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18 Best National Geographic Shows on Disney Plus

Disney Plus is packed with tons of documentaries, movies, and shows for your streaming entertainment.

The content comes from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, and National Geographic.

That’s right! There’s no need to subscribe to cable just to get the Nat Geo Wild or National Geographic channel, anymore.

You can get much of the same great National Geographic content right on Disney+!

Let’s take a look at the best National Geographic shows on Disney Plus that you can stream today.

Brain Games

Photo of a group of adults playing a game with a giant inflatable hamster wheel like ball on the Nat Geo show, Brain Games.
Soren Nielsen / National Geographic

This interactive show feels like part game show, part science experiment, and part comedy special.

Host Jason Silva takes viewers through a series of challenges designed to test brainpower and reveal how your mind works.

While the original series was cut short, a spin off was created for Disney+ that takes the show on the road, Brain Games: On the Road.

Cosmos: Possible Worlds

Promotional photo of Neil Degrasse Tyson.
Cosmos Studios

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson guides viewers as we discover new worlds and explore our own planet from a fresh perspective in Cosmos: Possible Worlds.

This thrilling science-fiction adventure explores humanity’s relationship with nature and technology, taking us through time and space on an epic journey like no other.

Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet

Photo of wildlife veterinarian Dr. Michelle Oakley examining a sedated bison.
Amber Seyler / National Geographic

Dr. Michelle Oakley is the star of National Geographic’s Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet.

In this show, viewers get to see her daily adventures as a veterinarian in remote regions of Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Each episode showcases Dr. Oakley’s medical expertise and ability to care for a variety of animals in some pretty challenging environments.

My favorite part of this show is that the remote location brings some unique animals to the screen, such as Arctic fox, beluga whales, grizzly bears, and musk oxen.

Edge of the Unknown with Jimmy Chin

Portrait photo of adventurer Jimmy Chin.
Teague Wasserman / National Geographic

National Geographic’s Edge of the Unknown with Jimmy Chin is one of the most captivating shows out there.

From crossing treacherous landscapes to discovering new cultures, no adventure is too daunting for Chin and his fellow adventurers.

Along the way, he calls attention to pressing social and environmental issues, showing us how we can save this planet that we all call home.

Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory

Promotional poster for the National Geographic show on Disney+, Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory.

Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory is a Nat Geo show hosted by wildlife photographer and adventurer Bertie Gregory.

In this show, we follow Gregory as embarks on some epic adventures in order to photograph wildlife, like wolves in the Arctic Circle.

For animal lovers looking for an exciting and visually impactful show, Epic Adventures will definitely fit the bill.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

Still photo of Chef Gordon Ramsay from the set of his show, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, in Finland.
Justin Mandel / National Geographic

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted is an adventure series that takes the reality chef to remote locations around the world.

Ramsay visits each place to learn about the local cuisine, culture, and traditions by connecting with locals on a deep level. It’s a nice departure from his usual reality food shows!

Gordon’s approach toward exploration is filled with all the qualities you would expect from him, such as passion, enthusiasm, and determination.

At the end of each episode, Gordon celebrates his successes with mouth-watering creations that highlight distinct tastes from each region.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted is definitely a departure from the angry persona you often get in Ramsay’s shows!

Home in the Wild (2023)

Follow explorers Jim and Tori Baird as they guide you through awe-inspiring wilderness locations across the globe in their docuseries, Home in the Wild.

Along for the ride are their sons Hudson and Wesley, who has a rare neurological disorder called FoxG1 Syndrome.

Despite juggling 2 kiddos, one with a rare disorder, the Bairds are determined to continue adventuring in the outdoors!

Hostile Planet

Promotional photo of Bear Grylls while filming his show, Hostile Planet, in the jungles of Panama.
National Geographic

Hostile Planet, hosted by Bear Grylls, tells the extraordinary stories of the most extreme environments and animals on the planet.

This gritty show focuses on how life survives in some of the world’s toughest places, from foraging for food to escaping predators.

It offers viewers a unique perspective on nature and showcases some of Earth’s least hospitable regions.

