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
Too Cute
Too Cute
River Monsters
River Monsters
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Alone
Alone
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Snake City
Snake City
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Zoo Babies
Zoo Babies
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Night
Night
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Ocean Mysteries
Ocean Mysteries
Bear Sanctuary
Bear Sanctuary
Wild About Animals
Wild About Animals
Dogs with Jobs
Dogs with Jobs
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
The Supervet
The Supervet
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
Pure Nature
Pure Nature
Of Sharks and Men
Of Sharks and Men
Wild Life
Wild Life
Secrets of the Deep
Secrets of the Deep
World of Discovery
World of Discovery
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
Bear Attack!
Bear Attack!
Lost Animals of the 20th Century
Lost Animals of the 20th Century
Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef
Animal Miracles
Animal Miracles
Nature's Soap Operas
Nature's Soap Operas
Animal Weapons
Animal Weapons
Animal Journeys
Animal Journeys
Zeek's Animal World
Zeek's Animal World
Shark Gordon
Shark Gordon
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
Animal House
Animal House
Human Prey
Human Prey
Killer IQ: Lion vs. Hyena
Killer IQ: Lion vs. Hyena
Psycho Kitty
Psycho Kitty
The Wildlife Docs
The Wildlife Docs
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas
Man & Beast with Martin Clunes
Man & Beast with Martin Clunes
How To Successfully Choose and Care for a Russian Tortoise
How To Successfully Choose and Care for a Russian Tortoise
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
My Extreme Animal Phobia
My Extreme Animal Phobia
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Drury's Thirteen
Drury's Thirteen
Rescue Vet
Rescue Vet
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Underdog to Wonderdog
Underdog to Wonderdog
Bear Whisperer
Bear Whisperer
Pets & Their Vets
Pets & Their Vets
Breed All About It
Breed All About It
Dog Days
Dog Days
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
The Skunk Whisperer
The Skunk Whisperer
Wildlife SOS
Wildlife SOS
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
Nature's Great Events
Nature's Great Events
Ridge Reaper
Ridge Reaper
Fish Mavericks
Fish Mavericks
Yankee Jungle
Yankee Jungle
Dinosaurs: The Untold Story
Dinosaurs: The Untold Story
Fearless
Fearless
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Fish Tank Kings
Fish Tank Kings
Vet School
Vet School
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
In The Dog House
In The Dog House
Animal Armageddon
Animal Armageddon
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
DogTown
DogTown
Wild Recon
Wild Recon
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