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Planet Earth is a series of documentary films featured on the Discovery Chanel. The show provides unique and awe inspiring video photography meant to capture the mind and imagination. Covering all points of the globe, the show gives new appreciation to the place human beings call home.

Animal migration scenes are a favorite among viewers and show the sheer magnitude of some of the great antelope migrations on the African plain. Slow motion photography captures the life and death struggle between predator and prey as they attempt to rear the next generation of hunters and hunted. Tender moments between adult and young lions give new appreciation for the ferocious creature known as the King of Beasts.

The show's ocean photography captures the vast power and beauty of waves, storms and the abundant life that dwells within it. Slow motion videotape set to appropriately synchronized music shows the acrobatic dolphin as it leaps in freedom and races in wakes created by water vessels. Surprisingly agile, the great white shark is recorded with its ability to breach waters. However, it is motivated by the need to kill and is videotaped with super, slow motion that records and dramatically slows every intricate inch of the great white's movement throughout the kill. Haunting music enhances the moment. Large fish schools, known as bait balls, reflect shimmering scales as they dance in unison just beneath the ocean's surface. The majestic blue whale breaches and displaces enough water to fill a swimming pool.

Yet, the show records the beauty and wonder of a flower or beautifully colored butterfly as it gently lands to feed on natures resources. Insects that can only be seen as a result of remote travel and patience are brought into living rooms through the program and leave audiences amazed. Videotaped bird migrations film television screens and become a collective sky of feathers. Rare bird species that are only captured through the photographers lens amaze through courtship ritual and daily activity. Planet Earth also details some of the most remote and harsh environments capable of sustaining life. It allows the viewer to travel around the world without leaving home.

Planet Earth is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on March 5, 2006.

Where do I stream Planet Earth online? Planet Earth is available for streaming on Discovery Channel, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Planet Earth on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes online.

Discovery Channel
2 Seasons, 18 Episodes
March 5, 2006
Documentary & Biography Nature
Cast: Nikolai Drozdov
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Planet Earth Full Episode Guide

  • Cities serve as places of surprising opportunity for animals to thrive.

  • Grasslands cover one quarter of all land and support the greatest gatherings of wildlife on Earth, but hostile seasons pose a survival risk.

  • Deserts force animals to devise ingenious ways to cope with hostile conditions. We see for the first time how a small bat faces one of the deadliest scorpions in the world just to get a meal.

  • The jungles are the richest habitats on earth: mysterious worlds with incredible animals. We jump through the forest of Madagascar with the acrobatic Indri and venture to discover strange mushrooms and creatures that shine in the dark.

  • The great mountain ranges are some of the planet's most spectacular landscapes, but they are unforgiving places to live in, and only a few animals have what it takes to live at extreme altitude. Mountain animals are amongst the most elusive in the world, and this film provides unique and intimate glimpses into their secretive lives.

  • Remote islands offer sanctuary for some of the planet's strangest and rarest creatures. The rare pygmy three-toed sloth enjoys a peaceful existence on an idyllic Caribbean island, while nesting albatross thrive in predator-free isolation. But island life always comes at a cost.

  • In this final stunning episode, a 30 ton whale shark gorges on a school of fish and the unique overhead heli-gimbal camera reveals common dolphins rocketing at more than 30km an hour. Descending into the abyss, deep sea octopus fly with wings and vampire squid use bioluminescence to create an extraordinary colour display. The first ever time-lapse footage taken from 2,000m down captures eels, crabs and giant isopods eating a carcass, completely consuming it within three hours.

  • Discover the Taiga forest, on the edge of the Arctic - a silent world of stunted conifers. A third of all trees on Earth grow here and during the short summer they produce enough oxygen to change the atmosphere. In California General Sherman, a giant sequoia, is the largest living thing on the planet, ten times the size of a blue whale. The oldest organisms alive are bristlecone pines. At more than 4,000 years old they pre-date the pyramids.

  • A humpback whale mother and calf embark on an epic journey from tropical coral paradises to storm ravaged polar seas. Newly discovered coral reefs in Indonesia reveal head-butting pygmy seahorses, flashing 'electric' clams and bands of sea kraits, 30-strong, which hunt in packs. Elsewhere plagues of sea urchins fell forests of giant kelp. Huge bull fur seals attack king penguins, who despite their weight disadvantage, put up a spirited defence.

