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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Nature
Nature
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
River Monsters
River Monsters
Alone
Alone
Too Cute
Too Cute
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
Wild About Animals
Wild About Animals
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Vet School
Vet School
Animal Journeys
Animal Journeys
Zoo Babies
Zoo Babies
Dogs with Jobs
Dogs with Jobs
Animal House
Animal House
Killer IQ: Lion vs. Hyena
Killer IQ: Lion vs. Hyena
Man & Beast with Martin Clunes
Man & Beast with Martin Clunes
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Pure Nature
Pure Nature
Wild Life
Wild Life
Ocean Mysteries
Ocean Mysteries
Secrets of the Deep
Secrets of the Deep
World of Discovery
World of Discovery
Rescue Vet
Rescue Vet
Two Worlds
Two Worlds
Animal Survivors
Animal Survivors
Fish Trails
Fish Trails
Saved From Extinction
Saved From Extinction
Africa from the Ground Up
Africa from the Ground Up
Lost Animals of the 20th Century
Lost Animals of the 20th Century
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Animal Miracles
Animal Miracles
Animal Weapons
Animal Weapons
Bear Sanctuary
Bear Sanctuary
Zeek's Animal World
Zeek's Animal World
Shark Gordon
Shark Gordon
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Human Prey
Human Prey
Psycho Kitty
Psycho Kitty
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas
How To Successfully Choose and Care for a Russian Tortoise
How To Successfully Choose and Care for a Russian Tortoise
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
My Extreme Animal Phobia
My Extreme Animal Phobia
Animals in Danger
Animals in Danger
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas
Eternal Enemies: Lions and Hyenas
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
Of Sharks and Men
Of Sharks and Men
Nature's Soap Operas
Nature's Soap Operas
The Wildlife Docs
The Wildlife Docs
Bear Whisperer
Bear Whisperer
Animal Planet Investigates
Animal Planet Investigates
Breed All About It
Breed All About It
Destination Wild
Destination Wild
Dog Days
Dog Days
How Big Can You Get?
How Big Can You Get?
Africa's Deadliest
Africa's Deadliest
Breeder Of The Pack
Breeder Of The Pack
Big Game
Big Game
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Monkey Thieves
Monkey Thieves
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
The Supervet
The Supervet
Big Deer TV
Big Deer TV
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Ridge Reaper
Ridge Reaper
Fish Mavericks
Fish Mavericks
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Planet Earth Diaries
Planet Earth Diaries
Wild 24
Wild 24
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
The Vet Life
The Vet Life
Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs
Martin Clunes: A Man and His Dogs
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville
Nature's Great Events
Nature's Great Events
Rat Busters NYC
Rat Busters NYC
Wild Transport
Wild Transport
Wild Asia
Wild Asia
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
Night
Night
In The Dog House
In The Dog House
Animal Armageddon
Animal Armageddon