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The Best Current Animal Planet Shows 

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Updated May 12, 2020 614 votes 121 voters 2.8k views 25 items

Known for educational programs about animals and animal behavior, some of the best Animal Planet shows on now can be as informative as they are entertaining. Wondering how to solve a problem with your dog? Curious just how much truth there is behind tales of mythological animals like unicorns and Bigfoot? In that case, Animal Planet programming is perfect. 

Wondering what to watch on Animal Planet? The currently airing shows on the network cater to a variety of tastes. For lovers of animals and pop culture, check out Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson. The variety show features celebrities and animal experts talking about how they interact with their pets. If you're interested in mythology, both Finding Bigfoot and Expedition Mungo explore the possibility that mythological creatures are actually real. For some practical advice, try At The End of My Leash featuring professional guidance on dog training. 

Which of these popular Animal Planet series it the best? Vote your favorites to the top of the list below. 

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The Zoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Nature, Reality

The Zoo (Animal Planet, 2017) is a reality series. Filmed over an eight-month period, the show takes audiences behind the scenes of the world-renowned Bronx Zoo.
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My Cat from Hell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
My Cat from Hell Jackson Galaxy, Eliza Roberts, Eric Roberts

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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Pit Bulls & Parolees... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet 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 Current Animal Planet Shows
Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz, Tim Mousseau

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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Animal Nation with Antho... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Anthony Anderson, Tiffany Haddish, Alonzo Bodden

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Talk show

Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson (Animal Planet, 2017) is a comedy talk show hosted by Anthony Anderson. Featuring Hollywood guests, the show includes funny animal clips and real animals.
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Monsters Inside Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Dan Riskin, Kei'la Ryan, Tony Dadika

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Monsters Inside Me is a television documentary series about parasites that live on or, in many cases, inside the human body. It is filmed in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the ...more
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Gator Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Gator Boys Paul Bedard, Jimmy Riffle, Ashley Lawrence

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Gator Boys (Animal Planet, 2012) is a nature reality series. Paul Bedard and Jimmy Rifle capture nuisance gators and other wildlife in South Florida and return them to their natural habitat.
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Treehouse Masters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Treehouse Masters Tory Jones, Pete Nelson, Dana Klisanin

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Reality television

People who know and work with Pete Nelson describe him as a tree whisperer. For his part, Nelson lets the trees do the talking. He's a world-renowned treehouse designer and builder, and this ...more
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Tanked is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Tanked

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Tanked is a reality TV series airing on Animal Planet. It follows the operations of Las Vegas based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, owned by brothers-in-law Brett Raymer and Wayde King. ATM bills ...more
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I Was Prey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Todd Endris, Jim Lane, Rachael Lilienthal

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Reality

I Was Prey (Animal Planet, 2017) is a reality series. Real people recount their hauntingly true stories of life or death situations with dangerous animals.
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Lone Star Law is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Rider, Mack Chambers, Froylan Hernandez

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Reality, Documentary

Lone Star Law (Animal Planet, 2016) is an American reality television series. Set in Texas and similar to its network sister show North Woods Law, the show follows numerous game wardens of the ...more
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Monkey Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Andy Serkis, Ralf Little, Jim Cronin

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Documentary

Monkey Life is a TV series documenting the work of Dr. Alison Cronin, Jeremy Keeling and their team at Monkey World. Monkey Life follows on from ITV Meridian's Monkey Business, based on the work ...more
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Deadliest Catch: Dungeon... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Gary Ripka, Mikey Retherford Jr., Kenny Ripka

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Reality

Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove (Discovery Channel, 2016) is a reality television series, and a spinoff of Deadliest Catch. The series follows the lives of crab fisherman working off the coast of ...more
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Insane Pools: Off the De... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Lucas Congdon, John Messner, Matt Schuler

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Reality

Insane Pools: Off the Deep End (Animal Planet, 2015) is a reality television series. Lucas Congdon and his Florida-based company, Lucas Lagoons, create grand, nature-inspired backyard oases ...more
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Expedition Mungo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Paul Mungeam

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Reality, Nature

Expedition Mungo (Animal Planet, 2017) is a nature reality documentary series. One of the most popular adventure cameramen, Paul "Mungo" Mungeam travels to remote, undiscovered corners ...more
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Finding Bigfoot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Ken Scott, Jonathan Hanrahan

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Paranormal television, Documentary

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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Viking Wilderness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Viking Wilderness

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Adventure film, Reality television

Viking Wilderness is a documentary television series about the animals of the Nordic Countries.
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Puppy Bowl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Puppy Bowl Harry Kalas, Scott Graham, Dan Schachner

Premiered: 2005

The Puppy Bowl is an annual television program on Animal Planet that mimics an American football bowl game similar to the Super Bowl, using puppies. Shown each year on Super Bowl Sunday, the ...more
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Rattlesnake Republic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Rattlesnake Republic Tom Spackman, Diamantina Casiano, Tracey Ely

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Action, Adventure Film, Reality television

In the heart of the Texas Snake Diamond, there exists a rare breed of cowboy who would never think to back down from a good old-fashioned rattlesnake fight. They have one of the most dangerous ...more
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At the End of My Leash ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
At the End of My Leash Brad Pattison, Taylor McOuat, Allison Stephen

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Reality television

At the End of My Leash is a reality television program starring Brad Pattison. In the United States, At the End of My Leash aired in the late Summer/Fall 2009 under the title In the Dog House on ...more
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Natural World is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Natural World David Attenborough

Premiered: 1967

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Nature documentary

Natural World is a strand of British wildlife documentary programmes broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Two HD and regarded by the BBC as its flagship natural history series. It is the longest-running ...more
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Lone Star Legend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Lone Star Legend Claude Griffin, Buck Medley, Valerie Finch

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

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Swamp Wars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Swamp Wars Ray Van Ness III, Chuck Seifert, Jeffrey Fobb

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Miami is a vacationer's paradise with its beautiful beaches, myriad of outdoor activities and sizzling nightlife. Yet, the city is situated in the center of a giant swamp making it a Garden of ...more
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Wild West Alaska is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Wild West Alaska Ken Feinman, Carolyn Nolin, Vasilika Vanya Marinkovic

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The staff of Wild West Guns provides firearms to Alaska's hunters and assorted quirky characters.
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Wildlife SOS is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Animal Planet Shows
Wildlife SOS

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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