The BEST Episodes of River Monsters
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021
Network: Animal Planet
Extreme angler, Jeremy Wade, is on the hunt for freshwater fish with a taste for human flesh. This rip-roaring ride through the dark side of nature mixes action and adventure with mysteries, edge of the seat chase and a battle of wills between man and almost supernatural beasts who lurk in the serpentine waterways of the planet, mooching murderously underwater, growing to truly awesome sizes. Watch as Jeremy Wade deconstructs exactly how these river monsters are constructed to kill.
#1 - Deadly Superstitions
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 28, 2016
Wade revisits some of his previous adventures and investigates the spiritual and mythological events behind them.
#2 - Secrets at Sea
Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 2, 2016
Extreme angler Jeremy Wade heads into new territory - the open ocean. Go behind the scenes as Jeremy and his crew face stormy seas, deep-water dives, dangerous creatures and extreme hardship as they in this special episode looks back on the production of an entire season at sea.
#3 - Killer Discoveries
Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired May 19, 2016
In this special edition of River Monsters, Jeremy looks back at the scientific collaborations that have had the most impact on him and reveals new data from the teams he worked with.
#4 - Into the Ocean
Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 7, 2016
In this special episode, Jeremy charts THE JOURNEY that has taken him from freshwater rivers into the heart of the big blue and revisits the extraordinary and deadly monsters he has encountered along the way.
#5 - Invisible Executioner
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 15, 2012
It's common knowledge that crocodiles and hippos are deadly predators in Zambian waterways, but it seems there's another monstrous beast stalking the treacherous Zambezi River. The locals call this river monster "the Mazunda" but Jeremy Wade is unfamiliar with any fish by that name. Will he uncover what the sinister creature — said to be able to swallow a child — really is?
#6 - Lair of Giants
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired May 28, 2012
The season four finale episode is a two-hour look into one of the most challenging expeditions of Jeremy Wade's life. He'll travel to the isolated and untouched jungles of Guyana, South America, where early explorers wrote about a river system filled with mysterious giants. Armed with only old journals and his rod, Wade embarks on an epic journey where he'll tackle the Essequibo — South America's third largest and least known river. He immerses himself in the culture of the Macushi Indians and must earn the trust of these native people in order to gather their knowledge and hear their stories. Once again he'll set out to separate fact from fiction. Are there terrifying ancient monsters still alive in this region's hostile waters?
#7 - Man-Eating Monster
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired May 4, 2014
All over the Amazon, Jeremy Wade has heard stories of a monster fish that grows so large, it’s said to swallow men whole. Locals call it the lau-lau but after 20 years of searching, from Peru to Brazil and Colombia, the evidence Jeremy needs - a single colossal specimen - stills eludes him. Now though, he’s discovered a secret, untouched location deep in Guyana’s remote rainforests where he suspects they may be thriving. Embedding himself in the wild jungle, this time it’s different: he’s not coming back until he catches it.
#8 - Killer Torpedo
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 21, 2013
Angler Jeremy Wade ventures deep into the heart of Central America in search of a man-sized killer said to leap into boats and cause fatal injuries as it knocks fishermen unconscious and smashes their bones.
#9 - River of Blood
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 20, 2014
A brutal underwater mutilation of a young man leads Wade to a face-to-face confrontation with one of South America’s greatest freshwater fighting fish that slashes and stalks its prey while living in one of Argentina’s most dangerous waterways.
#10 - Phantom Assassin
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired May 20, 2012
Jeremy Wade returns to Australia's croc-infested Fitzroy River for one of his toughest quests yet — to catch one of the world's rarest fish. This shark is so elusive it was only discovered ten years ago, and so rare only a handful of people have ever seen it. Almost nothing is known about this endangered beast. Could it be a man-eater? The expedition turns Wade's knowledge of freshwater killers upside down as these animals seem to break all the rules.
#11 - Pack of Teeth
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 8, 2012
In Southern Africa there are rumors of a terrifying river monster lurking in the eerie waters of the Okavango Delta. Witnesses say the fish have shark-like teeth and hunt in frenzied packs on schools of fish — and maybe even on human bodies. It sounds mysteriously like the work of giant piranhas, but there's nothing like that here. Or is there? Jeremy Wade sets out to uncover the truth.
#12 - American Killers
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 1, 2012
In the suspense-filled two-hour premiere, Jeremy Wade treks across the United States in search of deadly river monsters living in the nation's waterways. Wade ventures from the popular Indian River Lagoon in Florida where unsuspecting water enthusiasts are faced with what could become a modern day Jaws, to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, where underwater hunters have reached man-eating proportions.
