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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Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Alone
Alone
Vet Gone Wild
Vet Gone Wild
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
The Vet Life
The Vet Life
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
River Monsters
River Monsters
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
Snake City
Snake City
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
The Supervet
The Supervet
Cat vs. Dog
Cat vs. Dog
Shark Wranglers
Shark Wranglers
Sons of Winter
Sons of Winter
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Fish Tank Kings
Fish Tank Kings
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Nature
Nature
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Bandit Patrol
Bandit Patrol
Wild Life
Wild Life
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Too Cute
Too Cute
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Big Cat Tales
Big Cat Tales
Nature's Great Events
Nature's Great Events
Animal Miracles
Animal Miracles
Bad Dog!
Bad Dog!
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Dog Days
Dog Days
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Kingdom of the North
Kingdom of the North
Survive the Tribe
Survive the Tribe
America's Cutest
America's Cutest
We Move Animals
We Move Animals
Vet School
Vet School
Bear Whisperer
Bear Whisperer
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
Brazil Gone Wild
Brazil Gone Wild
The Invaders
The Invaders
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Animal Airport
Animal Airport
Outback Wrangler
Outback Wrangler
Monkey Thieves
Monkey Thieves
Monster Encounters
Monster Encounters
Human Prey
Human Prey
Rat Busters NYC
Rat Busters NYC
American Stuffers
American Stuffers
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures
Drury's Thirteen
Drury's Thirteen
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Alaska: The Last Frontier: Exposed
Megalodon: The New Evidence
Megalodon: The New Evidence
World's Weirdest
World's Weirdest
Africa's Deadliest
Africa's Deadliest
Animal Storm Squad
Animal Storm Squad
How Big Can You Get?
How Big Can You Get?
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild
No Limits
No Limits
Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest
Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest
The Wildlife Docs
The Wildlife Docs
Going Ape
Going Ape
Weird Nature
Weird Nature
The Shark Files
The Shark Files
Ridge Reaper
Ridge Reaper
Zoo Babies
Zoo Babies
Man-Eating Python
Man-Eating Python
Wild India (Land of the Tigers)
Wild India (Land of the Tigers)
Fearless
Fearless
Saved
Saved
Nature Shock
Nature Shock
Wild Alaska
Wild Alaska
Dark Days in Monkey City
Dark Days in Monkey City
BarkFest
BarkFest
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
My Animal Friends
My Animal Friends
Polar Bear Family and Me
Polar Bear Family and Me
Great Migrations
Great Migrations
SharkFest
SharkFest
Animal Rescue
Animal Rescue
Wildlife SOS
Wildlife SOS
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Wild_Life With Bertie Gregory
Wild_Life With Bertie Gregory
Gentle Giants
Gentle Giants
Kangaroo Dundee
Kangaroo Dundee
Fish Mavericks
Fish Mavericks
Moose Attack!
Moose Attack!