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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Nature Documentary TV series.

The very best nature documentary shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest nature documentary shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular nature documentary TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining nature documentary show of all time is. Don't let your favorite nature documentary television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of nature documentary television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Examples of shows on this list: The Private Life of Plants, In the Womb and more.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best nature documentary show of all time?" and "What are the greatest nature documentary shows?"
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Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver Planet Earth is a 2006 British television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the ...more

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The Blue Planet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Blue Planet Tania Zaetta, Sami Lukis, Don Hany The Blue Planet is a British nature documentary series created and produced by the BBC, It premiered on 12 September 2001 in the United Kingdom. It is narrated by David Attenborough. Described ...more

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The Living Planet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Living Planet David Attenborough The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the UK from 19 January 1984. The sequel to his ...more

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Saving Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Saving Planet Earth Alan Titchmarsh Saving Planet Earth is a season of nature documentaries with a conservation theme, screened on BBC Television in 2007 to mark the 50th anniversary of its specialist factual department, the BBC ...more

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Life in Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Life in Cold Blood David Attenborough Life in Cold Blood is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 4 February 2008 on BBC One. A study of the ...more

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Life in the Undergrowth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Life in the Undergrowth David Attenborough Life in the Undergrowth is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the UK from 23 November 2005. A study of the evolution and habits of ...more

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The Secret Life of Elephants is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Secret Life of Elephants The Secret Life of Elephants is a BBC nature documentary series following the lives of elephants and the work of the conservation charity Save the Elephants in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. ...more

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Wild Africa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Wild Africa Wild Africa is a British nature documentary series created and produced by the BBC, it explores the natural history of the African continent. It was first transmitted on 7 November 2001 on BBC ...more

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Inside Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Inside Life Barney Harwood Inside Life is a BBC nature documentary series for children's television which aired on the CBBC Channel in autumn 2009. It is a companion to the BBC Natural History Unit's series, Life, which ...more

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The Life of Birds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Life of Birds David Attenborough The Life of Birds is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 21 October 1998. A study of the evolution and ...more

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Frozen Planet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Frozen Planet Frozen Planet is a British nature documentary series, co-produced by the BBC and The Open University. It was filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit. The production team, which includes executive ...more

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The Private Life of Plants is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Private Life of Plants The Private Life of Plants is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first shown in the United Kingdom from 11 January 1995. A study of the growth, ...more

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In the Womb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
In the Womb In the Womb is a documentary television special miniseries that was premiered on March 6, 2005, on the National Geographic Channel. Originally beginning as a special about human pregnancy, the ...more

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Croc Files is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Croc Files Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin Croc Files is a wildlife documentary television series focusing on crocodiles first aired on cable TV channel Animal Planet. It was created as a spin-off to the original Crocodile Hunter and The ...more

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Crocodile Hunter Diaries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Crocodile Hunter Diaries Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin, Terri Irwin The Crocodile Hunter Diaries is a wildlife documentary television series first aired on cable TV channel Animal Planet. It was created as a spin-off to the original Crocodile Hunter series ...more

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The First Eden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The First Eden David Attenborough The First Eden: The Mediterranean World and Man is a BBC documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 8 March 1987. It comprises ...more

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The Life of Mammals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Life of Mammals David Attenborough The Life of Mammals is a nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 20 November 2002. A study of the evolution and habits ...more

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Madagascar David Attenborough Madagascar is a British nature documentary series, first broadcast on BBC Two and BBC HD in February 2011. Produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and Animal Planet and narrated by David ...more

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Big Cat Week is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Big Cat Week Big Cat Diary, also known as Big Cat Week or Big Cat Live according to the format of the show was a long-running nature documentary series on BBC television which follows the lives of African ...more

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Life on Earth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Life on Earth David Attenborough Life on Earth: A Natural History by David Attenborough is a television natural history series made by the BBC in association with Warner Bros. and Reiner Moritz Productions. It was transmitted ...more

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The Crocodile Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Sui the Dog The Crocodile Hunter is a wildlife documentary television series that was hosted by Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri. The show became a popular franchise due to Irwin's unconventional approach to ...more

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British Isles – A Natural Hist... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
British Isles – A Natural History Alan Titchmarsh British Isles – A Natural History is an eight-part documentary series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and presented by Alan Titchmarsh. Originally broadcast in the UK on BBC1 from ...more

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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
South Pacific South Pacific is a British nature documentary series from the BBC Natural History Unit, which began airing on BBC Two on 10 May 2009. The six-part series surveys the natural history of the ...more

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Africa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Africa Africa is a 2013 British television series created by the BBC Natural History Unit. It focuses on wildlife and wild habitats in Africa, and has been four years in the making.