#13 - Cold-Blooded Horror
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 22, 2011
Having never been to Japan, Jeremy Wade is entering new territory in more ways than one. The river monsters there are like no others he ever has encountered, from the devastating "Namazu," which legend says causes earthquakes, to a child-snatching killer called the "Kappa." Can our extreme fisherman uncover the truth behind these legends? Can he catch a monster in the rivers of Japan that reveals the reality behind these horrific tales? He is about to find out.
#14 - Face Ripper
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 7, 2013
Angler Jeremy Wade investigates his most disturbing case yet - the story of a man who had his face ripped off in a remote Bolivian river. The journey through dangerous jungle ends with a confrontation with one of his oldest adversaries.
#15 - Body Snatcher
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 26, 2014
From the extreme north of South America, freshwater detective Jeremy Wade hears rumors of a body-snatching spirit said to drag men deep into the river, never to be seen again. A predatory freshwater mermaid, locals call her the Water Mama. She may be a beast of mythology, but the carnage she leaves in her wake is all too real. People are disappearing without trace, one-by-one from these waters and Jeremy is convinced there is a flesh and blood River Monster lurking behind the legend of the Killer Mermaids.
#16 - Amazon Apocalypse
Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 6, 2014
Looks back at one of the Amazon’s largest maritime disasters, the sinking of the Sobra Santos. Witnesses and surviving passengers retell the story of the event, in which as many as 200 passengers lost their lives. Something in the water is being blamed for many of the deaths, and Jeremy Wade wants to find out what that might have been
#17 - The Mutilator
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 10, 2011
Jeremy Wade travels to Papua New Guinea to investigate a spate of bizarre deaths on one of the world's last great unexplored rivers, the Sepik. A creature there is tearing chunks from unsuspecting fishermen and devouring certain male body parts. Jeremy has never fished in this part of the world and knows little of what might be there. Nothing could prepare him for what he discovers.
#18 - Chainsaw Predator
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired May 1, 2011
Jeremy Wade heads to a remote river in the Australian Outback to try and catch the rare but fearsome freshwater sawfish. This shadowy predator is reputed to reach 18 feet long and attacks boats — but does the fact that it could slash Jeremy to shreds make it a killer? And why is this bizarre-looking sea monster swimming hundreds of miles inland?
#19 - Invisible Killers
Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired May 11, 2016
Jeremy Wade has hunted down freshwater killers for 30 years, but those waters are infested with darker, deadlier creatures - parasites.
#20 - Asian Slayer
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 22, 2012
When Jeremy Wade travels to India's Himalayas to investigate grisly river attacks, he is surprised to learn that the suspected culprit is a sacred animal. Does he heed warnings from the local people that he'll be cursed for life if he touches the creature, or will he pursue his need to solve the mystery?
#21 - Vampires of the Deep
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired May 12, 2013
On the Canadian-U.S. border lies a vast and brooding lake that hides a dark history. For Native Americans, it’s an ancient and sacred site home to underwater spirits. But recently, something has risen from the murky depths to attack swimmers and stories abound of a nightmarish invasion of primordial bloodsuckers. In a journey that will take him to the heart of a thundering waterfall in the Pacific Northwest, extreme angler Jeremy Wade embarks on a punishing mission to battle the most ancient river monster he’s ever encountered, and reveal the true identity of the Vampires of the Deep.
#22 - Silent Assassin
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 24, 2011
Jeremy Wade travels to the Paraná River in the remote northeast corner of Argentina to investigate the death of a young girl. Once there, he discovers a second death. The people who live along this river bank fear the creature they call "River Dog." This is a new species to Jeremy, a river monster that somehow got under his radar. His discovery is not only the most alien of all river monsters, it is also the largest totally freshwater river monster Jeremy ever has caught!
#23 - Return of the Killer Catfish
Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired May 15, 2017
Jeremy Wade investigates a case in Nepal that sounds strangely familiar - a lone fisherman dragged off his feet and into a mountain river by an unseen creature. Could the original river monster, the goonch catfish, be back from the brink?
#24 - Coral Reef Killer
Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired May 8, 2017
On the tropical island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, a tourist snorkeler and several local fishermen have been killed and injured by a mysterious sea creature that impales its victims; Wade travels to the scene to investigate.
#25 - Colombian Slasher
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired May 5, 2013
A honeymoon bride is dragged to her death in the Colombian Amazon. The most dangerous country in South America, Colombia is known for drugs, remote jungles and hostage-taking rebels. Jeremy Wade’s investigation is turned on its head by a crucial piece of evidence. He concocts a farfetched hypothesis about the bride’s death and in proving it he uncovers a little known method of killing which reveals the true horror of this tragic story. To complete the puzzle Wade pushes himself and his gear past the breaking point to understand what killed the bride in Colombia’s Rivers of Blood.