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The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows  

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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
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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Planet Earth II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
Sir David Attenborough
Planet Earth II (BBC One, 2016) is a British nature documentary series presented and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. This 6-part limited series explores how animals meet the challenges of ...more
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Life in Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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The Blue Planet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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 Life of Birds is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Life in the Undergrowth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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 Private Life of Plants is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Frozen Planet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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 Living Planet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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Africa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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) 12 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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Last Chance to See is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Saving Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Life of Mammals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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In the Womb is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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Life on Earth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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) 19 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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The Secret Life of Elephants is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Inside Life is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Wild Africa is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Yellowstone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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Crocodile Hunter Diaries is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nature Documentary TV Shows
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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Croc Files is listed (or ranked) 25 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