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The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs 

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Updated February 21, 2020 367 votes 71 voters 3.2k views 32 items

List Rules The best shows about, or starring, dinosaurs, both scripted and reality.

Although we'd probably feel differently if we had to share the planet with them, no one's really ever hated a dinosaur. From stuffy science museums to boring school textbooks, any time a dinosaur is around things instantly get more interesting. That's why when TV shows about dinosaurs pop up, they're pretty much irresistible. By bringing to life giant prehistoric dinosaurs in color and live action on our TV screens, the inner kid inside all of us still screams with delight and awe when we see these shows. It's these dinosaur TV shows that we've been unable to get enough of since childhood, and regardless of our age or taste, there are still few things more entertaining than seeing a giant creature come to life for our amusement.

There is no shortage of shows about dinosaurs that have pulled us into their world and proven just how strange and magnificent a world filled with dinosaurs really is. Whether they're dinosaur cartoons for kids, sitcoms for adults, or documentaries narrated by the most prestigious British-accented scientists, there are good shows about dinosaurs for everyone. 

The series on this list all feature a dinosaur of one kind or another -- from lonely little pterodactyls to graceful, majestic brontosauruses -- and are here to stoke our love of the dinosaur world, while reminding us exactly why we're glad we don't have to walk down the street and fear running into one. So let's go back in our time machines, try not to touch anything, hope we don't get eaten or stepped on, and rank this list of shows about dinosaurs from best to worst.

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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael ...more
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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett, Nika Futterman

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Kids Station, YTV, Italia 1, Cartoonito, KiKa, + more

The Land Before Time is an American animated television series, based on the Land Before Time film series created by Judy Freudberg and Tony Geiss. It was developed for television by Ford Riley ...more
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Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Terra Nova is an American science fiction drama television series. It premiered on September 26, 2011 with a two-hour premiere, and concluded on December 19, 2011 with a two-hour, two-episode ...more
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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

Premiered: 1960

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Cartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company

The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The ...more
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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 43

Network: NBC

Land of the Lost is a children's adventure television series created by David Gerrold and produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, who co-developed the series with Allan Foshko. During its original ...more
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Walking with Dinosaurs ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Walking with Dinosaurs is a six-part documentary television miniseries that was produced by the BBC, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, and first aired in the United Kingdom, in 1999. The series was ...more
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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Don Messick, Ted Cassidy, Hilly Hicks

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: TV Tokyo, NBC

Godzilla is a 30-minute animated series co-produced between Hanna-Barbera Productions and Toho in 1978 and aired on NBC in the United States and TV Tokyo in Japan. The series is an animated ...more
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Dino-Riders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Dino-Riders Dan Gilvezan, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1988

Number of Episodes: 14

Dino-Riders is a cartoon television series that first aired in 1988. Dino-Riders was primarily a promotion to launch a new Tyco toy line. Only fourteen episodes were produced, three of which ...more
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When Dinosaurs Roamed Am... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
When Dinosaurs Roamed America

Premiered: 2001

Network: Discovery Channel

When Dinosaurs Roamed America is a two-hour American television program that first aired on Discovery Channel in 2001. It was directed by Pierre de Lespinois and narrated by actor John Goodman. ...more
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Beast Wars: Transformers... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Scott McNeil, Garry Chalk, Ian James Corlett

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: YTV, Cartoon Network

Beast Wars: Transformers debuted in 1996, serving as the flagship of the Transformers: Beast Wars franchise. The two main factions are descendants of the original cartoon: the Maximals are the ...more
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Denver, the Last Dinosau... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Pat Fraley, Joey Dedio

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 52

Denver, the Last Dinosaur is an American-French cartoon for children originally released in 1988 by World Events Productions. It was nationally syndicated throughout the United States in 1988 ...more
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Valley of the Dinosaurs ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Jackie Earle Haley, Melanie Baker, Shannon Farnon

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: CBS

Valley of the Dinosaurs is an animated television series from the Australian studios of Hanna-Barbera that ran for 16 half-hour installments on CBS Saturday mornings from September 7 to December ...more
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Dinosaur Planet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Planet

Premiered: 2003

Number of Episodes: 4

Network: Discovery Channel

Dinosaur Planet, not to be confused with Planet Dinosaur, is a four-part American nature documentary first aired on Discovery Channel in 2003. It was hosted by Scott Sampson and narrated by ...more
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Primeval is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Primeval Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller

Premiered: 2007

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, ITV, ITV

Primeval is a British science fiction drama television programme produced for ITV by Impossible Pictures. Created by Adrian Hodges and Tim Haines, who previously created the Walking with... ...more
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Space Ghost and Dino Boy... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Space Ghost and Dino Boy Johnny Carson, Tim Matheson, Don Messick

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: CBS

Space Ghost is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. It first aired on CBS from September 10, 1966, to September 7, 1968. The series was composed of two unrelated ...more
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Dinosaucers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Andrew Cretella added Len Carlson, Rob Cowan, Marvin Goldhar

Premiered: 1987

Number of Episodes: 65

Dinosaucers is an animated television series co-produced in the United States and Canada. It was created by DIC Entertainment. This animated program originally aired in syndication in the USA in ...more
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Dink, the Little Dinosau... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Martin Short, Frank Welker, Nancy Cartwright

Premiered: 1989

Number of Episodes: 21

Network: CBS

Dink, the Little Dinosaur is an animated series produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. The series originally aired on the CBS Kids block on CBS from 1989 to 1991. The series was developed for ...more
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Planet Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Planet Dinosaur John Hurt

Premiered: 2011

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC One

Planet Dinosaur, not to be confused with Dinosaur Planet, is a six-part documentary television series created by Nigel Paterson and Phil Dobree, produced by the BBC, and narrated by John Hurt, ...more
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Dino Dan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Dino Dan Jason Spevack

Premiered: 2010

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Noggin

Dino Dan is a Canadian/American television series for children, which is airing on TVO Kids in Ontario, and Nick Jr. in Australia and the USA. The series was created and directed by J.J. Johnson ...more
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Dinosaur Train is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Train Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Ian James Corlett

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 40

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

Dinosaur Train is an American/Canadian/Singaporean animated series created by Craig Bartlett. The series features a curious young Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted ...more
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LEGO Jurassic World: Leg... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Britt McKillip, Alex Zahara, Adrian Petriw

Premiered: 2019

Network: Nickelodeon

Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar (Nickelodeon, 2019) is a CG-animated television miniseries that acts as a prequel to the 2015 film Jurassic World and inspired by the Lego toyline, the ...more
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Dinosaur Revolution is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Revolution

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 4

Network: Science, Discovery Channel

Dinosaur Revolution is a four-part American nature documentary produced by Creative Differences. It utilizes computer-generated imagery to portray dinosaurs and other animals from the Mesozoic ...more
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Harry and His Bucket Ful... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Susan Roman, Ron Rubin, Juan Chioran

Premiered: 2005

Network: Cartoon Network

Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs is a Canadian animated series that first aired in 2005. It is an adaptation of the series of children's books written and drawn by Ian Whybrow and Adrian ...more
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Barney & Friends is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Tory Green

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 14

Number of Episodes: 268

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

Barney & Friends is an American children's television series aimed at children from ages 1 to 8. The series, which first aired on April 6, 1992, features the title character Barney, a purple ...more
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Prehistoric Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Nigel Marven, Rod Arthur, Suzanne McNabb

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: ITV

Prehistoric Park is a six-episode Docu-fiction television mini-series that premiered on ITV on 22 July 2006 and on Animal Planet on 29 October 2006. The program was produced by Impossible ...more