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The Best Episodes of Planet Earth

Every episode of Planet Earth ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Planet Earth!

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

Network:BBC One

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The best episode of "Planet Earth" is "From Pole to Pole", rated 9/10 from 4207 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by David Attenborough, Alastair Fothergill, Gary Parker. "From Pole to Pole" aired on 3/5/2006 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Ice Worlds".

  • From Pole to Pole
    9.0/10 4,207 votes

    #1 - From Pole to Pole

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-03-05

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Attenborough, Alastair Fothergill, Gary Parker

  • Ice Worlds
    8.9/10 3,033 votes

    #2 - Ice Worlds

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 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.

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: N/A

  • Jungles
    8.9/10 2,939 votes

    #3 - Jungles

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 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.

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: N/A

  • Ocean Deep
    8.9/10 2,789 votes

    #4 - Ocean Deep

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-12-10

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

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: Gary Parker

  • Mountains
    8.8/10 3,630 votes

    #5 - Mountains

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2006-03-12

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

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: Vanessa Berlowitz, David Attenborough, Gary Parker

  • Fresh Water
    8.8/10 3,338 votes

    #6 - Fresh Water

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 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.

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: David Attenborough

  • Caves
    8.8/10 3,235 votes

    #7 - Caves

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 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.

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: David Attenborough

  • Shallow Seas
    8.8/10 2,812 votes

    #8 - Shallow Seas

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-11-26

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

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: N/A

  • Seasonal Forests
    8.8/10 2,710 votes

    #9 - Seasonal Forests

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 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.

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: N/A

  • Deserts
    8.6/10 3,088 votes

    #10 - Deserts

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 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.

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: David Attenborough

  • Great Plains
    8.6/10 2,856 votes

    #11 - Great Plains

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 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.

    Director: Alastair Fothergill

    Writer: N/A