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The Best Dinosaur Documentary Series

Updated April 12, 2019 850 votes 157 voters 8.0k views18 items

List RulesVote 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 add any documentary series about dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts that are missing.

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  • 1

    ActorsKenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

    Walking with Dinosaurs is a six-part documentary television miniseries that was produced by...  more
  • 2
    56
    5

    The Ballad of Big Al

    2001
    The Ballad of Big Al is a combination biography-sequel for Walking with Dinosaurs . It focuses...  more
  • 3
    53
    9

    Walking with Monsters

    2005

    ActorsKenneth Branagh

    Walking with Monsters is a three-part British documentary film series about life in the...  more
  • 4

    ActorsKenneth Branagh, Stockard Channing

    Walking with Beasts is a 2001 six-part television documentary miniseries, produced by the BBC...  more
  • 5
    48
    14

    Planet Dinosaur

    2011

    ActorsJohn Hurt

    Planet Dinosaur, not to be confused with Dinosaur Planet, is a six-part documentary television...  more
  • 6

    ActorsNigel Marven

    Chased by Dinosaurs is a BBC program featuring Nigel Marven as a time-traveller who encounters...  more
  • 7

    ActorsNigel Marven, Rod Arthur, Suzanne McNabb

    Prehistoric Park is a six-episode Docu-fiction television mini-series that premiered on ITV on...  more
  • 8
    40
    10

    Sea Monsters

    2003

    ActorsNigel Marven

    Sea Monsters is a 2003 BBC television trilogy which used computer-generated imagery to show...  more
  • 9
    43
    24

    Dinosaur Revolution

    2011

    ActorsRick Robles

    Dinosaur Revolution is a four-part American nature documentary produced by Creative...  more
  • 10
    30
    10

    Prehistoric Planet

    2001

    ActorsBen Stiller

    Prehistoric Planet is a re-version of the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs and Walking with Beasts...  more
  • 11
    30
    13

    Dinosaur Planet

    2003
    Dinosaur Planet, not to be confused with Planet Dinosaur, is a four-part American nature...  more
  • 12
    12
    5

    Paleoworld

    1994
    Paleoworld is an American documentary television series that aired on The Learning Channel...  more
  • 13
    15
    13

    The Dinosaurs!

    1992
    The Dinosaurs!, American television miniseries produced by PBS in 1992, featuring some of the...  more
  • 14

    ActorsErik Thompson

    Jurassic Fight Club is a paleontology-based television series on History which premiered in...  more
  • 15
    14
    21

    Clash of the Dinosaurs

    2009
    Clash of the Dinosaurs is a four-part television mini-series produced by Dangerous LTD for...  more
  • 16
    12
    19

    Prehistoric Predators

    2009
    Prehistoric Predators was a 2007 National Geographic Channel program based on different...  more
  • 17
    5
    10

    Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

    1989

    ActorsDavid Attenborough

    Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives is a four-part BBC documentary series concerning the discovery of...  more
  • 18

    ActorsPeter Ward, Michael Carroll, Craig Chesner

    Animal Armageddon is an American paleontology-based documentary television miniseries that...  more