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Yellowstone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Yellowstone Yellowstone is a BBC nature documentary series broadcast from 15 March 2009. Narrated by Peter Firth, the series takes a look at a year in the life of Yellowstone National Park, examining how ...more

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The Great Rift: Africa's Wild ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart Hugh Quarshie The Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart is a British nature documentary series, which began airing on BBC Two on 24 January 2010. A BBC/Animal Planet co-production, the three-part series focuses on ...more

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The Most Extreme is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Most Extreme The Most Extreme is a documentary television series on the American cable television network, Animal Planet. It first aired on July 7, 2002. Each episode focuses on a specific animal feature, ...more

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Life in the Freezer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Life in the Freezer David Attenborough Life in the Freezer is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 18 November 1993. A study of the seasonal cycle ...more

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State of the Planet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
State of the Planet David Attenborough State of the Planet is a three-part environmental documentary series, made by the BBC Natural History Unit, transmitted in November 2000. It is written and presented by David Attenborough, and ...more

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Nature's Great Events is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Nature's Great Events Sigourney Weaver, David Attenborough Each year, the planet is transformed through some of the most breathtaking natural events across our ecosystem, triggered by seasonal changes on a grand scale. These dramatic natural visual ...more

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Andes to Amazon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Andes to Amazon Andes to Amazon is a nature documentary TV series co-produced by the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, England and Animal Planet, first transmitted in the UK on BBC2 in November 2000. In ...more

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Lost Land of the Tiger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Lost Land of the Tiger Steve Backshall Lost Land of the Tiger is a three-part nature documentary series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit which follows a scientific expedition to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The expedition ...more

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Wild Caribbean is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Wild Caribbean Steve Toussaint Wild Caribbean is a four-part BBC nature documentary series exploring the natural and cultural history of the Caribbean Islands and Sea. It was first transmitted in the UK on BBC Two in January ...more

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Wild Down Under is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Wild Down Under Wild Down Under is a BBC nature documentary series exploring the natural history of the Australasian continent, first transmitted in the UK on BBC Two in September 2003. It was broadcast in ...more

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Last Chance to See is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Last Chance to See Stephen Fry, Mark Carwardine Last Chance to See is a wildlife documentary first broadcast on BBC Two in the United Kingdom during September and October 2009. The series is a follow-up of the radio series, also called Last ...more

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Lost Land of the Volcano is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Lost Land of the Volcano Steve Backshall, Dr George McGavin Lost Land of the Volcano is a three-part nature documentary series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit which follows a scientific expedition to the island of New Guinea. The expedition ...more

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Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Meerkat Manor Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy Meerkat Manor is a British television programme produced by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet International that premiered in September 2005 and ran for four series until its ...more

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Eyewitness is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Eyewitness Philip Glenister Eyewitness is a natural history television series produced by BBC and DK Vision. The series is based on the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Books series of children's books. Oxfordshire native Guy ...more

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Congo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Congo Congo is a 2001 BBC nature documentary series for television on the natural history of the Congo River of Central Africa. In three episodes, the series explores the variety of animals and ...more

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Ganges is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Ganges Ganges is a nature documentary series for television on the natural history of the River Ganges in India and Bangladesh. As well as the variety of animals and habitats that are to be found along ...more

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Natural World is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Natural World David Attenborough 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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Weird Nature is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Weird Nature Weird Nature is a 2002 British documentary television series produced by John Downer Productions for the BBC and Discovery Channel. The series features strange behavior in nature—specifically, ...more

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The Jeff Corwin Experience is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
The Jeff Corwin Experience Jeff Corwin The Jeff Corwin Experience is an American television show about mostly tropical animals airing on the Animal Planet cable channel since 2001. It is hosted by actor and conservationist Jeff ...more

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Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Planet Earth Planet Earth is a seven-episode PBS television documentary series, focusing on our planet, narrated by Richard Kiley. According to promotional materials for the series, "This vivid ...more

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Cousins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Cousins Cousins is a nature documentary TV series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, England, first transmitted in the UK on BBC One in August 2000. The series looks at the primates, ...more

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Charles Darwin and the Tree of... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life In this programme, David Attenborough asks three key questions: how, and why, did Darwin come up with his theory of evolution? Why do we think he was right? And why is it more important now than ...more

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Zoo Quest is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Zoo Quest David Attenborough Zoo Quest was a series of multi-part nature documentaries broadcast on BBC television between 1954 and 1963. It was the first major programme to feature David Attenborough. In each series, ...more

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Planet Earth II is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Planet Earth II Sir David Attenborough Planet Earth II (BBC One, 2016) is a British nature documentary series presented and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. A documentary series exploring how animals meet the challenges of ...more

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Are We Changing Planet Earth? is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Are We Changing Planet Earth? Are We Changing Planet Earth? and Can We Save Planet Earth? are two programmes that form a documentary about global warming, presented by David Attenborough. They were first broadcast in the ...more

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Going Wild With Jeff Corwin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Going Wild With Jeff Corwin Going Wild With Jeff Corwin is a Disney nature show produced and aired in the late 1990s. Host Jeff Corwin travels to some of the most exotic places in the world, including Florida, South ...more