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The Best Nature TV Shows 

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Updated July 13, 2020 2.7k votes 582 voters 86.7k views 95 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best TV series.

The very best nature shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest nature shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular nature TV shows have been a staple of television for years, from documentary series to animal reality shows, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining nature show of all time is. 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. The list of nature television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List below includes The Jeff Corwin Experience, Earthflight and more shows.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best nature show of all time?" and "What are the greatest nature shows?"

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Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Sigourney Weaver

Premiered: 2006

Planet Earth is a 2006 British television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the ...more

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Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
David Attenborough

Premiered: 2009

Life is a British nature documentary series created and produced by the BBC in association with The Open University, it was first broadcast as part of the BBC's Darwin Season on BBC One and BBC ...more
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The Blue Planet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Tania Zaetta, Sami Lukis, Don Hany

Premiered: 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

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Frozen Planet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows

Premiered: 2011

Frozen Planet is a British nature documentary series, co-produced by the BBC and The Open University. It was filmed by the BBC Natural History Unit. The production team, which includes executive ...more

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The Crocodile Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Sui the Dog

Premiered: 1997

The Crocodile Hunter (Animal Planet, 1997) is an American wildlife documentary television series. Steve and wife Terri educate and entertain on the subject of Australia's all too often dangerous ...more
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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
David Attenborough

Premiered: 2011

Madagascar is a British nature documentary series, first broadcast on BBC Two and BBC HD in February 2011. Produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and Animal Planet and narrated by David ...more
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Wild Africa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Wild Africa

Premiered: 2001

Wild Africa is a British nature documentary series created and produced by the BBC, it explores the natural history of the African continent. It was first transmitted on 7 November 2001 on BBC ...more
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River Monsters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz

Premiered: 2009

River Monsters is a British and American wildlife documentary television programme produced for Animal Planet by Icon Films of Bristol, United Kingdom. Hosted by extreme angler and biologist ...more

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The Life of Birds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Life of Birds David Attenborough

Premiered: 1998

The Life of Birds is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 21 October 1998. A study of the evolution and ...more
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Life on Earth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
David Attenborough

Premiered: 1979

Life on Earth: A Natural History by David Attenborough is a television natural history series made by the BBC in association with Warner Bros. and Reiner Moritz Productions. It was transmitted ...more
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Yellowstone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows

Premiered: 2009

Yellowstone is a BBC nature documentary series broadcast from 15 March 2009. Narrated by Peter Firth, the series takes a look at a year in the life of Yellowstone National Park, examining how ...more
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The Life of Mammals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
David Attenborough

Premiered: 2002

The Life of Mammals is a nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 20 November 2002. A study of the evolution and habits ...more
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Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy

Premiered: 2005

Meerkat Manor is a British television programme produced by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet International that premiered in September 2005 and ran for four series until its ...more
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The Living Planet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
David Attenborough

Premiered: 1984

The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the UK from 19 January 1984. The sequel to his ...more

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The Secret Life of Eleph... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Secret Life of Elephants

Premiered: 2009

The Secret Life of Elephants is a BBC nature documentary series following the lives of elephants and the work of the conservation charity Save the Elephants in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. ...more
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Planet Earth: The Future... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Planet Earth: The Future

Premiered: 2006

Planet Earth: The Future is a 2006 BBC documentary series on the environment and conservation, produced by the BBC Natural History Unit as a companion to the multi-award winning nature ...more
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Nature's Great Events is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Sigourney Weaver, David Attenborough

Premiered: 2009

Each year, the planet is transformed through some of the most breathtaking natural events across our ecosystem, triggered by seasonal changes on a grand scale. These dramatic natural visual ...more
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Weird Nature is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows

Premiered: 2002

Weird Nature is a 2002 British documentary television series produced by John Downer Productions for the BBC and Discovery Channel. The series features strange behavior in nature—specifically, ...more
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The Private Life of Plan... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Private Life of Plants

Premiered: 1995

The Private Life of Plants is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first shown in the United Kingdom from 11 January 1995. A study of the growth, ...more
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The Most Extreme is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows

Premiered: 2002

The Most Extreme is a documentary television series on the American cable television network, Animal Planet. It first aired on July 7, 2002. Each episode focuses on a specific animal feature, ...more
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Orangutan Island is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows

Premiered: 2007

Orangutan Island is an American documentary television series, in the style of the successful series Meerkat Manor, that blends more traditional documentary filming with dramatic narration. The ...more
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Penguin Island is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Penguin Island

Premiered: 2010

Penguin Island is an Australian natural history television documentary series about the little penguin. The series premiered on 30 June 2010 on BBC TV. In Australia the show airs on ABC TV. The ...more

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Planet Earth II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Sir David Attenborough

Premiered: 2016

Planet Earth II (BBC One, 2016) is a British nature documentary series presented and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. This 6-part limited series explores how animals meet the challenges of ...more

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Life in Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
David Attenborough

Premiered: 2008

Life in Cold Blood is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 4 February 2008 on BBC One. A study of the ...more
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Wild Caribbean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Wild Caribbean Steve Toussaint

Premiered: 2007

Wild Caribbean is a four-part BBC nature documentary series exploring the natural and cultural history of the Caribbean Islands and Sea. It was first transmitted in the UK on BBC Two in January ...more