Ancient Flora / Fauna The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs  

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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 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 of which feature a dinosaur of one kind or another as the star - from lonely little pterodactyls to graceful, majestic brontosauruses - are all 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
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
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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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl
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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When Dinosaurs Roamed America is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
When Dinosaurs Roamed America
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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Dinosaur Planet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Planet
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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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Don Messick, Ted Cassidy, Hilly Hicks
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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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley
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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Denver, the Last Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Pat Fraley, Joey Dedio
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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Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams
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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Valley of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Jackie Earle Haley, Melanie Baker, Shannon Farnon
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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Walking with Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier
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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Dino-Riders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Dan Gilvezan, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker
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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Space Ghost and Dino Boy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Johnny Carson, Tim Matheson, Don Messick
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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Planet Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Planet Dinosaur John Hurt
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) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Dino Dan Jason Spevack
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) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr, Ian James Corlett
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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Beast Wars: Transformers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Scott McNeil, Garry Chalk, Ian James Corlett
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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Dinosaur Revolution is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Revolution
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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Jurassic Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Erik Thompson
Jurassic Fight Club is a paleontology-based television series on History which premiered in the USA in July 2008. Jurassic Fight Club was hosted by George Blasing, a self-taught paleontologist. ...more
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Dink, the Little Dinosaur is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Martin Short, Frank Welker, Nancy Cartwright
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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Kung Fu Dino Posse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Kung Fu Dino Posse
Kung Fu Dino Posse is an animated television series created by Peter M. Lenkov and produced by Sunwoo Entertainment, Sunwoo Asia-Pacific, Nerd Studios and Cookie Jar Entertainment. It premiered ...more
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Extreme Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Scott McNeil, Cusse Mankuma, Garry Chalk
Extreme Dinosaurs is an American animated series from 1997 based on a 1996 toy line from Mattel. This show is a spin-off of Street Sharks.
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Gogs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Gogs!, or simply Gogs, is a claymation-style animated television series which takes the form of a sitcom, originally aired on Welsh television in 1993, and aired to the rest of the United ...more
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Prehistoric Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Nigel Marven, Rod Arthur, Suzanne McNabb
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
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Harry and His Bucket Full of D... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Dinosaurs
Susan Roman, Ron Rubin, Juan Chioran
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