The Worst Episodes of Planet Earth: When Nature Goes Rogue

As a self-proclaimed nature lover and avid fan of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth, I have spent countless hours marveling at the stunning cinematography and fascinating creatures that inhabit our planet. However, even the best of shows can have their missteps. In this listicle, we’re taking a closer look at the worst episodes of Planet Earth. Yes, you read that right – the episodes that missed the mark and left us scratching our heads. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and let’s dive into the episodes that even the most die-hard fans of the show might want to skip.
Seasonal Forests

Seasonal Forests

Season 1 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2006-12-03

Trees are Earth’s largest organisms and are also one of the planet’s oldest inhabitants. Seasonal forests (unlike tropical rain-forest) are the largest land habitats. A third of all trees grow in the endless taiga of the Arctic north. Northern America has forests that include California’s sequoias, the Earth’s largest trees. There and elsewhere, their vast production of photosynthesis and shade presides over a seasonal cycle of life and involves countless plant and animal species.

Mountains

Mountains

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2006-03-12

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

Deserts

Deserts

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2006-04-02

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.

Great Plains

Great Plains

Season 1 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2006-11-12

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.

Caves

Caves

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2006-03-26

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.

Ice Worlds

Ice Worlds

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2006-11-05

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

Ocean Deep

Ocean Deep

Season 1 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2006-12-10

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

Freshwater

Freshwater

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2006-03-19

Although merely 3% of water on earth, fresh water plays an important part in the planet’s weather and erosion. It is immensely important for all non-marine wildlife, which drinks fresh water and swims, procreates, hunts in it. Its concentrations, such as rivers, lakes and swamps, abound in aquatic and other species, often adapted to ‘wet’ life.

Jungles

Jungles

Season 1 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2006-11-19

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.

Shallow Seas

Shallow Seas

Season 1 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2006-11-26

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

From Pole to Pole

From Pole to Pole

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2006-03-05

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