Documentary The Best Oceanic Documentary Series  

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List Rules Vote up the best documentary shows about whales and ocean that have aired on television.

The best documentaries about the ocean, whales and other sea creatures are not only breathtaking, but they're also a beautiful reminder of how much of the Earth is ocean. The best ocean documentary series ever shown on television are more than just a simple dive into the deep, sharing the history of the oceans and the amazing creatures that live in it. If you’ve been looking for the best ocean documentaries to add some beauty to your TV nights, this list of the best ocean and whale documentary series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

As technology improves, our views of the undersea world that takes up most of the planet become more crisp, clear, and otherworldly - even though they're about creatures very much of this earth. Newer documentaries such as Our Planet and Blue Planet II offer views never seen before, and modern understandings of the environments shared.

Which shows do the best job sharing the beauty of the ocean and its denizens? Vote up the best ocean documentary shows and add any documentary series about oceans, whales, and other sea creatures that are missing.

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Blue Planet II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
2017
Blue Planet II (BBC One, 2017) is a British nature documentary television series and a sequel to the 2001 documentary series The Blue Planet. Narrated and presented by Sir David Attenborough, ...more
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Sea Monsters: A Walking with D... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Sea Monsters: A Walking with Dinosaurs Trilogy 2003
Sea Monsters: A Walking with Dinosaurs Trilogy is a 2004 British Academy Television Craft Award for Special, Visual & Graphic Effects award winning TV program aired on November 9, 2003 in ...more
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Our Planet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
2019
Our Planet (Netflix, 2019) is a nature documentary series narrated by David Attenborough. The series addresses issues of conservation while featuring these disparate animals in their respective ...more
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Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth 2015
Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth (BBC Two, 2015), also known as Wild Atlantic for European release, is a British nature documentary television miniseries. The three-part limited series ...more
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Hunters of the South Seas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Hunters of the South Seas 2015
Hunters of the South Seas (BBC Two, 2015) is a British nature documentary television series. Writer Will Millard explores the extraordinary people of the Coral Triangle in the Western Pacific ...more
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Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corw... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin 2011
Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin is a 30-minute show which follows host Jeff Corwin's travels and works in conjunction with the Georgia Aquarium. Airing since 2011 on Saturday mornings on ABC TV ...more
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Dolphins: Spy in the Pod is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Dolphins: Spy in the Pod 2014
Dolphins: Spy in the Pod (BBC One, 2014) is a British nature documentary television series. Remote-control underwater "spy cameras" disguised as sea creatures - including dolphins, ...more
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Ireland's Ocean is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Ireland's Ocean 2014
Ireland's Oceans (RTÉ One, 2014) is an Irish nature documentary television series. The show focuses on the particular areas of the Atlantic ocean that separates Ireland from the mainland ...more
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Ocean Giants is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Ocean Giants 2011
Ocean Giants is a 2011 British nature documentary series narrated by actor Stephen Fry. The series is a production of the BBC Natural History Unit, and first premiered on 14 August 2011. The ...more
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Secret Life of Predators is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Secret Life of Predators 2013
Predators can be iconic or surprising. Some are easy to recognize -- and some you’d never even suspect -- but every one of them must strategize … improvise … and specialize in order to survive. ...more
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Life of Oceans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Life of Oceans 2010
Life of Oceans (National Geographic, 2010) is an American nature documentary television series. Examining the oceans and seas, which cover 70% of the Earth's surface and hold the very key to ...more
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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
2009
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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Oceans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
Oceans 2008
Oceans is an eight-part series on BBC Two, which seeks to provide a better understanding of the state of the Earth's oceans today, their role in the past, present and future and their ...more
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The Blue Planet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oceanic Documentary Series
2001
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