The Best Dinosaur Documentary Series

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Vote up the best documentary shows about dinosaurs that have aired on television.

The best documentaries about dinosaurs are the perfect balance of fun and educational. The best dinosaur documentary series ever shown on television offers important scientific evidence and plenty of reenactments of dino life. If you’ve been looking for the best dinosaur documentaries to add some excitement to your TV nights, this list of the best dino documentary series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

From adorable (and dated) puppets and computer animation to the latest high tech renderings, the thing most dinosaur documentary series can offer is a chance to see dinosaurs in action. As the concept of what dinosaurs looked like keeps changing, the way dinosaurs in documentaries are portrayed changes too, which makes the shows from the '90s extra endearing. What makes dinosaur documentaries so unique is that all the reenactments are scientifically based and explained thoroughly by various talking heads. From the fossils of the 1989 Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives to the latest season of Clash of the Dinosaurs, you don't need a time machine to see dinos, you just need documentary series.

Which shows do the best job sharing details on dinosaurs? Vote up the best dinosaur documentary shows and see where your favourite documentary series about dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts rank.

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  • Walking with Dinosaurs
    Video: YouTube
    Imaging technology and scientific collaboration depict dinosaurs in the wild.
    • Premiered: October 4, 1999
    • Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

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  • Majestic dinosaurs and extraordinary creatures roam the lands, seas and skies.
    • Premiered: May 23, 2022
    • Actors: David Attenborough

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  • The Ballad of Big Al
    Video: YouTube
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    The Ballad of Big Al

    The Ballad of Big Al is a combination biography-sequel for Walking with Dinosaurs . It focuses on an Allosaurus named Big Al and his constant struggle to survive in a world filled with danger.
    • Premiered: 2001
  • Sea Monsters
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    Sea Monsters

    Sea Monsters is a 2003 BBC television trilogy which used computer-generated imagery to show past life in Earth's seas. In the U.S. it was known as Chased by Sea Monsters. It was made by Impossible Pictures, the creators of Walking with Dinosaurs, Walking with Beasts and Walking with Monsters. In the series, the British wildlife presenter Nigel Marven is shown travelling to seven past seas in the history of the Earth and scuba diving there, in order of dangerousness with the most dangerous last. He travels in a white sailboat or motorboat roughly 24 m long named 'The Ancient Mariner'. His time-travelling device is not mentioned or shown, and the closest thing to it is his time map, showing ...more
    • Premiered: 2003
    • Actors: Nigel Marven
  • Walking with Beasts
    Video: YouTube
    The wondrous creatures that roamed the planet in prehistoric times.
    • Premiered: November 15, 2001
    • Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Stockard Channing

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  • Chased by Dinosaurs
    Video: YouTube
    Chased by Dinosaurs is a BBC program featuring Nigel Marven as a time-traveller who encounters dinosaurs in the wild. The two-part series, a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs, was broadcast over Christmas 2002 and featured Nigel and his "team of fellow explorers" encountering prehistoric life over a large range of time, and seeing creatures not featured in the original series. A three part sequel, Sea Monsters, was later broadcast in 2003 and the similar series Prehistoric Park was produced by ITV in 2006. The series title wasn't used on screen, as it is the title for the Region 1 DVD.
    • Premiered: 2002
    • Actors: Nigel Marven