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
Too Cute
Too Cute
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Alone
Alone
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Nature
Nature
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
Dogs with Jobs
Dogs with Jobs
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
World's Weirdest
World's Weirdest
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Ocean Mysteries
Ocean Mysteries
Fish Tank Kings
Fish Tank Kings
Night
Night
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Green
Green
The WotWots
The WotWots
Dog Days
Dog Days
My Extreme Animal Phobia
My Extreme Animal Phobia
American Stuffers
American Stuffers
Nature's Great Events
Nature's Great Events
Africa
Africa
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Bad Dog!
Bad Dog!
Great Migrations
Great Migrations
An Animal Saved My Life
An Animal Saved My Life
Outback Wrangler
Outback Wrangler
Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas
Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas
Breeder Of The Pack
Breeder Of The Pack
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Animal Attractions
Animal Attractions
Eating Giants
Eating Giants
Wild Life
Wild Life
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
America's Cutest
America's Cutest
Monkey Thieves
Monkey Thieves
Moose Attack!
Moose Attack!
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
Pig Bomb
Pig Bomb
Animal Atlas: Animal Mysteries
Animal Atlas: Animal Mysteries
Animal Miracles
Animal Miracles
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
No Limits
No Limits
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Wildest Latin America
Wildest Latin America
Planet Earth Diaries
Planet Earth Diaries
Animal House
Animal House
Sons of Winter
Sons of Winter
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
The Wildlife Docs
The Wildlife Docs
Snake City
Snake City
Kangaroo Dundee
Kangaroo Dundee
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville
DogTown
DogTown
Maneaters
Maneaters
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Destination Wild
Destination Wild
Built for the Kill
Built for the Kill
Polar Bear Family and Me
Polar Bear Family and Me
Rescue Vet
Rescue Vet
Two Worlds
Two Worlds
Jim Henson's Animal Show With Stinky And Jake
Jim Henson's Animal Show With Stinky And Jake
My Wild Affair
My Wild Affair
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Water Life
Water Life
Human Prey
Human Prey
Wild Animal ER
Wild Animal ER
In The Dog House
In The Dog House
Animal Armageddon
Animal Armageddon
Underdog to Wonderdog
Underdog to Wonderdog
Wild Recon
Wild Recon
Bear Whisperer
Bear Whisperer
Pet Psychic Encounters
Pet Psychic Encounters
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