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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Alone
Alone
River Monsters
River Monsters
Nature
Nature
Too Cute
Too Cute
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Animal Miracles
Animal Miracles
Land Rush
Land Rush
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
My Extreme Animal Phobia
My Extreme Animal Phobia
The Secret Life of Elephants
The Secret Life of Elephants
Night
Night
DogTown
DogTown
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Raised Wild
Raised Wild
Animals in Danger
Animals in Danger
Nature's Great Events
Nature's Great Events
Fish Mavericks
Fish Mavericks
Great Migrations
Great Migrations
The WotWots
The WotWots
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Puppies vs. Babies
Puppies vs. Babies
World's Weirdest
World's Weirdest
Big Game
Big Game
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Animals Like Us
Animals Like Us
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
Wild Recon
Wild Recon
Bad Dog!
Bad Dog!
K9 Mounties
K9 Mounties
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Wildlife Collection
Wildlife Collection
Built for the Kill
Built for the Kill
Ocean Mysteries
Ocean Mysteries
Zoo Babies
Zoo Babies
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Wild About Animals
Wild About Animals
Ice Holes
Ice Holes
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Ridge Reaper
Ridge Reaper
Petersen's Hunting Adventures
Petersen's Hunting Adventures
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Ram Outdoorsman
Ram Outdoorsman
Wildest Islands
Wildest Islands
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Drury's Thirteen
Drury's Thirteen
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Animal House
Animal House
Animal Atlas: Pet Party
Animal Atlas: Pet Party
Kingdom of the North
Kingdom of the North
Everything You Didn't Know About Animals
Everything You Didn't Know About Animals
In The Dog House
In The Dog House
Underdog to Wonderdog
Underdog to Wonderdog
Bear Whisperer
Bear Whisperer
Maneaters
Maneaters
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
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Mystery Gorillas
Mystery Gorillas
Pets & Their Vets
Pets & Their Vets
Breed All About It
Breed All About It
Destination Wild
Destination Wild
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
Dog Days
Dog Days
The Birds and The Bees
The Birds and The Bees
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
The Invaders (2011)
The Invaders (2011)
Pure Nature
Pure Nature
Outback Wrangler
Outback Wrangler
Safari: An Extraordinary Adventure
Safari: An Extraordinary Adventure
Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas
Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas
Green
Green
Wild New World
Wild New World
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Maneater Manhunt
Maneater Manhunt
Shark Wranglers
Shark Wranglers
Animal Underworld
Animal Underworld
Anna's Wild Life
Anna's Wild Life
Polar Bear Family and Me
Polar Bear Family and Me
Rhino Wars
Rhino Wars