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The WORST episodes of Nature

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Transport viewers to faraway places ranging from the steamy plains of Africa to the splendors of cold Antarctica. The main focus is on animals and ecosystems around the world.

Last Updated: 6/23/2022Network: PBS
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Chasing Big Cats
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#1 - Chasing Big Cats

Season 23 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/7/2004

The big cats of Africa have always been favored subjects of wildlife filmmakers. But as little as 15 years ago, no one had captured the unforgettable image of a leopard in its ghostly nocturnal stalk. Viewers had never seen intimate portrayals of the sleek and elusive serval, or witnessed the nighttime romps of the beautiful black-eared caracal. The team of Owen Newman and Amanda Barrett filled those gaps with a series of spectacular breakthrough films in the 1990s. Among the first to apply infrared light and night vision goggles to wildlife studies, they combined technology with intrepid determination and a strong dose of luck, illuminating the cats we hardly knew, and giving us fresh insights into those we only thought we knew, such as lions and cheetahs.

Jaguar: Year of the Cat
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#2 - Jaguar: Year of the Cat

Season 14 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/8/1995

"Jaguar: Year of the Cat" follows the predator in its native rain forests of Belize. Included: a pair stalk turtles, peccaries and armadillos; scenes of the habits of their animal neighbors, including toucans and ocelots.

Violent Hawaii
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#3 - Violent Hawaii

Season 23 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/9/2005

“Violent Hawaii” offers a panorama of nature in action, including volcanoes; humpback whales; tsunamis; and big-wave surfers and the lifeguards who rescue them at a beach nicknamed “Jaws.” James Naughton narrates.

Directors: Kevin Bachar
Oceans in Glass: Behind the Scenes of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
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#4 - Oceans in Glass: Behind the Scenes of the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Season 24 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/22/2006

For more than 20 years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has entertained, educated, and fascinated its nearly 2 million annual visitors with pioneering displays of realistic undersea environments. Now NATURE gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s leading centers for marine research and conservation — a marvel of engineering and biology that, literally, captures Oceans in Glass.

Directors: David Elisco
Nature of Australia - Seas Under Capricorn
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#5 - Nature of Australia - Seas Under Capricorn

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/20/1988

Two distinct marine worlds meet in the waters that encircle Australia. In its long voyage into isolation following its breakaway from Gondwana, 45 million years ago, the island continent came to span both tropical and temperate seas. Today its shores are ringed by the most diverse assemblies of marine life on earth. This program recounts the making of this unique Australia down under, from the storm tossed kelp forests of the cool south, to the magic splendours of the Great Barrier Reef. The program begins its story where Australia was born, in the southern latitudes of the Antarctic seas. Antarctica is the last remnant of Gondwana - it froze over after the other continents broke away, but its cool rich waters still generate a wealth of nutrients which, carried by the deep currents, sustain Australia's marine life.

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Nature of Australia - The Making of the Bush
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#6 - Nature of Australia - The Making of the Bush

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/27/1988

A koala up a gumtree is the classic image of the Australian bush. How that odd partnership evolved is one of the strands woven into this episode of Nature Of Australia. The program tells the story of how the island continent's wooded margins came to be dominated by one unique type of tree growing in a great variety of forms - the eucalypt. The nursery for nearly all life in Australia is the rainforest, of which only a few patches remain today - th last remnants of vast, dense forests that covered Australia when it first broke away from the ancestral super-continent of Gondwana, and voyaged north into isolation. From among its proliferation of plants emerged the eucalypts, the characteristic gum trees - and from among the forest animals arose a great and varied company of marsupials, adapting to every kind of environment that evolved in response to Australia's changing, drying climate.

