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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, 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
Planet Earth 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
Life 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
The Blue Planet 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 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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Wild Africa is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 6 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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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 Secret Life of Elephants is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Yellowstone is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Planet Earth: The Future is listed (or ranked) 11 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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River Monsters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
River Monsters 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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Nature's Great Events is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Nature's Great Events 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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The Crocodile Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Crocodile Hunter 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 Most Extreme is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Life on Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Life on Earth 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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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 Living Planet is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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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Penguin Island is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Meerkat Manor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Meerkat Manor 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) 22 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Orangutan Island 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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Europe: A Natural History is listed (or ranked) 23 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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How the Earth Was Made is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
How the Earth Was Made How the Earth Was Made is a documentary television series produced by Pioneer Productions for the History channel. It began as a two-hour special exploring the geological history of Earth, ...more

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Pure Nature is listed (or ranked) 25 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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The First Eden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The First Eden David Attenborough The First Eden: The Mediterranean World and Man is a BBC documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 8 March 1987. It comprises ...more

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Mountain Men is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Mountain Men Charlie Tucker, Eustace Conway, George Michaud Mountain Men (History, 2012) is an American reality television series that follows the lives, adventures, and struggles of people living in the wilderness.

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Big Cat Week is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Big Cat Week Big Cat Diary, also known as Big Cat Week or Big Cat Live according to the format of the show was a long-running nature documentary series on BBC television which follows the lives of African ...more

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Charles Darwin and the Tree of... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life In this programme, David Attenborough asks three key questions: how, and why, did Darwin come up with his theory of evolution? Why do we think he was right? And why is it more important now than ...more

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Wild Caribbean is listed (or ranked) 30 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

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Orangutan Diary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Orangutan Diary Michaela Strachan, Steve Leonard Orangutan Diary is a nature documentary series on the BBC, which follows the lives of Bornean orangutans in the care of Lone Drøscher Nielsen, a member of the Borneo Orangutan Survival ...more

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In the Womb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
In the Womb In the Womb is a documentary television special miniseries that was premiered on March 6, 2005, on the National Geographic Channel. Originally beginning as a special about human pregnancy, the ...more

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Zoboomafoo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Zoboomafoo Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Gord Robertson Zoboomafoo is an American / Canadian children's television series that aired from January 25, 1999 to November 21, 2001 and is still currently shown in syndication and it is regularly shown on ...more

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Saving Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Saving Planet Earth Alan Titchmarsh Saving Planet Earth is a season of nature documentaries with a conservation theme, screened on BBC Television in 2007 to mark the 50th anniversary of its specialist factual department, the BBC ...more

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Life in Cold Blood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Life in Cold Blood David Attenborough 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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Ganges is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Ganges Ganges is a nature documentary series for television on the natural history of the River Ganges in India and Bangladesh. As well as the variety of animals and habitats that are to be found along ...more

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Life in the Freezer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Life in the Freezer David Attenborough Life in the Freezer is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 18 November 1993. A study of the seasonal cycle ...more

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State of the Planet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
State of the Planet David Attenborough State of the Planet is a three-part environmental documentary series, made by the BBC Natural History Unit, transmitted in November 2000. It is written and presented by David Attenborough, and ...more

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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
South Pacific South Pacific is a British nature documentary series from the BBC Natural History Unit, which began airing on BBC Two on 10 May 2009. The six-part series surveys the natural history of the ...more

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The Trials of Life is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Trials of Life David Attenborough The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Behaviour is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 3 October 1990. A ...more

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Congo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Congo Congo is a 2001 BBC nature documentary series for television on the natural history of the Congo River of Central Africa. In three episodes, the series explores the variety of animals and ...more

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The Really Wild Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Really Wild Show The Really Wild Show was a long-running British television show about wildlife, broadcast by the BBC as part of their CBBC service to children. It also runs on Animal Planet in the US. The show ...more

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Zoo Quest is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Zoo Quest David Attenborough Zoo Quest was a series of multi-part nature documentaries broadcast on BBC television between 1954 and 1963. It was the first major programme to feature David Attenborough. In each series, ...more

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Land of the Tiger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Land of the Tiger Land of the Tiger is a BBC nature documentary series exploring the natural history of the Indian subcontinent, first transmitted in the UK on BBC Two in 1997. The production team covered the ...more

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Storm Chasers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Storm Chasers Joshua Wurman, Reed Timmer, Sean Casey Storm Chasers is an American documentary reality television series that premiered on October 17, 2007, on the Discovery Channel. Produced by Original Media, the program follows several teams of ...more

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Survival is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Survival Survival is one of television's longest-running and most successful nature documentary series. Originally produced by Anglia Television for ITV in the United Kingdom, it was created by Aubrey ...more

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The Jeff Corwin Experience is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
The Jeff Corwin Experience Jeff Corwin The Jeff Corwin Experience is an American television show about mostly tropical animals airing on the Animal Planet cable channel since 2001. It is hosted by actor and conservationist Jeff ...more

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Lemur Street is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Lemur Street Lemur Street is a British television show produced by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet International which is based on the successful format of Meerkat Manor. The series ...more

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Life in the Undergrowth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Life in the Undergrowth David Attenborough Life in the Undergrowth is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the UK from 23 November 2005. A study of the evolution and habits of ...more

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Croc Files is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Nature TV Shows
Croc Files Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin Croc Files is a wildlife documentary television series focusing on crocodiles first aired on cable TV channel Animal Planet. It was created as a spin-off to the original Crocodile Hunter and The ...more