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The Best Nature TV Shows

Updated November 5, 2020 3.3k votes 597 voters 88.2k views99 items

List RulesVote up the best shows that show off and share the wonders of nature.

Even if you're not an outdoorsy person, the best nature shows on television can be captivating. These are the very best nature TV programs, ranked from best to worst, thanks to your votes. This list of the greatest nature shows also includes pictures from the shows, cast, and premiere date to help you vote. Popular nature TV shows have been a staple of television for years, from nature documentaries to animal reality shows, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining nature show of all time is.

List below includes The Jeff Corwin Experience, Earthflight, nature shows on Netflix like Night on Earth, and - of course - BBC nature documentary series like Life and Planet Earth.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best nature show of all time?" and "What are the greatest nature shows?" Don't let your favorite nature 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.

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    Planet Earth
    175
    28

    Planet Earth

    Sigourney Weaver

    Premiered2006

    NetworkBBC One, BBC HD

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  • 2
    Nature's Great Events
    68
    9

    Nature's Great Events

    Sigourney Weaver, David Attenborough

    Premiered2009

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 3
    Penguin Island
    49
    6

    Penguin Island

    Rolf Harris

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC Television

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  • 4
    Frozen Planet
    58
    15

    Frozen Planet

    David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin

    Premiered2011

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 5
    The Crocodile Hunter
    69
    26

    The Crocodile Hunter

    Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin

    Premiered1997

    NetworkAnimal Planet

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  • 6
    The Jeff Corwin Experience
    53
    12

    The Jeff Corwin Experience

    Jeff Corwin

    Premiered2001

    NetworkAnimal Planet

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  • 7
    Life
    105
    67

    Life

    David Attenborough

    Premiered2009

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 8
    The Blue Planet
    93
    56

    The Blue Planet

    Tania Zaetta, Sami Lukis

    Premiered2001

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 9
    Madagascar
    56
    21

    Madagascar

    David Attenborough

    Premiered2011

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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  • 10
    Europe: A Natural History
    40
    8

    Europe: A Natural History

    Sean Pertwee

    Premiered2005

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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  • 11
    Pure Nature
    39
    7

    Pure Nature

    Jean-Yves Cauchard, Pascal Vasselin

    Premiered2011

    NetworkDiscovery

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  • 12
    The Life of Birds
    45
    15

    The Life of Birds

    David Attenborough

    Premiered1998

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 13
    Wild Africa
    56
    26

    Wild Africa

    Fergal Keane

    Premiered2001

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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  • 14
    Big Cat Week
    38
    10

    Big Cat Week

    Jonathan Scott

    Premiered1996

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 15
    Yellowstone
    33
    7

    Yellowstone

    Peter Firth

    Premiered2009

    NetworkBBC HD

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  • 16
    Life on Earth
    34
    11

    Life on Earth

    David Attenborough

    Premiered1979

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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  • 17
    The Life of Mammals
    32
    10

    The Life of Mammals

    David Attenborough

    Premiered2002

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 18
    River Monsters
    55
    36

    River Monsters

    Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz

    Premiered2009

    NetworkAnimal Planet

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  • 19
    The Secret Life of Elephants
    30
    9

    The Secret Life of Elephants

    Sarah Parish

    Premiered2009

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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  • 20
    Survival
    33
    13

    Survival

    John Forsythe

    Premiered1961

    NetworkITV

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  • 21
    Storm Chasers
    40
    21

    Storm Chasers

    Joshua Wurman, Reed Timmer

    Premiered2007

    NetworkDiscovery Channel

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  • 22
    The First Eden
    31
    12

    The First Eden

    David Attenborough

    Premiered1987

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 23
    Meerkat Manor
    36
    17

    Meerkat Manor

    Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat

    Premiered2005

    NetworkAnimal Planet

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  • 24
    The Really Wild Show
    33
    14

    The Really Wild Show

    Janice Acquah

    Premiered1986

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, CBBC

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  • 25
    Planet Earth II
    18
    0

    Planet Earth II

    Sir David Attenborough

    Premiered2016

    NetworkBBC One

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