8.1
245 votes
River Monsters

River Monsters

Animal Planet 2009

Extreme angler, Jeremy Wade, is on the hunt for freshwater fish with a taste for human flesh. This rip-roaring ride through the dark side of nature mixes action and adventure with mysteries, edge of the seat chase and a battle of wills between man and almost supernatural beasts who lurk in the serpentine waterways of the planet, mooching murderously underwater, growing to truly awesome sizes. Watch as Jeremy Wade deconstructs exactly how these river monsters are constructed to kill.

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The 10 Best Episodes of River Monsters

River Monsters - S6E3

#1 - River of Blood

8.11

Season 6 - Episode 3

A brutal underwater mutilation of a young man leads Wade to a face-to-face confrontation with one of South America’s greatest freshwater fighting fish that slashes and stalks its prey while living in one of Argentina’s most dangerous waterways.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of River Monsters from 93 votes.

River Monsters - S4E2

#2 - Pack of Teeth

8.08

Season 4 - Episode 2

In Southern Africa there are rumors of a terrifying river monster lurking in the eerie waters of the Okavango Delta. Witnesses say the fish have shark-like teeth and hunt in frenzied packs on schools of fish — and maybe even on human bodies. It sounds mysteriously like the work of giant piranhas, but there's nothing like that here. Or is there? Jeremy Wade sets out to uncover the truth.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of River Monsters from 77 votes.

River Monsters - S6E4

#3 - Man-Eating Monster

8.07

Season 6 - Episode 4

All over the Amazon, Jeremy Wade has heard stories of a monster fish that grows so large, it’s said to swallow men whole. Locals call it the lau-lau but after 20 years of searching, from Peru to Brazil and Colombia, the evidence Jeremy needs - a single colossal specimen - stills eludes him. Now though, he’s discovered a secret, untouched location deep in Guyana’s remote rainforests where he suspects they may be thriving. Embedding himself in the wild jungle, this time it’s different: he’s not coming back until he catches it.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of River Monsters from 75 votes.

River Monsters - S3E1

#4 - The Mutilator

8.07

Season 3 - Episode 1

Jeremy Wade travels to Papua New Guinea to investigate a spate of bizarre deaths on one of the world's last great unexplored rivers, the Sepik. A creature there is tearing chunks from unsuspecting fishermen and devouring certain male body parts. Jeremy has never fished in this part of the world and knows little of what might be there. Nothing could prepare him for what he discovers.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of River Monsters from 61 votes.

River Monsters - S5E4

#5 - Vampires of the Deep

8.05

Season 5 - Episode 4

On the Canadian-U.S. border lies a vast and brooding lake that hides a dark history. For Native Americans, it’s an ancient and sacred site home to underwater spirits. But recently, something has risen from the murky depths to attack swimmers and stories abound of a nightmarish invasion of primordial bloodsuckers. In a journey that will take him to the heart of a thundering waterfall in the Pacific Northwest, extreme angler Jeremy Wade embarks on a punishing mission to battle the most ancient river monster he’s ever encountered, and reveal the true identity of the Vampires of the Deep.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of River Monsters from 76 votes.

River Monsters - S5E3

#6 - Colombian Slasher

8.05

Season 5 - Episode 3

A honeymoon bride is dragged to her death in the Colombian Amazon. The most dangerous country in South America, Colombia is known for drugs, remote jungles and hostage-taking rebels. Jeremy Wade’s investigation is turned on its head by a crucial piece of evidence. He concocts a farfetched hypothesis about the bride’s death and in proving it he uncovers a little known method of killing which reveals the true horror of this tragic story. To complete the puzzle Wade pushes himself and his gear past the breaking point to understand what killed the bride in Colombia’s Rivers of Blood.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of River Monsters from 84 votes.

River Monsters - S3E7

#7 - Jungle Killer

8.04

Season 3 - Episode 7

Jeremy Wade sets out to discover the true river monster of South America. Piranhas get all the press, but is there a more fearsome predator lurking in its rivers? Tipped off by an account of an attack on a diver, Jeremy soon discovers that there is a real monster to find. Tipped off by the the local Amerindian tribe, Jeremy heads deeper and deeper into the remote jungles of Suriname to come face to face with a jungle killer like no other.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of River Monsters from 48 votes.

River Monsters - S5E2

#8 - Killer Torpedo

8.04

Season 5 - Episode 2

Angler Jeremy Wade ventures deep into the heart of Central America in search of a man-sized killer said to leap into boats and cause fatal injuries as it knocks fishermen unconscious and smashes their bones.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of River Monsters from 106 votes.

