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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, 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 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 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 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
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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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Madagascar David Attenborough 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) 6 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Wild Africa 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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The Life of Birds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Life of Birds David Attenborough 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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The Crocodile Hunter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Sui the Dog The Crocodile Hunter is a wildlife documentary television series that was hosted by Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri. The show became a popular franchise due to Irwin's unconventional approach to ...more

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The Life of Mammals is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Life of Mammals David Attenborough 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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The Secret Life of Elephants is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Secret Life of Elephants 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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Yellowstone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Yellowstone 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 Living Planet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Living Planet David Attenborough 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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Planet Earth: The Future is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Planet Earth: The Future 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) 14 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Sigourney Weaver, David Attenborough 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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Life on Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
David Attenborough 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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River Monsters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Jeremy Wade, Daniel Göz 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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Weird Nature is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Weird Nature 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 Most Extreme is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Most Extreme 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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The Private Life of Plants is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Private Life of Plants 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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Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy 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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Orangutan Island is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
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 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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Pure Nature is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Pure Nature Journey into the remote, unspoiled regions of the planet and experience nature at its wildest. Within these forgotten paradises are stories of survival and death, and of mankinds own complex ...more

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Europe: A Natural History is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Europe: A Natural History Europe: A Natural History is a four-part BBC nature documentary series which looks at the events which have shaped the natural history and wildlife of the European continent over the past three ...more

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Wild Caribbean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Wild Caribbean Steve Toussaint 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