Series / Planet Earth

Planet Earth is a Nature Documentary series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Presented by David Attenborough, this documentary aims to capture the many habitats and biomes of life on Earth, showing off diverse phylums of animals, plants, and fungi and even rare species never before captured on camera. It was the first documentary by the BBC that was filmed (nearly) entirely in High Definition.

Presented in 2006, the series has been critically acclaimed and is currently one of the top five highest rated television series on the IMDB. A sequel series, Planet Earth II, aired in 2016.

This series contains the following tropes:

  • Anthology: The series format follows several animals in different location based on the episode theme. This format has already used before and reused again in following BBC blue chip documentary
  • Bears are Bad News
    • Grizzly bear appear in the river episode, hunting on salmon alongside other predators.
    • Subverted with the polar bear from episode 6. While its still a dangerous predator, the walrus herd is just way more powerful and the bear is weak due to starvation.
  • Mood Whiplash: A particularly jarring one in the Ice Worlds episode, where we go from a heartfelt and touching scene of newly-hatched baby penguins interacting with their new world to a scene of a large group of baby penguins lost in a blizzard.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Ducklings jumping out of a tree in slo-mo with dramatic music in Seasonal Forests.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile:
    • The nile crocodile and the caiman make an appearance in the series.
    • The mugger crocodile tries to play this trope, but the otters it tries to attack prove to more powerful than they look.
  • Panthera Awesome: From the infamous lion and tiger, to the rare Amur leopard and snow leopard. The snow leopard in particular is harder to film than any other creatures in the series.
  • Predators Are Mean: Averted, while sometime they act as an antagonist to the focus animal, they are shown as merely trying to survive. They also being portrayed sympathetically when they are the focus animal.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Too many to count!
  • Scenery Porn: Oh, SO much.
  • The Determinator:
    • The wolf that chases a young caribou in the premiere. The two just won't give up. Until the caribou finally running out of stamina...
    • From episode 6, a starving polar bear attacks a group of walrus despite being outmatched and too weak. It doesn't end well.
    • From Planet Earth II, the marine Iguana hatchling running away from the racer snakes. Not even getting rushed by dozens of the things stop it from running.
  • The World Is Just Awesome
  • Threatening Shark: The great white shark makes an appearance in the premiere and latter in the Shallow Seas episode. Other species of sharks also appear in the final episode.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In Planet Earth 2 snakes chasing newly-hatched Iguanas was worthy of any horror movie.
  • Zerg Rush: The African painted dog, lions, dolphins, sea birds and the carnivorous fish from the Amazon river, use this tactic to kill their prey.
    • The sea snakes from the Shallow Seas episode also use this tactic and work together with a group of predatory fish.
    • Racer snakes trying to catch marine iguana hatchlings. It's not a coordinated effort, but because food is so scare on such small islands the snakes will do anything to get one meal.