Animals TV Shows

About Animals

Everyone loves animals, and TV producers learned long ago how to take advantage of that love to create popular television programming featuring entertaining animals. The animals may be adorable, they may be scary, or they may be simply interesting, but animal-related programs are almost always appealing to a wide variety of viewers.

Nature documentaries are perhaps the oldest genre of animal programs on TV. They tend to present animals in a factual way, and they often focus on a particular species or group of species. Some nature documentaries examine the lives of a range of species that live in a particular habitat, and they are commonly filmed in a detached style that tries to observe the animals without disturbing or interacting with them.

Another style of nature documentary is more willing to step into the world of animals in order to add an element of entertainment to the otherwise academic scope of the documentary. In this type of program, a host typically interacts with the animals while presenting factual information about them to the viewer. Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom is an early example of this sub genre of animal show, and more recent hosts of similar programs include Jack Hanna and Steve Irwin.

Animal-oriented programming has a presence within the category of reality TV, too. A sub genre of reality programming common on cable networks involves characters that engage with animals as a part of their careers. Alligator hunters, exterminators, veterinarians, animal control officers and law enforcement personnel have all been featured in series that depict the sometimes thrilling interaction between people and animals. These series, unlike documentaries, are much more concerned with entertaining than educating the audience

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Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Too Cute
Too Cute
Alone
Alone
River Monsters
River Monsters
The Vet Life
The Vet Life
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Nature
Nature
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Night
Night
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Nature's Great Events
Nature's Great Events
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
Wild Recon
Wild Recon
Dog Days
Dog Days
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
Life on the Reef
Life on the Reef
Animal Miracles
Animal Miracles
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Drury's Thirteen
Drury's Thirteen
Destination Wild
Destination Wild
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
Monkey Thieves
Monkey Thieves
Wild About Animals
Wild About Animals
Yankee Jungle
Yankee Jungle
In The Dog House
In The Dog House
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
Bear Whisperer
Bear Whisperer
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
Trijicon's World of Sports Afield
Trijicon's World of Sports Afield
The Birds and The Bees
The Birds and The Bees
Breeder Of The Pack
Breeder Of The Pack
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
The Secret Life of Elephants
The Secret Life of Elephants
Wild India
Wild India
Gentle Giants
Gentle Giants
Fish Tank Kings
Fish Tank Kings
No Limits
No Limits
Animal Airport
Animal Airport
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Ridge Reaper
Ridge Reaper
Fish Mavericks
Fish Mavericks
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Wildest Islands
Wildest Islands
Animal House
Animal House
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
The Wildlife Docs
The Wildlife Docs
The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration
The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration
Kangaroo Dundee
Kangaroo Dundee
New Day Saturday
New Day Saturday
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Bad Dog!
Bad Dog!
Wildest Indochina
Wildest Indochina
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Bandit Patrol
Bandit Patrol
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Animal Armageddon
Animal Armageddon
DogTown
DogTown
Underdog to Wonderdog
Underdog to Wonderdog
Pet Psychic Encounters
Pet Psychic Encounters
Maneaters
Maneaters
Animal Planet Investigates
Animal Planet Investigates
Dark Days in Monkey City
Dark Days in Monkey City
Jaws and Claws
Jaws and Claws
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller
Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller
Mystery Gorillas
Mystery Gorillas
Pets & Their Vets
Pets & Their Vets
Breed All About It
Breed All About It
Return to River Cottage
Return to River Cottage
Great Migrations
Great Migrations
The WotWots
The WotWots
Frisky Business
Frisky Business
My Bear Family
My Bear Family
An Animal Saved My Life
An Animal Saved My Life
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
Ultimate Predators
Ultimate Predators
Dangerous Migration
Dangerous Migration
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Animal Magnetism
Animal Magnetism