Planet Earth

2006 - 2016

17 episodes in 2 seasons

9.4 with 158.3K votes

David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries.

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    9.4 with 158.3K votes

Planet Earth


The last episode was Episode 6 (2x6)


Premiered on BBC One on March 5th, 2006

David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries.

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  • 0x12 Extremes

    Highlights the extreme conditions endured by those filiming "Planet Earth." From the Blu-Ray series.

  • 0x13 Technology

    Describes technology used to film Planet Earth including specialized airplanes and night vision cameras. From the Blu-Ray version.

  • 0x14 Danger

    Highlights the dangerous situations the filmers of "Planet Earth' experienced while making this series. From the Blu-Ray series.

  • Highlights the extreme care the film crews had to take while filming "Planet Earth." Also shows how sometimes care was not enough--luck was also key. From the Blu-Ray series.

  • 0x18 Saving Species
    aired on November 26, 2006

    Saving Species asks if there really is an extinction crisis facing certain species. Alastair Fothergill, executive producer of Planet Earth, admits that making the series was a bittersweet experience since some creatures were filmed with the knowledge that their continued existence is under threat.

  • 0x19 Into the Wilderness
    aired on December 3, 2006

    The second part looks at man's potential effect on the world's areas of wilderness. As the human population has grown, only a quarter of Earth's land now remains uninhabited (aside from Antarctica). Although around 12% is protected, this may not be enough — providing such places are not just 'enclosures' and bordering territories are also managed. Ethiopia's Semien Mountains are increasingly encroached upon for farming land, and this example leads to the question of overpopulation. Some interviewees argue that it is not just about numbers: how humans consume their natural resources is also important.

  • 0x20 Living Together
    aired on December 10, 2006

    The last episode deals with the future of conservation. It begins by looking at previous efforts. The 'Save The Whales' campaign, which started in the 1960s, is seen to have had a limited effect, as whaling continues and fish stocks also decline. In the 1990s, as head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Richard Leakey took on the poachers by employing armed units. Although it was successful in saving elephants, the policy was detrimental to the Maasai people, who were forced from their land. The need for "fortress" areas is questioned, and the recently highlighted Raja Ampat coral reef in Indonesia is an example.

  • 0x21 Snow Leopard: Beyond the Myth
    aired on January 4, 2008

    Originally aired under BBC Natural World Collection. The BBC Natural History Unit explores a secret cave deep in the mountains of Pakistan where generations of snow leopards return each year to raise their young.

  • The freshwater pools that dot Mexico's Yucatan peninsula were believed by the Mayans to be portals to the underworld. For the first time ever, the BBC Natural History Unit explores this incredible, labyrinthine system of underground rivers.

  • Follow the struggle for survival of two female elephants trying to raise their young in one of the harshest climates on Earth.

  • 0x24 Desert Lions
    aired on May 30, 2007

    Originally aired under BBC Natural World Collection. Many years ago lions thrived in the deserts of Namibia's Skeleton Coast, until they were exterminated by man. Six years ago maverick biologist Flip Stander discovered a tiny remnant population alive and well in nearby mountains, and started to study them. Their numbers have grown and they are now returning to the desert in increasing numbers. But if these lions are to continue roaming here, Flip will have to persuade local people that these lions are worth more alive than dead.

  • The Planet Earth team reveal their most memorable moments from the making of the series. We'll discover their high points, and their not so high points. And they'll tell us which sequences they consider to be their great Planet Earth moments. From the

  • 0x26 The Making Of The Series
    aired on January 7, 2007

  • 0x27 Episode 27
    aired on January 1, 2017

  • 0x28 Episode 28
    aired on January 8, 2017

  • 0x29 Episode 29
    aired on January 15, 2017

  • 0x30 Episode 30
    aired on January 22, 2017

  • 0x31 Episode 31
    aired on January 29, 2017

  • 0x32 Episode 32
    aired on February 5, 2017

  • 0x33 Interview with Alastair Fothergill
    aired on February 12, 2017


  • 1x1 From Pole to Pole
    aired on March 5, 2006

    A global tour examining the behaviors of animals and revealing the effects of climate change on their environments.

  • 1x2 Mountains
    aired on March 12, 2006

    An exploration of the world's major mountain ranges and the habitats they create.

  • 1x3 Freshwater
    aired on March 19, 2006

    Fresh water makes up only three percent of the world's available water, yet it is necessary for all land animals to survive. An exploration of rivers, and lakes and of the animals that benefit from their presence.

  • 1x4 Caves
    aired on March 26, 2006

    Although often overlooked, caves are remarkable habitats with bizarre wildlife. Explore the structures created inside the earth as well as the adaptations animals have made to thrive in these environments.

  • 1x5 Deserts
    aired on April 1, 2006

    Despite the lack of rain, deserts are the most varied of our ecosystems. In fact, about thirty percent of the earth's land surface is covered in desert. Explore the unique conditions present in deserts as well as the survival mechanisms developed by the animals that inhabit them

  • 1x6 Ice Worlds
    aired on November 5, 2006

    Experience life in the most hostile corners of the planet by exploring the terrain, seasons, and animals of the Arctic and Antarctic.

  • 1x7 Great Plains
    aired on November 12, 2006

    This episode deals with savanna, steppe, tundra, prairie, and looks at the importance and resilience of grasses in such treeless ecosystems. Their vast expanses contain the largest concentration of animal life. Over Africa's savanna, a swarm of 1.5 billion red-billed queleas are caught on camera, the largest flock of birds ever depicted.

  • 1x8 Jungles
    aired on November 19, 2006

    Jungles cover roughly three percent of our planet yet contain fifty percent of the world's species. Experience the countless flora and fauna that inhabit these unique areas.

  • 1x9 Shallow Seas
    aired on November 26, 2006

    A look at the shallow seas of the earth, from coral reefs to kelp forests and beyond.

  • 1x10 Seasonal Forests
    aired on December 3, 2006

    A look at the plants and animals that call Earth's deciduous forests home.

  • 1x11 Ocean Deep
    aired on December 10, 2006

    An exploration of the deepest, darkest realms of the ocean, spanning countless species to a depth of 2,000 meters


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