River Monsters - S3E6

#9 - Cold-Blooded Horror

8.02

Season 3 - Episode 6

Having never been to Japan, Jeremy Wade is entering new territory in more ways than one. The river monsters there are like no others he ever has encountered, from the devastating "Namazu," which legend says causes earthquakes, to a child-snatching killer called the "Kappa." Can our extreme fisherman uncover the truth behind these legends? Can he catch a monster in the rivers of Japan that reveals the reality behind these horrific tales? He is about to find out.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of River Monsters from 47 votes.

River Monsters - S8E6

#10 - Devil of the Deep

8.00

Season 8 - Episode 6

Extreme angler Jeremy Wade's cases usually involve freshwater culprits, but with multiple reports of a deep water serial killer in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, he must step out of his comfort zone and into uncharted depths in search of the red devil.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of River Monsters from 6 votes.

River Monsters - S2E7
#11 - Demon Fish
7.97
Season 2 - Episode 7

Jeremy Wade journeys to the infamous Congo River in Africa in search of the world's most ferocious fish. This supernatural monster predator pushes Jeremy to his physical and mental limit. It requires all of his skills and the help of a witch doctor.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of River Monsters from 58 votes.

#12 - Silent Assassin
7.97
Season 3 - Episode 3

Jeremy Wade travels to the Paraná River in the remote northeast corner of Argentina to investigate the death of a young girl. Once there, he discovers a second death. The people who live along this river bank fear the creature they call "River Dog." This is a new species to Jeremy, a river monster that somehow got under his radar. His discovery is not only the most alien of all river monsters, it is also the largest totally freshwater river monster Jeremy ever has caught!

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of River Monsters from 58 votes.

River Monsters - S4E3
#13 - Invisible Executioner
7.96
Season 4 - Episode 3

It's common knowledge that crocodiles and hippos are deadly predators in Zambian waterways, but it seems there's another monstrous beast stalking the treacherous Zambezi River. The locals call this river monster "the Mazunda" but Jeremy Wade is unfamiliar with any fish by that name. Will he uncover what the sinister creature — said to be able to swallow a child — really is?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of River Monsters from 74 votes.

#14 - Atomic Assassin
7.91
Season 5 - Episode 1

Extreme angler Jeremy Wade is on the trail of a monster that leads him to the site of the worst nuclear accident in history - Chernobyl. In a nerve-shredding race against radiation and time, he searches for the perpetrator of a series of grizzly attacks.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of River Monsters from 94 votes.

River Monsters - S1E5
#15 - Amazon Assassins
7.88
Season 1 - Episode 5

In the darkest depths of the Amazon lurks a dinosaur. Legends tell of an evil spirit inhabiting an enormous fish. Taller than a man, it is covered in scales and crushes its prey with a tongue made of bone. Jeremy Wade has encountered this creature once before, and he came out second best. He's taking no chances in the rematch.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of River Monsters from 83 votes.

River Monsters - S9E1
#16 - Killers from the Abyss Super-sized Q&A
7.88
Season 9 - Episode 1

Fishing detective, Jeremy Wade, embarks on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career; to unravel the mystery of what happened to the passengers of a ship torpedoed in the mid-Atlantic during World War II.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of River Monsters from 207 votes.

#17 - Killer Snakehead
7.88
Season 2 - Episode 2

Angler Jeremy Wade sets his sights on an aggressive Far Eastern predator that's now invading America's backyards. Accused of homicide, and said to breathe air and crawl on land, the Snakehead is a monster that sounds more like a gangster than a fish.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of River Monsters from 72 votes.

River Monsters - S6E2
#18 - Jungle Terminator
7.87
Season 6 - Episode 2

Three mysterious deaths in three countries lead Wade on an adventure where he must team up with a remote and secretive tribe that has a unique and death-defying way of catching these culprits.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of River Monsters from 122 votes.

River Monsters - S6E1
#19 - Amazon Apocalypse
7.85
Season 6 - Episode 1

Looks back at one of the Amazon’s largest maritime disasters, the sinking of the Sobra Santos. Witnesses and surviving passengers retell the story of the event, in which as many as 200 passengers lost their lives. Something in the water is being blamed for many of the deaths, and Jeremy Wade wants to find out what that might have been

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of River Monsters from 115 votes.

River Monsters - S8E1
#20 - Deep Sea Demon
7.84
Season 8 - Episode 1

Jeremy Wade is on a quest to find the one, true, legendary sea serpent; he treks from a horrifying attack in the English Channel, all the way to the darkest depths of the Mediterranean Sea.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of River Monsters from 291 votes.

Last updated: oct 26, 2020

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How is this listed as a returning series? The last episode was a while ago. They made it pretty clear they weren't making more seasons

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When is this coming back

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