Already Watched Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’? Now Stream These Other David Attenborough Documentaries
Netflix’s newest nature documentary series is not for the faint of heart. Sure, Our Planet offers the kind of awe-inspiring looks at the icy landscape of Antarctica or the Brazilian rainforest you expect from a nature doc. But you’ll also get a disturbing look at the way human activity is destroying these natural wonders.
In one of the most talked about moments from the eight-episode series, walruses, who’ve been forced into less and less space because of shrinking sea ice, climb to the top of a cliff in order to escape from overcrowding. Then, they plunge to their deaths. It’s a troubling scene, but that’s intentional. The series doesn’t just want to inspire wonder, but also create a sense of urgency about protecting the planet’s wild places and things.
The entire series is narrated by David Attenborough, whose rich voice has provided the commentary for dozens of films and TV episodes over his seven-decade career. If you want to dive deeper into Attenborough’s work, check out these documentaries, which are streaming now on Netflix.
David Attenborough documentaries on Netflix
Netflix has a wide selection of Attenborough documentaries available to stream. Here are some of the highlights.
Planet Earth and Planet Earth II: The widely praised Planet Earth series blew people’s minds when it first aired on the BBC in 2006. It’s gone on to become one of the most-watched nature programs in history. The sequel, Planet Earth II, came out in 2016.
The Blue Planet and Blue Planet II: Attenborough narrates these two BBC documentary series, from 2001 and 2017, that explore life in the world’s oceans
The Hunt: An eight-episode series from 2015 that looks at the relationship between predators and prey.
Life Story: Follow animals such as meerkats and chimpanzees from birth to adulthood in this six-part series.
Africa: A five-part series looks at the diversity of wildlife in Africa, from the Sahara desert to the Cape at the continent’s southern end.
Frozen Planet: Learn about life in the Arctic and the Antarctic in this six-episode series from 2011.
Life: Attenborough narrates this 10-episode series. Different installments look at how different groups of living things, including reptiles, fish, primates, and plants, survive.
Nature’s Great Events: Witness some of the most impressive natural events from around the world, including the great salmon run in Alaska and the Serengeti’s great migration.
Elephants: Spy in the Herd: Spy cams provide a unique glimpse into elephant behavior in this 49-minute documentary. You can also stream Lions: Spy in the Den, Bears: Spy in the Woods, Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest, and Tiger: Spy in the Jungle.
Other Attenborough documentaries on Netflix include Nature: Raising the Dinosaur Giant and Animal House.
Will David Attenborough narrate Planet Earth III
In February, BBC America announced that Frozen Planet II would air in 2021, followed by Planet Earth III in 2022. But it’s not clear if Attenborough — who is 92 years old — will provide the voice for those sequels. A narrator for those films hasn’t been announced, and the Guardian reported that while Attenborough is open to returning to the BBC, he also wants to take advantage of Netflix’s large global audience. However, he will narrate the upcoming One Planet: Seven Worlds for BBC America.
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