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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Too Cute
Too Cute
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
River Monsters
River Monsters
Alone
Alone
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
The Vet Life
The Vet Life
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Nature
Nature
Wild About Animals
Wild About Animals
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Wild Life
Wild Life
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
My Wild Affair
My Wild Affair
Blue Collar Adventures
Blue Collar Adventures
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Animal House
Animal House
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Night
Night
Bear Whisperer
Bear Whisperer
Jaws and Claws
Jaws and Claws
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Breed All About It
Breed All About It
Bad Dog!
Bad Dog!
Destination Wild
Destination Wild
Frisky Business
Frisky Business
The Birds and The Bees
The Birds and The Bees
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
Animal Allies
Animal Allies
Breeder Of The Pack
Breeder Of The Pack
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
World's Weirdest
World's Weirdest
Big Game
Big Game
Two Worlds
Two Worlds
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
The Secret Life of Elephants
The Secret Life of Elephants
Bear Sanctuary
Bear Sanctuary
Fish Tank Kings
Fish Tank Kings
The Supervet
The Supervet
Ridge Reaper
Ridge Reaper
Petersen's Hunting Adventures
Petersen's Hunting Adventures
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Ram Outdoorsman
Ram Outdoorsman
Wildest Islands
Wildest Islands
Drury's Thirteen
Drury's Thirteen
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Penguins - Spy in the Huddle
Penguins - Spy in the Huddle
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Kangaroo Dundee
Kangaroo Dundee
Ocean Mysteries
Ocean Mysteries
Rescue Vet
Rescue Vet
Nature's Great Events
Nature's Great Events
Yankee Jungle
Yankee Jungle
Aloha Vet
Aloha Vet
Life on the Reef
Life on the Reef
The Wildlife Docs
The Wildlife Docs
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
In The Dog House
In The Dog House
Animal Armageddon
Animal Armageddon
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
DogTown
DogTown
Underdog to Wonderdog
Underdog to Wonderdog
Wild Recon
Wild Recon
Pet Psychic Encounters
Pet Psychic Encounters
Maneaters
Maneaters
Animal Planet Investigates
Animal Planet Investigates
Dark Days in Monkey City
Dark Days in Monkey City
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
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
Return to River Cottage
Return to River Cottage
Great Migrations
Great Migrations
The WotWots
The WotWots
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