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The Best Animal Planet TV Shows 

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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 you 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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The Crocodile Hunter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Sui the Dog

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Nature documentary, Reality television

The Crocodile Hunter (Animal Planet, 1997) is an American wildlife documentary television series. Steve and wife Terri educate and entertain on the subject of Australia's all too often dangerous ...more
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Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Tracy Oja Swenson added Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet Jeff Young

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

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Pit Bulls & Parolees... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Tia Torres, Tania Torres, Mariah Torres

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Documentary, Reality television

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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River Monsters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Nature, Educational television, Documentary

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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Wild Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows

Premiered: 1963

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Educational entertainment, Documentary

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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The Most Extreme is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Nature documentary

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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Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Nature, Drama, Educational television, Documentary, Nature documentary, + more

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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Dogs 101 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Dogs 101

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Children's television series, Documentary, Reality television

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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Animal Cops: Houston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Robert Leigh

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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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Pets 101 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Pets 101

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Pets 101 is a show that airs on Animal Planet.
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The Jeff Corwin Experien... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
The Jeff Corwin Experience Jeff Corwin

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Documentary, Nature documentary

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

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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
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Crocodile Hunter Diaries... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin, Terri Irwin

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Nature documentary, Reality television

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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Untamed & Uncut is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Untamed & Uncut

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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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The Planet's Funniest An... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Matt Gallant

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Entertainment

The Planet's Funniest Animals is an American television program featured on the Animal Planet cable channel.
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Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
retrodon added Michelle Oakley

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (National Geographic Channel, 2014) is an American reality television series. Dr. Oakley is the only vet in her area of the Yukon and treats domestic pets, endangered ...more
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My Cat from Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
d7smith added My Cat from Hell

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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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Animal Cops: Miami is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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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Weird, True & Freaky... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Weird, True & Freaky

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Documentary

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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Animal Cops: Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Animal Cops: Phoenix

Premiered: 2009

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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Incredible Dr Pol is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Charlotte Egyptsy Dawn added Incredible Dr Pol
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Miami Animal Police is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Rick Pasqualone

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

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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Croc Files is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Croc Files Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Nature documentary

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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Cats 101 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Animal Planet TV Shows
Cats 101

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

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
Sebastian Knapp, Eric Meyers, Tom McKay

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Docudrama, Action/Adventure, Drama, Documentary, Reality television

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