Loren Coleman, Dallas Santana, Jessica Lynch Alfaro Lost Tapes is an American television horror series that aired on Animal Planet. Produced by Go Go Luckey Entertainment, the program presents found footage depicting traumatic encounters with ...more

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Heartland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Jayen Wallis added Heartland Morena Baccarin, Dabney Coleman, Melinda Dillon Heartland is a Canadian family drama television series which debuted on CBC on October 14, 2007. The series is based on the Heartland book series by Lauren Brooke. The TV series changes the ...more

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Viking Wilderness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Viking Wilderness Viking Wilderness is a documentary television series about the animals of the Nordic Countries.

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I'm Alive is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
I'm Alive I'm Alive was an American reality television series that featured death-defying stories of people determined to survive any kind of animal attacks, including reenactments by actors. The series ...more

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Feeding Frenzy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Feeding Frenzy Christopher Douglas Feeding Frenzy is a four-part American documentary reality television mini-series that premiered in 2008 on Animal Planet. The program follows, stars, and is hosted and narrated by actor ...more