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Nature of Australia - The Sunburnt Country
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#7 - Nature of Australia - The Sunburnt Country

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/4/1988

Australia's arid interior is often called the dead heart. In fact, it teems with life, supported by a hidden network of buried rivers recharged by rare but heavy rains. Australia's arid interior is often called the dead heart. In fact, it teems with life, supported by a hidden network of buried rivers recharged by rare but heavy rains. This episode tells the story of this surprising desert - formed when the climatic change overtook and dried out central Australia. What was once a land of vast lakes and broad rivers turned into a parched region of glittering stone and burning sand, interwoven with swathes of hardy woodland and plains of desert grass. A great variety of plants and animals has adapted to life in the arid centre, with its swings between the brief good condition that follow the unpredictable rains, and then long periods of drought. It's the land of the lizards - from giant goannas that sniff out snakes hiding under the sand, to the tiny, delicate Lake Eyre dragons who've made the desolate saltpans their domain.

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Nature of Australia - Land of Flood and Fire
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#8 - Nature of Australia - Land of Flood and Fire

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/11/1988

Australia's northward drift slowed down when it collided with Asia about 15 million years ago - in the upheavals, chains of islands were thrust up and eventually they became the stepping stones for an invasion that would change the face of Australia. With the arrival of the first humans - at least 50,000 and possibly as long as 120,000 year ago - a new force entered the continent to shape the fortunes of its plants and animals. The first landfall was on the far north coast of Australia, a rich and tropical region ruled by the annual monsoonal rains. This program tells the story of Australia's top end, where the first Aboriginal people arrived, settled, and perfected the use of fire as a means to manage the landscape. The film portrays a year in the life of this spectacular region, and reveals how animals and plants cope with the stresses of life in a place that swings savagely between the drenching floods of the annual wet, and the parched heat of the dry season. It provides a fascinating insight into the way Aborigines used fire to farm their land, and the effects that had on the plant and animal life.

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The Vanishing Lions
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#9 - The Vanishing Lions

Season 24 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/30/2006

Africa's lion population appears to be declining at an alarming rate. NATURE's THE VANISHING LIONS searches for explanations and solutions to the troubling trend. Across Africa, the King of Beasts is in trouble. In the late 20th century, wildlife preserves were created to curtail safari hunting, but the African lion population continues to decline. Their numbers have dwindled from 100,000 in the early 1990s to no more than 30,000 and as few as 16,000 today. What could be endangering the King of Beasts?

Directors: Ingrid Kvale
The Dragon Chronicles
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#10 - The Dragon Chronicles

Season 27 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/11/2009

Follow Rom Whitaker as he journeys around the world, reimagining the lines between fact and fantasy, in search of the fabled dragons' contemporary counterparts.

Directors: Ben Roy
Eagles of Mull
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#11 - Eagles of Mull

Season 27 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/3/2009

Returning home to the Isle of Mull after 15 years abroad, Gordon Buchanan was happy for the chance to take a new look at his native land, through his camera lens.

Directors: Mike Birkhead
Silent Roar: Searching for the Snow Leopard
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#12 - Silent Roar: Searching for the Snow Leopard

Season 23 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/16/2005

Most big cats do their best to remain hidden from human eyes, but none are quite as adept at this as the snow leopard. These cats lead largely solitary lives, populating the Himalayas at altitudes that offer only about half the oxygen to which humans are accustomed. So when wildlife filmmakers Hugh Miles and Mitchell Kelly set out to film this animal they knew they were in for a challenge.

Arctic Bears
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#13 - Arctic Bears

Season 26 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/17/2008

An examination of what the future may hold for polar bears, which evolved from grizzlies during the last ice age, due to the dramatic changes in their Arctic habitat. The documentary also details how grizzlies are expanding their territory northward, encroaching upon the polar bears' domain. Included: a polar bear giving birth; grizzly and polar-bear mothers teaching their cubs to hunt.

