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The Best National Geographic Channel TV Shows

Updated February 9, 2021 3.9k votes 1.1k voters 54.4k views56 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on National Geographic.

This list of the top current and canceled National Geographic shows of all time includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best National Geographic TV shows of all time includes old NatGeo shows, 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.

Answering the question, “What is the best National Geographic show of all time?”, this list includes National Geographic documentaries like Aftermath and Great Migrations. There are even dramas such as The Hot Zone and Mars, and reality shows like Life Below Zero. Many of these favorite National Geographic Channel shows are now available on Disney+.

What are the best National Geographic TV series ever? Vote up the best NatGeo shows, or use this list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion.

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  • Port Protection1
    291
    105

    Port Protection

    Jeffrey Johnson

    Premiered2015

  • The Incredible Dr. Pol2
    138
    45

    The Incredible Dr. Pol

  • Brain Games3
    205
    103

    Brain Games

    Keegan Michael Key, Jason Silva

    Premiered2011, 2019

  • Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey4
    157
    81

    Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan

    Premiered2014

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  • Life Below Zero5
    59
    19

    Life Below Zero

    James Franzo, Sue Aikens

    Premiered2013

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  • Street Genius6
    87
    47

    Street Genius

    Tim Shaw

    Premiered2013

  • Aftermath: Population Zero7
    75
    52

    Aftermath: Population Zero

    Reg E. Cathey

    Premiered2008

  • Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections8
    60
    40

    Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections

    Richard Hammond

    Premiered2008

  • Ultimate Factories9
    61
    42

    Ultimate Factories

    Christopher Cook

    Premiered2006

  • MegaStructures10
    80
    67

    MegaStructures

    Tom Goodman-Hill, Greg Stebner

    Premiered2004

  • World's Toughest Fixes11

    Premiered2008

  • Genius12
    34
    23

    Genius

    Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn

    Premiered2017

  • Be the Creature13
    39
    30

    Be the Creature

    Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt

    Premiered2003

  • The Hot Zone14
    27
    22

    The Hot Zone

    Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace

    Premiered2019

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  • Hard Time15
    41
    40

    Hard Time

    Thurston Moore

    Premiered2009

  • I Didn't Know That16
    38
    46

    I Didn't Know That

    Richard Ambrose, Jonny Phillips

    Premiered2006

  • Drain The Oceans17
    5
    1

    Drain The Oceans

    Craig Sechler, Matthew Adams

    Premiered2018

  • Seconds From Disaster18
    41
    52

    Seconds From Disaster

    Ashton Smith, Richard Vaughn

    Premiered2004

  • Aftermath19
    29
    35

    Aftermath

    Mike McCurlie, Reg E. Cathey

    Premiered2010

  • Critical Situation20
    25
    32

    Critical Situation

    Rufus Jones, John W. Iwanonkiw

    Premiered2007

  • Wicked Tuna21
    17
    22

    Wicked Tuna

    Dave Marciano, Dave Carraro

    Premiered2012

  • Mayday22
    37
    53

    Mayday

    Dylan Ramsey, Stephen Bogaert

    Premiered2003

  • Perfect Weapon23
    22
    31

    Perfect Weapon

    Monty Halls, Stuart Prior

    Premiered2006

  • StarTalk24
    16
    22

    StarTalk

    Neil deGrasse, Tyson Bill Nye

    Premiered2015

  • Breakthrough25
    19
    28

    Breakthrough

    Tanya Thompson

    Premiered2015