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David Attenborough’s best nature documentaries, according to fans

Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries on our planet have been instrumental in raising awareness of climate change.

To celebrate him being named ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP), ( sought to reveal his best nature documentaries according to fans on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.


The Results:

Rank Documentary (year) Average IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes rating (out of 10)
1 Seven Worlds, One Planet (2019) 9.65
2 Planet Earth II (2016) 9.6
3 Planet Earth (2006) 9.45
4 David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) 9.4
5 Our Planet (2019) 9.3
=6 The Green Planet (2022) 9.2
=6 The Hunt (2015) 9.2
=6 Africa (2013) 9.2
7 Dynasties (2018 – 2020) 9.15
=8 Dinosaurs – the Final Day with David Attenborough (2022) 9.1
=8 Life (2009) 9.1
=8 Life on Earth (1979) 9.1
9 Blue Planet II (2017) 9.05
=10 The Blue Planet (2001) 9.0
=10 A Perfect Planet (2021) 9.0

For the full data of all 20 documentaries analysed, please follow this link.

Seven Worlds, One Planet (2019) is the best David Attenborough documentary according to fans, with an impressive average rating of 9.65 out of a possible 10. Delving into the extraordinary wildlife of our planet’s seven continents, its beauty explains the high rating.

The follow up to the iconic Planet Earth documentary, Planet Earth II (2016) earns second place. With ten years to wait for a sequel, it appears fans were satisfied with an average overall rating of 9.6 out of 10.

Planet Earth II’s predecessor, the original Planet Earth (2006), claims third place with an average overall rating of 9.45 out of 10. Many argue it is one of Sir David’s best programmes, and the ratings reflect that.

In joint tenth place are a veteran and newbie on the block. 2001’s The Blue Planet and last year’s A Perfect Planet both score a still impressive 9 out of 10, according to viewers.



  1. utilised IMDb’s list of most popular documentaries involving David Attenborough to generate a seed list of top 20 documentaries for analysis.
  2. They noted the average IMDb rating of each documentary in the seed list.
    1. Any documentary with fewer than 100 votes was removed from analysis for accuracy.
  3. They then did the same on Rotten Tomatoes and noted the average audience rating.
    1. Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes are recorded as percentages, so these were converted to a number out of ten before being recorded.
  4. Using both rating scores, an overall average rating was then calculated for each documentary and displayed out of ten.
  5. Finally, the documentaries were ranked by average rating, from highest to lowest, to reveal our favourites of all time.
  6. Data was obtained on 21/04/22 and is accurate as of then.

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