The Animal Kingdom is full of fascinating yet deadly animals and, we can experience them virtually in the comfort of our homes through some of the top deadliest animal TV shows. We do not have to catch a snake or climb a mountain to know about them. Because in reality, such shows are made, with great precautions and the security available for the participants and hosts.
Earlier, we could only learn about such animals either through books or through the personal encounters of the residents in an area. The onset of television has allowed several tv networks to bring shows exclusively based on wildlife, and this made it easy for us to learn about them that would be otherwise too lethal to experience in reality. Networks like BBC Earth, Animal Planet, Discovery, and National geographic are worth mentioning in this regard. Also, there are online platforms, like Netflix and Hulu, with animal-based programs for the audience.
So let’s sneak into the list of some top ten deadliest animal tv shows below.
72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America
This one is an American-Australian nature documentary show based on the deadliest wildlife of Latin America. It started on 31st December 2017 on Netflix. It has only one season with 12 episodes that explore the dangerous wildlife of Latin America. Bob Brisbane hosts the show along with Vidal Haddad Jr and Rui Seabra Ferreira Jr.
The hosts try to find out the top deadliest animal throughout this TV show in Latin America and put them on their list of 72 lethal animals. It also features interviews of the survivors and residents who have encountered those deadly creatures during different periods. This list has sub-categories suck as, ‘Pack Hunters’ (with Africanized honey bee in the first position), ‘One Hit Wonders’ ( with Poison dart frog on top), ‘Best Left Alone (Assassin bug is the first in this category), and many more interesting groups.
According to the findings of this show, the Fer-de-lance snake holds first place in this list overall. Mosquitoes and Poison dart frogs are in second and third positions.
72 Dangerous Animals: Asia
This series is similar to the above one, except that this one aims at finding the deadly animals on the Asian continent. 72 Dangerous Animals: Asia is an Australian documentary on nature made in 2018. This series is also a single-season show, with 12 episodes, available on Netflix. It was originally released on 10th August 2018. Bob Brisbane hosts the show, along with Bryan Grieg Fry and Romulus Earl Whitaker (an American-Indian herpetologist).
The theme of the show is to find the dangerous animals on the tropical continent of Asia and put them on their list of 72 Dangerous Animals. The animals are tracked via trails provided by interviews and stories of real encounters with residents with them.
Some interesting sub-categories include Wrong Place, Wrong Time ( The Indian leopard), Deadly: Fact or Folklore (tiger), Pretty and Painful (Asian elephant), Urban Jungle (Asian tiger mosquito or forest mosquito), and many more. Box Jellyfish tops the overall list. Russell’s Viper and Saltwater Crocodile hold the second and third positions.
Man vs. Monster
Man vs. Monster is a British documentary television series that ran from 6th June 2011 to 25th May 2013 on National geographic. It ran for 3 seasons with 16 episodes in total. The show’s host is the adventurer and a cinematographer, Richard Terry. He travels to different deadly locations and solves the mysteries of the animal attack stories as told by the locales dwelling in these remote places.
Some of the locations visited are the Amazon rainforest, where Terry is behind the trails of a huge spider, South Mexico (Chiapas), and the Indonesian Archipelago. The series ended in 2013 in the Invasion of the Mutant Pig episode.
Built for the Kill
If you are looking for detailed insights into the life of specific predators, this is the series that will provide every detail regarding them. Built for the kill is a nature documentary that aired on National geographic from 2001 to 2004. The Dark Soul actor Mathew Morgan narrated the show. Built for the Kill has 5 seasons with 31 episodes.
The series covered every aspect of predators’ lives in detail. The name of a particular episode is right according to the content of that episode. For example, if the show is on predators from coral reefs, its name will be Coral Reef.
Built For The Kill used graphical representations to show the inner workings of the predatory animals, like inside the mouth of a snake, electricity coming from an Electric Ray, and sound waves used in Echo Location. This made the show one of the unique among the top deadliest animal TV shows, and thus this is enough to bring the audience to this show.
