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The Best National Geographic Channel TV Shows

Updated March 29, 2021 4.1k votes 1.1k voters 54.9k views58 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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    108

    Port Protection

    Jeffrey Johnson

    Premiered2015

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    150
    47

    The Incredible Dr. Pol

  • 3
    203
    101

    Brain Games

    Keegan Michael Key, Jason Silva

    Premiered2011, 2019

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    157
    80

    Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan

    Premiered2014

    More Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey 

    #179 of 340 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years#159 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

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    62
    18

    Life Below Zero

    James Franzo, Sue Aikens

    Premiered2013

    More 

    Behind The Scenes Facts (Most People Don't Know) About NatGeo's Life Below Zero#86 of 166 The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020

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    75
    52

    Aftermath: Population Zero

    Reg E. Cathey

    Premiered2008

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    80
    67

    MegaStructures

    Tom Goodman-Hill, Greg Stebner

    Premiered2004

  • 8

    Premiered2008

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    34
    23

    Genius

    Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn

    Premiered2017

    More Genius 

    #196 of 285 The Best TV Shows Returning In 2021#75 of 86 The Best Anthology TV Series, Ranked

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    40
    42

    Hard Time

    Thurston Moore

    Premiered2009

  • 11
    32
    31

    Built for the Kill

    Mathew Morgan

    Premiered2001

  • 12
    40
    44

    I Didn't Know That

    Richard Ambrose, Jonny Phillips

    Premiered2006

  • 13
    7
    1

    Drain The Oceans

    Craig Sechler, Matthew Adams

    Premiered2018

  • 14
    41
    50

    Seconds From Disaster

    Ashton Smith, Richard Vaughn

    Premiered2004

  • 15
    18
    21

    Wicked Tuna

    Dave Marciano, Dave Carraro

    Premiered2012

  • 16
    25
    33

    Critical Situation

    Rufus Jones, John W. Iwanonkiw

    Premiered2007

  • 17
    35
    48

    Street Genius

    Tim Shaw

    Premiered2013

  • 18
    9
    10

    Premiered2019

    More Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted 

    #28 of 45 The Best Travel TV Shows#21 of 25 The Best Current Food Network Shows

  • 19
    22
    30

    Perfect Weapon

    Monty Halls, Stuart Prior

    Premiered2006

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    13
    17

    Border Wars

    Bill Graves, J.J. Carrell

    Premiered2010

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    16
    21

    StarTalk

    Neil deGrasse, Tyson Bill Nye

    Premiered2015

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    36
    52

    Mayday

    Dylan Ramsey, Stephen Bogaert

    Premiered2003

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    19
    27

    Live Free or Die

    Dan Nachtrab, Jeff Wilburn

    Premiered2014

  • 24
    21
    31

    Rocket City Rednecks

    Travis Taylor

    Premiered2011

  • 25
    55
    83

    Dog Whisperer

    Cesar Millan

    Premiered2004