  • Jungles cover roughly three per cent of our planet yet contain 50 per cent of the world's species. High-definition cameras enable unprecedented views of animals living on the dark jungle floor. In the Ngogo forest the largest chimpanzee group in the world defends its territory from neighbouring groups. Other jungle specialists include parasitic fungi which infiltrate an insect host, feed on it, and then burst out of its body.

  • After filming for three years, Planet Earth finally captures the shy Mongolian gazelle. Only a handful of people have witnessed its annual migration. Don't miss the bizarre-looking Tibetan fox, captured on film for the first time. Over six weeks the team follow a pride of 30 lions as they attempt to hunt elephants. Using the latest night vision equipment, the crew film the chaotic battles that ensue at close quarters.

  • The Arctic and Antarctic experience the most extreme seasons on Earth. Time-lapse cameras watch a colony of emperor penguins, transforming them into a single organism. The film reveals new science about the dynamics of emperor penguin behaviour. In the north, unique aerial images show a polar bear swimming more than 100km. Diving for up to two minutes at a time. The exhausted polar bear later attacks a herd of walrus in a true clash of the Titans.

  • Around 30% of the land's surface is desert, the most varied of our ecosystems despite the lack of rain. In the Gobi Desert, rare Bactrian camels get moisture from the snow. In the Atacama, guanacos survive by licking dew off cactus spines. The brief blooming of Death Valley triggers a plague of locusts 65km wide and 160km long. A unique aerial voyage over the Namibian desert reveals elephants on a long trek for food and desert lions searching for wandering oryx.

  • Follow the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea. Watch spectacular waterfalls, fly inside the Grand Canyon and explore the wildlife in the world's deepest lake. Planet Earth captures unique and dramatic moments of animal behaviour: a showdown between smooth-coated otters and mugger crocodiles; deep-diving long tailed macaques; massive flocks of snow geese on the wing and a piranha frenzy in the perilous waters of the world's largest wetland.

  • Tour the mightiest mountain ranges, starting with the birth of a mountain at one of the lowest places on Earth and ending at the summit of Everest. One of Earth's rarest phenomena is a lava lake that has been erupting for over 100 years. The same forces built the Simian Mountains where troops of gelada baboons live, nearly a thousand strong. The program also brings us astounding images of a snow leopard hunting on the Pakistan peaks, a world first.

  • In this never before seen footage, you will be amazed at the world in its beautiful natural state. The wonder will make you tremble and the beauty will make you fall in love with Planet Earth. Going from tundra to plains, from mountains to ocean, from pole to pole, this episode goes through the features of the show and gives the viewer an outline of what is to come in the future episodes_4-18.

Planet Earth News

Discovery's New Shows: Polar 'Planet Earth' and 'Penn & Teller's Secrets of the Universe'

Getting tired of "Mythbusters" reruns? Don't worry, the Discovery Channel has just announced some new shows and specials that will keep you entertained (and maybe teach you a few things, too!).

The "Planet Earth" team, which has already brought some incredible footage to Discovery, will have a new multi-part special titled "Frozen Planet." The show will be formatted much in the same way that "Planet Earth" was, but will focus entirely on the polar regions.

Planet Earth Video Clips & Extras

Planet Earth Trailer (00:55) PLANET EARTH: INCREDIBLE FAMILIES - Exclusive Sneak Peek at World Premiere Special Clip (02:31) The Impact of PLANET EARTH - Inside Look INCREDIBLE FAMILIES Clip (00:45) PLANET EARTH: EXTREME JOURNEYS - Exclusive Sneak Peek at World Premiere Special Clip (02:15) My Travel Adventures - Inside Look PLANET EARTH: EXTREME JOURNEYS Clip (00:33) Hardest Part of Making PLANET EARTH - Inside Look EXTREME PREDATORS Clip (00:43) PLANET EARTH: EXTREME PREDATORS - Exclusive Sneak Peek at World Premiere Special Clip (02:11) PLANET EARTH: Extreme Predators World Premiere Special Only on BBC America Clip (00:31)