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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River Monsters
River Monsters
Nature
Nature
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
Too Cute
Too Cute
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Discoveries...Argentina Collection
Discoveries...Argentina Collection
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
Aloha Vet
Aloha Vet
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Animal Attractions
Animal Attractions
Africa from the Ground Up
Africa from the Ground Up
Nature's Great Events
Nature's Great Events
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Everything You Didn't Know About Animals
Everything You Didn't Know About Animals
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Dog Days
Dog Days
Sons of Winter
Sons of Winter
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Puppies vs. Babies
Puppies vs. Babies
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Raised Wild
Raised Wild
Ultimate Animal Countdown
Ultimate Animal Countdown
Monkey Thieves
Monkey Thieves
Animals in Danger
Animals in Danger
Ronnie's Animal Crackers
Ronnie's Animal Crackers
Drury's Thirteen
Drury's Thirteen
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Animal Superpowers
Animal Superpowers
DogTown
DogTown
Underdog to Wonderdog
Underdog to Wonderdog
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Pets & Their Vets
Pets & Their Vets
Breed All About It
Breed All About It
Bad Dog!
Bad Dog!
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
The WotWots
The WotWots
The Invaders (2011)
The Invaders (2011)
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
Wildlife Collection
Wildlife Collection
Shark Wranglers
Shark Wranglers
Rhino Wars
Rhino Wars
Wild Life
Wild Life
Big Game
Big Game
Ocean Mysteries
Ocean Mysteries
America's Cutest
America's Cutest
Jim Henson's Animal Show With Stinky And Jake
Jim Henson's Animal Show With Stinky And Jake
Species of Mass Destruction
Species of Mass Destruction
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Penguins: Waddle All the Way
Penguins: Waddle All the Way
Wild Germany
Wild Germany
Zoo Babies
Zoo Babies
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Wild About Animals
Wild About Animals
SharkFest
SharkFest
Wildest Islands
Wildest Islands
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Penguins - Spy in the Huddle
Penguins - Spy in the Huddle
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Human Prey
Human Prey
Night
Night
In The Dog House
In The Dog House
Animal Armageddon
Animal Armageddon
Wild Recon
Wild Recon
Bear Whisperer
Bear Whisperer
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
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller
Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller
Mystery Gorillas
Mystery Gorillas
Return to River Cottage
Return to River Cottage
Great Migrations
Great Migrations
Frisky Business
Frisky Business
An Animal Saved My Life
An Animal Saved My Life
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
The Birds and The Bees
The Birds and The Bees
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Animal Magnetism
Animal Magnetism
Animals Say the Wildest Things
Animals Say the Wildest Things
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Rat Busters NYC
Rat Busters NYC