Animals TV Shows

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

Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Alone
Alone
Outback Wrangler
Outback Wrangler
River Monsters
River Monsters
Snake City
Snake City
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Dog Days
Dog Days
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Cat vs. Dog
Cat vs. Dog
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
The Vet Life
The Vet Life
Nature
Nature
Too Cute
Too Cute
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
The Invaders
The Invaders
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Brazil
Brazil
Vet Gone Wild
Vet Gone Wild
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
Trackers
Trackers
Raised Wild
Raised Wild
Fish Tank Kings
Fish Tank Kings
Hanging With the Hendersons
Hanging With the Hendersons
Evan Goes Wild
Evan Goes Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Ultimate Animal Countdown
Ultimate Animal Countdown
Shark Wranglers
Shark Wranglers
Big Cat Tales
Big Cat Tales
Survive the Tribe
Survive the Tribe
Great Migrations
Great Migrations
DogTown
DogTown
Wildest Latin America
Wildest Latin America
Vet School
Vet School
Psycho Kitty
Psycho Kitty
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
The Supervet
The Supervet
Wild Life
Wild Life
Dinosaur Revolution
Dinosaur Revolution
Monkey Thieves
Monkey Thieves
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
The Very Best of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
The Most Extreme
The Most Extreme
My Extreme Animal Phobia
My Extreme Animal Phobia
No Limits
No Limits
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Deer and Deer Hunting TV
Swimming With Monsters
Swimming With Monsters
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
North to Alaska
North to Alaska
Wild Recon
Wild Recon
Wild 24
Wild 24
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Bandit Patrol
Bandit Patrol
Eating Giants
Eating Giants
Wild Alaska
Wild Alaska
Night
Night
Kangaroo Dundee
Kangaroo Dundee
Duck Quacks Don't Echo
Duck Quacks Don't Echo
Wonder of Dogs
Wonder of Dogs
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Africa's Deadliest
Africa's Deadliest
Dogs with Jobs
Dogs with Jobs
Big Game
Big Game
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
Big Cat Track
Big Cat Track
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Animal House
Animal House
Out There With Jack Randall
Out There With Jack Randall
Give Me Shelter
Give Me Shelter
Kingdom of the North
Kingdom of the North
Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest
Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest
Headhunters TV
Headhunters TV
Wild New World
Wild New World
Bear Sanctuary
Bear Sanctuary
Human Prey
Human Prey
Rat Busters NYC
Rat Busters NYC
Fearless
Fearless
Saved
Saved
Austin Stevens Adventures
Austin Stevens Adventures
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
Secret Life of Predators
Secret Life of Predators
BarkFest
BarkFest
Animal Atlas: Animal Mysteries
Animal Atlas: Animal Mysteries
SharkFest
SharkFest
Animal Rescue
Animal Rescue