Nature TV Shows

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.

We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts
Alone
Alone
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Extinct or Alive
Extinct or Alive
Too Cute
Too Cute
Deadly 60
Deadly 60
When Sharks Attack
When Sharks Attack
Planet Earth
Planet Earth
Snake City
Snake City
River Monsters
River Monsters
Walking With Beasts
Walking With Beasts
Our Planet
Our Planet
Dog Days
Dog Days
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
Fatal Attractions
Fatal Attractions
Critter Fixers: Country Vets
Critter Fixers: Country Vets
Cesar 911
Cesar 911
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
Nature
Nature
Wild West
Wild West
Dynasties
Dynasties
Outback Wrangler
Outback Wrangler
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
Expedition Mungo
Expedition Mungo
Planet Earth II
Planet Earth II
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet
Big Cat Diary
Big Cat Diary
The Vet Life
The Vet Life
Food: Delicious Science
Food: Delicious Science
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack
Jurassic Fight Club
Jurassic Fight Club
Lost Tapes
Lost Tapes
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
72 Dangerous Animals: Asia
72 Dangerous Animals: Asia
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER
Alaska Monsters
Alaska Monsters
Meerkat Manor
Meerkat Manor
Cat vs. Dog
Cat vs. Dog
Animal Fight Night
Animal Fight Night
The Supervet
The Supervet
Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild
Coyote Peterson: Brave the Wild
Frozen Planet
Frozen Planet
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
Animal Planet Presents
Animal Planet Presents
Brazil
Brazil
Rick Steves' Europe
Rick Steves' Europe
Swamp People: Serpent Invasion
Swamp People: Serpent Invasion
Animals Gone Wild
Animals Gone Wild
Epic Yellowstone
Epic Yellowstone
Animal Face-Off
Animal Face-Off
Wonders Of The Universe
Wonders Of The Universe
Life In Cold Blood
Life In Cold Blood
Life Story
Life Story
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
Weird, True & Freaky
Weird, True & Freaky
Big Cat Week
Big Cat Week
Escape to Chimp Eden
Escape to Chimp Eden
Weird Wonders of the World
Weird Wonders of the World
World's Weirdest
World's Weirdest
Survive the Tribe
Survive the Tribe
Ed Stafford: Left for Dead
Ed Stafford: Left for Dead
Pit Boss
Pit Boss
BarkFest
BarkFest
National Geographic: Wild
National Geographic: Wild
Jim Henson's Animal Show With Stinky And Jake
Jim Henson's Animal Show With Stinky And Jake
Vet Gone Wild
Vet Gone Wild
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Lego Friends: The Power of Friendship
Raised Wild
Raised Wild
Monster Encounters
Monster Encounters
Wildest Latin America
Wildest Latin America
Africa's Deadliest
Africa's Deadliest
Fish Tank Kings
Fish Tank Kings
Life in the Undergrowth
Life in the Undergrowth
Wildlife Collection
Wildlife Collection
Evan Goes Wild
Evan Goes Wild
Preposterous Pets
Preposterous Pets
Supernature - Wild Flyers
Supernature - Wild Flyers
Madagascar [HD]
Madagascar [HD]
Great Migrations
Great Migrations
Built for the Kill
Built for the Kill
Duck Quacks Don't Echo
Duck Quacks Don't Echo
Animal Planet Extreme
Animal Planet Extreme
Big Cat Tales
Big Cat Tales
Big Pacific
Big Pacific
Great Yellowstone Thaw
Great Yellowstone Thaw
Really Wild Animals
Really Wild Animals
Call of the Wildman
Call of the Wildman
Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing
The Invaders
The Invaders
Orangutan Island
Orangutan Island
National Geographic Animals
National Geographic Animals
Wild China
Wild China
Big Cat Country
Big Cat Country
Animal Survivors
Animal Survivors
Growing Up
Growing Up
Twist of Fate
Twist of Fate