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
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
Alone
Alone
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
DogTown
DogTown
Dog Days
Dog Days
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
72 Cutest Animals
72 Cutest Animals
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Drury's Thirteen
Drury's Thirteen
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
The Vet Life
The Vet Life
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Nature
Nature
Night
Night
Return to River Cottage
Return to River Cottage
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
In The Dog House
In The Dog House
Dark Days in Monkey City
Dark Days in Monkey City
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller
Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller
The Birds and The Bees
The Birds and The Bees
How Big Can You Get?
How Big Can You Get?
Outback Wrangler
Outback Wrangler
Creepy Creatures
Creepy Creatures
World's Weirdest
World's Weirdest
Wild Life
Wild Life
African Wild
African Wild
Two Worlds
Two Worlds
Monkey Thieves
Monkey Thieves
Animal Survivors
Animal Survivors
The Secret Life of Elephants
The Secret Life of Elephants
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
The Supervet
The Supervet
Big Deer TV
Big Deer TV
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Ridge Reaper
Ridge Reaper
ConQuest 200
ConQuest 200
Petersen's Hunting Adventures
Petersen's Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Penguins - Spy in the Huddle
Penguins - Spy in the Huddle
Water Life
Water Life
Dogs with Jobs
Dogs with Jobs
Animal House
Animal House
Wild Animal ER
Wild Animal ER
My Animal Friends
My Animal Friends
Killer IQ: Lion vs. Hyena
Killer IQ: Lion vs. Hyena
Treetop Cat Rescue
Treetop Cat Rescue
Snake City
Snake City
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Fearless
Fearless
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Rescue Vet
Rescue Vet
Jim Henson's Animal Show With Stinky And Jake
Jim Henson's Animal Show With Stinky And Jake
The Wildlife Docs
The Wildlife Docs
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
Animal Armageddon
Animal Armageddon
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
Underdog to Wonderdog
Underdog to Wonderdog
Wild Recon
Wild Recon
Bear Whisperer
Bear Whisperer
Pet Psychic Encounters
Pet Psychic Encounters
Maneaters
Maneaters
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Animal Planet Investigates
Animal Planet Investigates
Jaws and Claws
Jaws and Claws
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Mystery Gorillas
Mystery Gorillas
Pets & Their Vets
Pets & Their Vets
Breed All About It
Breed All About It
Bad Dog!
Bad Dog!
Destination Wild
Destination Wild
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