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
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
River Monsters
River Monsters
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Too Cute
Too Cute
Dog Days
Dog Days
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Snake City
Snake City
Vet Gone Wild
Vet Gone Wild
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
The Vet Life
The Vet Life
Fish Tank Kings
Fish Tank Kings
Nature
Nature
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
Vet School
Vet School
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
Outback Wrangler
Outback Wrangler
Survive the Tribe
Survive the Tribe
Nature's Great Events
Nature's Great Events
Built for the Kill
Built for the Kill
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
The Supervet
The Supervet
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
SharkFest
SharkFest
Animal Rescue
Animal Rescue
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
Wild Life
Wild Life
Drury's Thirteen
Drury's Thirteen
How Big Can You Get?
How Big Can You Get?
My Extreme Animal Phobia
My Extreme Animal Phobia
Eating Giants
Eating Giants
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Monkey Thieves
Monkey Thieves
Animal Airport
Animal Airport
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Wild About Animals
Wild About Animals
Cat vs. Dog
Cat vs. Dog
Dogs with Jobs
Dogs with Jobs
Big Deer TV
Big Deer TV
Bear Sanctuary
Bear Sanctuary
Destination Wild
Destination Wild
Night
Night
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Luke Gamble's Vet Adventures
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Wildest India
Wildest India
Africa's Deadliest
Africa's Deadliest
Africa from the Ground Up
Africa from the Ground Up
Eaten Alive
Eaten Alive
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
Return to River Cottage
Return to River Cottage
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Give Me Shelter
Give Me Shelter
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest
Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest
Going Ape
Going Ape
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Weird Nature
Weird Nature
Two Worlds
Two Worlds
Ridge Reaper
Ridge Reaper
Zoo Babies
Zoo Babies
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Yankee Jungle
Yankee Jungle
Green
Green
Human Prey
Human Prey
Bandit Patrol
Bandit Patrol
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Rat Busters NYC
Rat Busters NYC
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
Swimming With Monsters
Swimming With Monsters
Everything You Didn't Know About Animals
Everything You Didn't Know About Animals
Wild Alaska
Wild Alaska
Planet Earth Diaries
Planet Earth Diaries
Raised Wild
Raised Wild
United States of Animals
United States of Animals
Wildlife SOS
Wildlife SOS
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Duck Quacks Don't Echo
Duck Quacks Don't Echo
Shark Gordon
Shark Gordon
Animals in Danger
Animals in Danger
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Wild with David Attenborough
Wild with David Attenborough
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Croc Attack
Croc Attack
World's Weirdest
World's Weirdest