10 Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix

A sick babe (for yet the second time in a month - thanks again daycare) means plenty of cuddle time on the couch.

And what better way to spend the afternoon on the couch than with a good show to watch?

10 Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix

There's no denying my love of animals and the outdoors. It is our hope that one day this love of Mother Nature that my husband and I share will also be passed down to our daughter.

I strongly believe that in order to protect something, you must love it. But in order to love something, you must first have a connection with it. However, it is not every day that a person can explore a vast rainforest, dive the largest coral reef or even hike the tallest mountain to build that connection. 

So if you can't go to the outdoors, how are you supposed to connect with it? The answer is, to bring the outdoors to you!

For those that love science and nature (like this nature nerd), or just want to sharpen your mind and learn a little more about the planet we call home, check out the 10 best Netflix nature documentaries.

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Planet Earth 
Year released: 2006
Number of episodes: 11
Length: 47-49 minutes

While this list is in no particular order, if it were, BBC Earth's Planet Earth would definitely be on top. This may be the best nature documentary of all time, not just on Netflix. 

Five years in the making, the BBC's Planet Earth was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC and also the first to be filmed in high definition. Narrated by the iconic David Attenborough, each episode features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth

Exciting news! In 2016, the BBC announced a six-part sequel had been commissioned, titled Planet Earth II, the first television series produced by the BBC in Ultra-high-definition (4K). David Attenborough has returned as narrator and presenter.

The Blue Planet
Year released: 2001
Number of episodes: 8
Length: 48 minutes

The Blue Planet is yet another amazing nature documentary series created and produced by BBC Earth. It premiered in September 2001 and is again narrated by David Attenborough. Described as "the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world's oceans", each of the eight 50-minute episodes examines a different aspect of marine life. The underwater photography included creatures and behaviour that had previously never been filmed.

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Frozen Planet 
Year released: 2011
Number of episodes: 6
Length: 48 minutes

In BBC Earth's Frozen Planet, David Attenborough travels to the end of the earth, taking viewers on an extraordinary journey across the polar regions of our planet, focusing on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic. This seven-part series was created as a comprehensive record of the natural history of the polar regions because climate change is affecting landforms such as glaciers, ice shelves, and the extent of sea ice. 

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Nature's Great Events
Year released: 2009
Number of episodes: 6
Length: 49 minutes

This BBC Earth nature documentary series looks at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet, showing how life responds to natural events which can dramatically transform entire landscapes.

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Human Planet 
Year released: 2011
Number of episodes: 8
Length: 48-49 minutes

In a bit of a different take on a nature document, BBC Earth's Human Planet explores the relationships between humans and their natural surroundings by showing the remarkable ways humans have adapted to life in every environment on Earth.

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Growing Up Wild 
Year released: 2016
Number of episodes: 1
Length: 77 minutes

Disney's Growing Up Wild takes audiences to the wildest corners of the planet to tell the tales of five courageous animals as they tackle the very first challenges of their young lives. Featuring the stunning imagery and iconic storytelling that makes Disneynature's big-screen adventures an inspiring movie-going experience, this nature documentary brings home a special look at how similar and different these young lives can be.

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Tales by Light
Year released: 2015
Number of episodes: 6
Length: 23-24 minutes

Tales by Light is a Netflix Original documentary that follows renowned photographers as they travel the world, capturing extraordinary images that present nature and culture in a new light. View the trailer here

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Into the Drink
Year released: 2013
Number of episodes: 13
Length: 21 minutes

This documentary series follows Aaron Faulls, an American television personality, filmmaker, musician and marine conservationist. Into the Drink is a travel documentary-style series based on Faull's background as an underwater filmmaker and journalist.

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Changing Seas
Year released: 2009
Number of episodes: 4
Length: 26 minutes

Changing Seas is documentary series that takes viewers on an exciting adventure to the heart of our liquid planet. This documentary series lets viewers experience first-hand how oceanographers and other experts study earth’s last frontier, and it sheds light on how human activities are threatening ocean resources.

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Wild Ones
Year released: 2014
Number of episodes: 13
Length: 25-26 minutes

This wildlife series syncs with nature to explore the rhythms and habits of the strongest, fastest, cutest and most dangerous animals on the planet.

10 Best Nature Documentaries on Netflix

And while I would much rather be connecting with nature outdoors with my family, sometimes the indoor calls. So until this nasty bug goes away, you know where you can find us - sitting on the couch, cuddled up in our robes, watching the best of Netflix's nature docs and connecting with Mother Nature.

*Please note, we are watching these documentaries on Netflix Canada. Listings may vary by country.


Do you watch Netflix? What are your favourite shows or documentaries? I'd love to hear!