Nature TV Shows

About Nature

Considering that we spend most of our TV-watching time indoors, it's ironic that one of the most popular genres of nonfiction TV programming has always been focused on the outdoors and the natural world. We like our technology, and we like to be comfortable, but we're also endlessly fascinated by the workings of the world and the things that live in it.

Even in the old days, when American TV viewers had only three broadcast networks and PBS to choose from, there was a significant of nature on the airwaves. "Nature" and "Cosmos" on PBS and programs like "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" elsewhere on the dial brought the natural world into the living from, on a scale ranging from the universal to the microscopic.

The rise of cable channels in the 1980s brought a plethora of channels devoted exclusively to nature-themed programming. The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the National Geographic Channel and others filled their schedules with series about the natural world. These days, those channels have mostly given up their more serious and educational programming, but even on contemporary cable, nature is still well represented, even if it's in the guise of reality shows about survivalists, hunters and fishermen.

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Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Big Cat Diary
Big Cat Diary
Alaska's Grizzly Gauntlet
Alaska's Grizzly Gauntlet
Ed Stafford: Left for Dead
Ed Stafford: Left for Dead
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Yellowstone Live
Yellowstone Live
Scaled
Scaled
Extinct or Alive
Extinct or Alive
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Walking With Beasts
Walking With Beasts
Twist of Fate
Twist of Fate
Planet Earth II
Planet Earth II
National Geographic: Wild
National Geographic: Wild
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Food: Delicious Science
Food: Delicious Science
Rick Steves' Europe
Rick Steves' Europe
Animal ER
Animal ER
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
Nature
Nature
Missouri Mountain Family
Missouri Mountain Family
Life Story
Life Story
Turtle Man
Turtle Man
Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries
Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries
72 Dangerous Animals: Asia
72 Dangerous Animals: Asia
Major League Bowhunter
Major League Bowhunter
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
Wild China
Wild China
National Geographic Animals
National Geographic Animals
Animals & Nature
Animals & Nature
Catastrophe
Catastrophe
Wonders of Mexico
Wonders of Mexico
Seconds From Disaster
Seconds From Disaster
The Life of Mammals
The Life of Mammals
Killer Wave
Killer Wave
Life in the Freezer
Life in the Freezer
Science & Weather
Science & Weather
David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials
David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials
The Gorilla Family and Me
The Gorilla Family and Me
Serial Killer Earth
Serial Killer Earth
Mega Builders
Mega Builders
Wild Bear Rescue
Wild Bear Rescue
Expedition Mungo
Expedition Mungo
Wild Ones
Wild Ones
That's Amazing
That's Amazing
Nature's Deadliest
Nature's Deadliest
Dr. Danger
Dr. Danger
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Bear Island
Bear Island
Mississippi Men
Mississippi Men
Wildest India
Wildest India
At Close Range
At Close Range
Wildest Latin America
Wildest Latin America
Wonders Of The Universe
Wonders Of The Universe
Dino Hunt
Dino Hunt
The Fowl Life with Chad Belding
The Fowl Life with Chad Belding
The Photographers
The Photographers
Nature's Gladiators
Nature's Gladiators
Wild America: Nature Parks  and Refuges Collection
Wild America: Nature Parks and Refuges Collection
Excalibur's Outdoor America
Excalibur's Outdoor America
Wild America: Big Game of America Collection
Wild America: Big Game of America Collection
Best of National Geographic
Best of National Geographic
Return to River Cottage
Return to River Cottage
Sunrise Earth International
Sunrise Earth International
Wild America: Amazing and Unique Animals
Wild America: Amazing and Unique Animals
2057: The World in 50 Years
2057: The World in 50 Years
Bear Grylls: Face the Wild
Bear Grylls: Face the Wild
Wild America: Creepy & Crawly Critters Collection
Wild America: Creepy & Crawly Critters Collection
Weird Wonders of the World
Weird Wonders of the World
Tribe, Animals, and Me
Tribe, Animals, and Me
ScentBlocker Most Wanted
ScentBlocker Most Wanted
River Cottage Forever
River Cottage Forever
Climbing Redwood Giants
Climbing Redwood Giants
Disaster Earth
Disaster Earth
Saving the Ocean
Saving the Ocean
Blue Planet - Seas of Life
Blue Planet - Seas of Life
Life In Cold Blood
Life In Cold Blood
TED Talks: Beasts, Bugs & Bio-wilderment
TED Talks: Beasts, Bugs & Bio-wilderment
American Landscapes 1
American Landscapes 1
Life in the Undergrowth
Life in the Undergrowth
Wild Iberia
Wild Iberia
TEDTalks: Environment: Project Makeover
TEDTalks: Environment: Project Makeover
Africa
Africa
Critter Quest!
Critter Quest!
TEDTalks: Humanity's Future
TEDTalks: Humanity's Future
The Snow Wolf Family and Me
The Snow Wolf Family and Me
Bringing Home the Bears
Bringing Home the Bears
Puppy Days
Puppy Days
Nature Collection
Nature Collection
Nature's Great Events: Diaries
Nature's Great Events: Diaries
Zoo Vets
Zoo Vets
Wild America, Watching & Photographing Wildlife Collection
Wild America, Watching & Photographing Wildlife Collection
Wild New Zealand
Wild New Zealand
3D Safari
3D Safari
National Geographic 125th Anniversary Nature Collection
National Geographic 125th Anniversary Nature Collection
Killer Wave: Power of the Tsunami
Killer Wave: Power of the Tsunami
Deadly Dozen
Deadly Dozen
NG Live
NG Live
Penquins: Spy in the Huddle
Penquins: Spy in the Huddle
Discovery Networks Sampler
Discovery Networks Sampler
Man-Eating Python
Man-Eating Python