This series from 2018 is based on the evolution that took place in the predators with time. It gives information on how the predators have evolved to hunt and digest their prey over time. The show stars Jeremy Davidson and the Anomalous (2016) actor Henri Douvry as host. It premiered on the National Geographic network on 28th June 2010.
The show tries to take a glace on evolution ranging from the teeth to claws and chemicals and sonic power, helping them adapt to the highly dynamic environment and survive amidst the adversaries over time. This is a story of either killing or being killed. It had 7 seasons in all, concluding in 2019.
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Australia’s Deadliest covers the deadly wildlife of Australia. This single-season show premiered on 30th March 2013 on NatGeo wild and had 5 episodes directed by Lexi Landsman. It stars Sandra Galvin and Cameron Barnes exploring the fatal sharks, beasts in the backyard, Deadly dingo, Lethal Jelly, Killer Kangaroo, and Sea Lion Attacks on humans.
They are predators that can kill in seconds. The show includes dramatic re-enactments of the stories learned from the survivors of deadly animal attacks. These stories are enough to give you goosebumps.
This series is a nature documentary which was the last documentary by host Stephen Robert Irwin who was popularly known as The Crocodile Hunter. He was an Australian conservationist and television personality who died in the great barrier reef while filming for the show. Irwin got stung by a stingray barb and was traumatized. This incident makes you realize the difficulties faced while making such shows.
The show premiered on Animal Planet and Discovery channel on 21st January 2007. Irwin hosted the show with oceanographer Philippe Cousteau Jr. John Stainton directed it, and Grant Dowling was its writer.
The series encounters deadly sea creatures, including stonefish, sea snakes, great white sharks, blue-ringed octopuses, saltwater crocodiles, and Box jellyfish (the world’s deadliest venomous animal). The hosts, along with the research team, have even harvested the venom from these poisonous animals. The filming locations included Australia’s Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef.
River Monsters is a British-American wildlife documentary series released on the Animal Planet on 5th April 2009. Icon films of Bristol (united kingdom) produced this show concluding it on 28th May 2017. It had 9 seasons and 103 episodes in total. The show premiered on ITV in Great Britain.
Jeremy Wade, a renowned angler, and biologist hosted the show. He traveled around the world and, observe some of the most deadly freshwater and saltwater killers. He interviewed the residents to find out clues to their location.
Jeremy also learned the related stories about the animals dragging people into the water. Such investigations and animal catches were carried out, to acquaint people with knowledge of why they attacked. This will help them become responsible for nature. And, this is why he even catches the biggest of the specimens and releases them back into the waters.
If catching the deadliest crabs and fishes interests you, then this show is the perfect destination to look for. One of the top deadliest animal TV shows ever, the Deadliest catch is a USA-based television series that ran for over 18 big seasons with 286 episodes as of September 14, 2021. It premiered on April 12, 2005, for the first time and is still running successfully. Thom Beers created it while Mike Rowe is the narrator of the show. It is broadcasted and produced by Discovery Channel.
The series displays the adventures of fishermen during the fishing season. They catch the Alaskan king crab (also called red king crab or Kamchatka crab) and snow crab (also known as opilio crab or copies) in the Bering Sea. The base of operation is the port of dutch harbor on the Aleutian island, Alaska.
Deadly 60 is a part of a franchise called ‘deadly’, a British documentary meant for children and younger audiences. This 2009 series was first broadcast on the CBCC channel. From August 2011, it was made available to other countries on NatGeo Wild. Stephen James Backshall presented the show, along with Naomi Laura Wilkinson and Barnaby John “Barney” Harwood.
This show aimed to explore the deadly wild animals in different countries and list them in order of the deadliest animals in the world. Backshall has traveled to many countries with his camera crew and co-hoists. These countries include South Africa, Australia, India, United Kingdom, USA, Indonesia, New Zealand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Thailand, and Madagascar. The show had 4 seasons with around 88 episodes. Season four aired in 2020.
So these are the Top 10 deadliest animal TV shows of all time that are worth enjoying once.
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