Hostile Planet is both educational and entertaining, making it a must-see series for anyone who wants to learn about nature’s never-ending battle for survival.

The Incredible Dr. Pol (2011-23)

Dr. Pol offers up a handful of food for an eager Friesian horse.
Michael Stankevich / National Geographic Channel

Dr. Pol is not your usual veterinarian. This central Michigan-based vet specializes in farm animals and large pets, like alpacas, cows, horses, and reindeer.

This vet and his furry patients are so captivating that there are 22 seasons and 4 specials available for your viewing pleasure.

In addition to the main show, available to stream on Disney+ are:

  1. The Incredible Dr. Pol: Jingle Pols (2012)
  2. Incredible! The Story of Dr. Pol (2015)
  3. The Incredible Dr. Pol: Blue Ribbon Kids (2016)
  4. The Incredible Dr. Pol: A 200th Polapalooza (2022)

Life Below Zero

A man (Jessie Holmes) builds a sauna on his property in Brushkana for his well being and sanitation on the reality show, Life Below Zero.
Andre Jones / BBC Studios Reality Productions

This gritty docuseries follows the lives of people living in remote areas of Alaska who must battle extreme weather conditions and dangerous wildlife in order to survive.

Through their incredible stories, we get a unique glimpse into how they live off the land and find ways to adapt to their harsh environment.

This Nat Geo show has proven so popular, that three spin offs are also available on Disney+:

  1. Life Below Zero: Next Generation (2020-22)
  2. Life Below Zero: Northern Territories (2021-22)
  3. Life Below Zero: First Alaskans (2022-23)

Limitless with Chris Hemsworth (2022)

Promotional portrait photo of Chris Hemsworth on the set of his Disney+ show, Limitless.
Craig Parry / Disney+

Limitless with Chris Hemsworth, the exciting new series on National Geographic, has already proven to be quite the hit.

In this show, Hemsworth, who is perhaps best known as the actor that brought Thor to life in many Marvel movies and shows, embarks on a global journey to learn how people can live better, for longer.

Hemsworth’s experience on this show is also known as the reason he has decided to take a step back from his massive acting career to spend more time with his family (source).

Watch Limitless for an eye-opening look into how some of the world’s most innovative minds are transforming the human experience of aging.

Lost Cities with Albert Lin (2019)

Albert Lin posing at Machu Picchu.
National Geographic

Have you heard of Lost Cities with Albert Lin? No, it’s not a new video game or a secret club (although that would be pretty cool).

It’s actually a fascinating National Geographic series that delves into some of the world’s most remote and mysterious ancient cities.

And who better to guide us through these lost territories than the intrepid Albert Lin? With his trusty high-tech gadgets and infectious enthusiasm, Lin takes us on a journey of discovery and adventure.

Also available to stream are the specials inspired by this series, Lost Cities with Albert Lin: The Great Flood and Lost Cities with Albert Lin: Megacity of the Maya Warrior King.

Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (2020-23)

Promotional poster for the Disney+ and National Geographic show, Magic of DIsney's Animal Kingdom. Text at the top of the poster reads "Behind the scenes, beyond your imagination."

Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes at Disney World? Well, get ready to have your curiosity satisfied with the Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Narrated by the enchanting Josh Gad, voice of Olaf from Frozen, this series takes us on a wild ride through the different animal habitats and conservation efforts of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

With jaw-dropping cinematography and insider access, you’re sure to feel like a VIP on this behind-the-scenes tour.

Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins (2023)

Promotional poster for the new National Geographic show, Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins.
National Geographic

I may be a bit biased, as Jeff is a friend of mine, but Never Say Never is an absolute must-watch.

Best known as the founder of The Chubby Diaries, Jenkins’ show is about exploring and finding out about incredible feats just waiting to be discovered.

Never Say Never reveals an array of daring attempts through both heart-warming and action-packed stories, teaching viewers to never limit their potential and never settle for what society tells them they can or cannot do.

This is one of those Nat Geo shows with adventure, life lessons, a charismatic host, and stunning footage. Definitely give it a watch!

