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The Greatest TV Shows About Insects

Updated August 8, 2019 165 votes 37 voters 3.9k views16 items

List RulesThe best shows about, or starring, Insects, both scripted and reality.

There's something about insects that make them look beautiful when viewed up close in 4K on your TV. But if you saw that very same insect was on the wall behind your TV, you'd probably scream and try to smush it. But once that was taken care of you'd go right back to watching your insect TV show and having a great time. 

Since the beginning of television, there's been no shortage of colorful and unique TV insects that have been providing us with entertainment for decades. Whether they're shows for kids, adults, or everyone in between, there's a show about insects that appeals to everyone. There's something about those antennae, or all the legs and fancy colors, that makes insectoid and anthropomorphic bug characters appealing even to folks who would not willingly welcome actual bugs into their home.

The series on this list, all of which feature an insect or arthropod of one kind or another as the star - from lazy bugs to hard-working ants - are all here to stoke our love of the creepy crawly world, while reminding us exactly why it's nice to view these things from afar. So let's rank this list of shows about insects that make us glad we live indoors from best to worst.

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  • Monster Bug Wars1
    12
    6

    Monster Bug Wars

    Henry Stozier

    Premiered2011

    Monster Bug Wars is a nature documentary program, created and distributed by Beyond Television...  more
  • Freaky Stories2
    11
    5

    Freaky Stories

    Stephanie Morgenstern, Susan Roman

    Premiered1997

    Freaky Stories is a Canadian television series, which was originally broadcast by YTV in...  more
  • Creepy Crawlers3
    Creepy Crawlers is an joint-venture between American and French animated series from 1994,...  more
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches4
    8
    6

    Oggy and the Cockroaches

    Hugues Le Bars, Michel Elias

    Premiered1999

    Oggy and the Cockroaches is a French animated comedy series produced by Xilam and Gaumont Film...  more
  • The Hive5
    The Hive is a British CGI animated children's television series broadcast by Playhouse Disney,...  more
  • Beat Bugs6
    4
    2

    Beat Bugs

    Ashleigh Ball, Lili Beaudoin

    Premiered2016

    Beat Bugs (Netflix, 2016) is an Australian-Canadian animated children's television series...  more
  • Growing Up Creepie7
    5
    5

    Growing Up Creepie

    Athena Karkanis, Richard Yearwood

    Premiered2006

    Growing Up Creepie was an animated television series made in the USA and Canada by Mike Young...  more
  • Atom Ant8
    4
    4

    Atom Ant

    Henry Corden, Don Messick
    Atom Ant is a cartoon ant and superhero, created by Hanna-Barbera in 1965. Atom costarred in...  more
  • Fly Tales9
    Fly Tales is an animated series made in 1999. It featured the short adventures of a ball...  more
  • Hermie and Friends10
    4
    4

    Hermie and Friends

    Hermie and Friends is a Christian video series for children. The show is 3-D animated and...  more
  • Roboroach11
    5
    6

    Roboroach

    Scott Thompson, Len Carlson

    Premiered2002

    Roboroach is a Canadian animated television series, which ran on Teletoon in Canada and Fox...  more
  • Insectia12
    4
    5

    Insectia

    Georges Brossard

    Premiered1999

    Insectia is a nature documentary program on the Discovery Channel. The show's host, Georges...  more
  • Insektors13
    Insektors is a 1994 French animated TV series about a conflict between two tribes of...  more
  • Santo Bugito14
    1
    5

    Santo Bugito

    Cheech Marin, George Kennedy

    Premiered1995

    Santo Bugito is a 1995 animated cartoon series produced and developed by Klasky-Csupo for CBS...  more
  • The Buzz on Maggie15
    1
    6

    The Buzz on Maggie

    Jessica DiCicco, David Kaufman

    Premiered2005

    The Buzz on Maggie is an American animated television series created by Dave Polsky for Disney...  more
  • The Bug Diaries16
    1
    8

    The Bug Diaries

    Abigail Dylan Harrison, Gary Littman

    Premiered2019

    The Bug Diaries (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American animated comedy television series for...  more