Howie Mandel’s: Animals Doing Things (Nat Geo Wild)

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Howie Mandel’s: Animals Doing Things (Nat Geo Wild) – Premieres 16th July

A run of the mill comedy clip show hosted by Howie Mandel, where he adds one liners and the like to clips of animals doing silly things found on the internet.

Like other clips shows the segments are split into certain categories, where it focuses on a particular animal. During which Howie adds some comedy narration to drag out some of the footage. As well as the comedy, they also mash up the clips for a musical number, and drop in a couple of experts giving out facts about the relevant animal.

For a 45 minute show it really starts to drag around the 10 minute mark, where you start to become numb to the humour being shown. it’s one to miss.

0.9/10

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Wild Food (Destination America)

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Wild Food (Destination America) – Premieres 23rd June

A food travel show where chef Georgia Pellegrini heads off to a location where she meets up with locals and joins them in catching the regional animals they hunt for food.

After arriving in town Georgia meets with the local she’ll be spending the trip with. And from there is taken out to try to catch the first of the animals that she will be using to create a leaving meal for her hosts.

Along with catching three types of different animals for the feast, Georgia also joins her host catching another type of animal that is more widely eaten, and joins them for a meal that they prepare in the local methods.

Then before she leaves, Georgia cooks up what has been caught in ways that aren’t commonly done, and serves up the meal to those that have joined her over the course of the episode.

As cooking shows go, it is different to the norm and it shows them tracking, hunting and killing the animals that will be consumed later. Though on the cooking front it’s almost non-existent, making more of a travel hunting show.

3.1/10

Vet Gone Wild (Animal Planet)

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Vet Gone Wild (Animal Planet) – Premieres 10th June

A programme that follows vet Dr Chris Brown as he travels the world, helping local communities and conservation programmes who treat injured or poorly animals.

In the episode Dr Brown heads of to a specific country, where he ends up meeting three different animal advocate groups. With each group Chris meets up with, he helps them with the treatment of a couple of the animals they take care of. Where after he diagnoses the animals condition, teaches the groups in what to look for and how to treat them.

Along with helping improve the groups ability to treat the animals the look out for, Chris is also brought in to help with the more specialist problems that require surgery. Where after performing the operation it show the animal making a healthy recovery. And the finishes off with giving an update on the animals shown during the programme.

Compared to other vet based shows like Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet, Dr Dee Alaska Vet & Love And Vets, this comes over as more varied show and is a lot more watchable for it.

3.4/10

Extinct or Alive (Animal Planet)

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Extinct or Alive (Animal Planet) – Premieres 10th June

This is a programme where biologist Forrest Galante heads off to in search for animals that have been classified as extinct, but have been rumoured by locals to still be in the area.

After arriving in the country in question, Galente heads off to find the history of the animal he’ll be searching for. Where along with speaking to historians about how the animal became extinct, meets up with locals to find out about why they believe it is still in the area, and where the sightings have occurred.

From there Forrest then begins to put together a number of attempts to capture physical evidence that can scientifically confirm the creatures existence, along with trying to capture the animal on film.

As Forrest does his investigation, various ideas end up becoming redundant until he ends up with a plan that start to turn up a few results. Leading to a couple of night time investigations happening, where by the end Forrest comes to a pretty conclusive idea on whether the animal is extinct, if it’s being confused for another indigenous animal, or in fact it still exists.

The way the show is set up, it’s like an animal centric version of Expedition Unknown, though with this the night time investigations actually turn up some results. And for a show that’s an hour and a half long it goes along at a decent pace and keeps your interest through out. It’s worth a watch.

5.4/10

Dodo Heroes (Animal Planet)

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Dodo Heroes (Animal Planet) – Premieres 9th June

A documentary series where in each episode it follows a person that specialises in a specific field, that helps animals in a unique way.

During the show, it follows the person in question as they go to extreme lengths to help an animal in need. Where they use their expertise in giving an animal a better quality of life.

Along with the main story, the programme also shows the person helping out another animal. Which acts as an introduction to what they do, how they do it and why, before they head out for the main challenge. When there, after meeting the animal and their carer, they monitor the animal in its current state. And then over time implement their technique, making sure the carer knows how to continue the treatment, and making sure the animal adapts to it correctly before they head off.

As nature programmes go, this one has more of a PBS vibe about it all. And when compared to other wildlife programmes like Vet Gone Wild, lacks anything to really keep your interest.

2.4/10

Swamp Mysteries With Troy Landry (History)

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Swamp Mysteries With Troy Landry (History) – Premieres 7th June

A spinoff from the series Swamp People, this follows Troy Landry, who receives a call from folks he knows from around the country who need his help with animal problems in their area.

As Troy heads down to meet with his buddy in need, the show explains the problem they are encountering and what Troy will be looking for. Along with the dangers that they’ll end up encountering. Then when he arrives, Troy and his friend go straight to business where they set off trying to hunt down the animals, helping out at any opportunity.

After that Troy is introduced to another wildlife expert who is tackling another problem for the locals. Where he shows Troy the techniques they use to catch them, and how and why they animals have found themselves in an area they never used to inhabit.

The show then finishes off with another night time hunt as Troy ends up hunting one of the bigger animals, and witnesses it encounter the indigenous wildlife it’s threatening, before taking it down.

For what it is, it’s a no nonsense bit of viewing as it gets straight into the action from the off. Thought that said is does start to peter out halfway though and is only really one for those that enjoyed Swamp People.

3.7/10

Alaska’s Deadliest (Nat Geo Wild)

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Alaska’s Deadliest (Nat Geo Wild) – Premieres 27th April

Like The Mighty Northwest this is another wildlife documentary, but one that is centred on the animals that are native to Alaska.

In the show it looks at a variety of animals as they go about their daily business, where the narration informs the viewers about the dangers it faces, how the animal survive and how their specialised features help them in the environment. Along with showing how the young animals learn to survive on their own.

As the show is almost identical in structure and quality to The MIghty Northwest, it also suffers the same problem that other shows have done this genre better. Though if you like The MIghty Northwest this is more of the same.

2.0/10