Restaurants at the End of the World (2023

Chef Kristen Kish rappels down a waterfall to collect a type of fresh watercress which only grows in that particular location in Hacienda Mamecillo, Panama.
Missy Bania / National Geographic for Disney

Adventurous chef Kristen Kish explores the world looking for the culture that has inspired the world’s most remote restaurants.

Running a successful business is a challenge and demands patience, but the people whose lives are cut off from the grid are at the top of the class.

Kish meets with some of these restaurant owners and chefs to find out how they accomplish such a hard feat.

Secrets of the Elephants (2023)

A family of elephants roam through Kimana Sanctuary.
National Geographic for Disney / Nichole Sobecki

This series takes viewers on a wild ride through the African savannah as it explores the lives of the gentle giants known as elephants.

Narrated by Natalie Portman and hosted by Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Secret of the Elephants teaches all about elephant society, their surprising intelligence, and the challenges they face in the modern world.

A Small Light (2023)

Photo of a scene starring Bel Powley as Miep Gies in the National Geographic show, A Small Light.
National Geographic for Disney / Dusan Martincek

A Small Light takes us on a journey back to World War II, exploring the life of Miep Gies, the woman who helped protect Anne Frank and her family.

While the Nazis were wreaking havoc across Europe, Miep and the Dutch resistance worked together to save lives.

This show offers a fresh perspective on what it was really like to live through one of the darkest periods in world history.

Welcome to Earth

Promotional poster for the National Geographic show, Welcome to Earth, including a photo of the host, actor Will Smith.

Hosted by Will Smith, Welcome to Earth captures extraordinary moments and showcases the beauty of nature in all its diverse forms.

The show encourages viewers to appreciate the uniqueness of each place while also looking at homegrown solutions to global issues.

Welcome to Earth‘s unique insights and amazing visuals make it a must-watch on Disney+.

What are your favorite National Geographic shows on Disney Plus?

If you are looking for something new to watch on Disney Plus, then check out these great National Geographic shows!

Whether you are looking for an educational experience or simply want to be entertained, there is something here for everyone.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some popcorn and settle in for an unforgettable viewing experience!

About the author

Photo of Meg Frost on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Blast at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
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Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This post was original published February 10, 2023. It was last updated October 17, 2023.

Becky Q

Saturday 16th of September 2023

Disney has pulled Nat Geo Wild from Spectrum! I am so upset with them. I pay a lot of money for my cable subscription and one show that is always at the top of my list is The Incredible Dr Pol. I have watched it for years and never get tired of it. Disney---be a good human being! Make Dr Pol Available!

Meg Frost

Saturday 16th of September 2023

Oh no! I heard there were some issues with Disney and Spectrum. I didn't realize they'd also pull their Nat Geo channels down. I know a few of the shows on NGW are on Disney+ as well as Hulu+Live TV, so if you happen to have either of those streaming services you might be able to still watch a few of your favorite shows.


Thursday 14th of September 2023

I am very disappointed, I have Disney+ and regular Hulu streaming services both subscription streaming services include the national geographic channel programs , that got me interested in several popular series Life Below Zero and Next Generation But both stop short of the newest seasons for both Since these are both paid subscription services I feel entitled to access to these programs disney+ is 3 seasons behind season showing 18 as current National Geographic is currently airing season 21 ,when I try to enter my provider to gain access , I am given a message , my providers plan doesn't include channel for Hulu and Disney+ isn't even listed SO FOR ME this seems unfair and honestly not worth the subscription cost

Meg Frost

Thursday 14th of September 2023

I see your point. If you're after specific shows and want to stay on top of the latest seasons, a regular cable package might be the way to go. That said, Hulu has all of the seasons of Life Below Zero and LBZ: Next Generation, although I think they are usually 1 episode behind. That's not too bad of a delay in my opinion. Plus, if you try to stream via, Hulu is a provider option, although Disney+ is not. It might require a higher tier package, though.

I. Marlow

Monday 11th of September 2023

Where can I find "The Incredible Dr. Pol"

Meg Frost

Monday 11th of September 2023

The Incredible Dr. Pol is available on Disney+ and Hulu in the US. Disney+ in the US also has several specials with Dr. Pol. I haven't had a chance to watch this show yet, but it's on my list!

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