Directors: Mark Fletcher
Rhinoceros
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#14 - Rhinoceros

Season 25 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/28/2007

With NATURE’S Rhinoceros, wildlife filmmaker Nigel Marven brings you face-to-face with the world’s five species of rhino, each struggling, with varying degrees of success, for their continued survival. For some rhinos, the future may rely on breeding programs, such as at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, where Sumatran rhinoceros Emi is now nearing the end of her third successful pregnancy, having already given birth to Andalas and Suci, the only two Sumatran rhinos ever to be born in captivity.

Killers in Eden
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#15 - Killers in Eden

Season 24 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/6/2005

On the southeast coast of Australia, the town of Eden nestles along the shores of Twofold Bay. It was once a center of Australia’s thriving whaling industry, in part because it lies along the migration path of baleen whales swimming northward from the Antarctic. But residents say Eden’s whalers got some unusual help — from orcas, or killer whales, that patrolled offshore.

Directors: Klaus Toft
Can Animals Predict Disaster?
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#16 - Can Animals Predict Disaster?

Season 24 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/13/2005

In interviews with scientists and eyewitnesses, NATURE probes the evidence that some animals may have senses that allow them to predict impending natural disasters long before we can.

Directors: Jeff Swimmer
Katrina's Animal Rescue
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#17 - Katrina's Animal Rescue

Season 24 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/20/2005

Rescue missions to save animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Included: a dog that spent days on a rooftop is saved; four dolphins that were washed out to sea from the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Miss., are rescued by a NOAA crew. Also: the evacuation of 19 penguins, two sea otters, a sea turtle and sea dragons from the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.

Directors: Kim Woodward
True Adventures of the Ultimate Spider Hunter
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#18 - True Adventures of the Ultimate Spider Hunter

Season 24 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/12/2006

Join spider expert Martin Nicholas, a mild-mannered water treatment engineer by day, as he tours the world in search of some of the most amazing arachnids.

Underdogs
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#19 - Underdogs

Season 24 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/29/2006

Underdogs tells the poignant story of two misfit dogs whose lives were turned around by people who saw their potential for greatness.

Directors: Karen Walsh
Animals Behaving Worse
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#20 - Animals Behaving Worse

Season 24 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/19/2006

"Animals Behaving Worse," the sequel to "Animals Behaving Badly," explores the clever and often amusing ways in which animals must behave in order to survive the increasing presence of humans.

Directors: James Donald
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Murder in the Troop
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#21 - Murder in the Troop

Season 24 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/2/2006

A troop of chacma baboons in Zimbabwe is taken over by and forced to adjust to a new male "king." A pair of twins, along with every other young baboon in the troop, is in danger because the king must kill the females' offspring before he can mate with them.

Crime Scene Creatures
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#22 - Crime Scene Creatures

Season 24 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/7/2006

They are among the most reliable witnesses to a crime — expert in their testimony and bulletproof in their account. Yet they never utter a single word. They are the animals, plants, and insects that are being recruited by a special breed of forensic scientists to solve the most seemingly impenetrable of crimes.

Directors: Nigel Marven
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Kalahari: The Flooded Desert
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#23 - Kalahari: The Flooded Desert

Season 22 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/3/2003

Detailing the ecosystem of the Kalahari Desert as the Okavango River overflows, transforming a saltpan in to an oasis. Included: fish eagles in aerial combat for airspace over best fishing areas; the sitatunga antelope with ski-like hoofs. Christopher Plummer narrates.

Directors: Tim Liversedge
Kalahari: The Great Thirstland
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#24 - Kalahari: The Great Thirstland

Season 22 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/2/2003

Animal life in the Kalahari Desert, where rainy and dry seasons direct the inhabitants, including zebras; wildebeests; elephants; finches; bullfrogs; and flamingos, whose chicks must walk nearly 100 miles when fertile feeding areas dry up. Christopher Plummer narrates.

Directors: Tim Liversedge
Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean
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#25 - Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean

Season 23 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/30/2005

“Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean” explores the country's diverse animal life, much of it found nowhere else. Included: the Cuban crocodile, which can leap as high as seven feet.

Directors: Paul Reddish