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
Too Cute
Too Cute
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Fish Tank Kings
Fish Tank Kings
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Alone
Alone
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
The Supervet
The Supervet
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Wild About Animals
Major League Fishing
Meow Madness
Dog Days
Of Sharks and Men
Zoo Babies
Wildest Arctic
Animal House
Pure Nature
Wild Life
Ocean Mysteries
Secrets of the Deep
World of Discovery
Rescue Vet
Two Worlds
Animal Survivors
Fish Trails
Saved From Extinction
Africa from the Ground Up
Lost Animals of the 20th Century
Great Barrier Reef
Animal Miracles
Nature's Soap Operas
Animal Weapons
Bear Sanctuary
Animal Journeys
Zeek's Animal World
Shark Gordon
Wildest India
Wildest Indochina
Wildest Latin America
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Dogs with Jobs
Human Prey
Killer IQ: Lion vs. Hyena
Psycho Kitty
The Wildlife Docs
Snake City
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas
Man & Beast with Martin Clunes
How To Successfully Choose and Care for a Russian Tortoise
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Animal Face-Off
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Alaska Monsters
Fearless
Orangutan Island
Escape to Chimp Eden
Meerkat Manor
Deadly 60
Vet School
Weird, True & Freaky
Dark Days in Monkey City
Bad Dog!
Return to River Cottage
Great Migrations
Bear Attack!
Animals Gone Wild
Fish Mavericks
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Wildest Islands
Drury's Thirteen
Animal Fight Night
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Wild 24
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Kangaroo Dundee
New Day Saturday
The Vet Life
Jurassic Fight Club
When Sharks Attack
Secret Life of Predators
Night
In The Dog House
Animal Armageddon
DogTown
Underdog to Wonderdog
Wild Recon
Bear Whisperer
Pet Psychic Encounters