The Crocodile Hunter

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
The Crocodile Hunter TV Poster Image
Crikey! Zany Aussie oozes wildlife learning fun.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Messages about respecting the environment and conservation are clear in each episode. Steve takes some risks, but always with the goal of learning and informing.

Violence & Scariness

Some scenes of animals killing and eating others.

Sexy Stuff

Breeding and mating behavior is pointed out when it occurs.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show's stars include crocodiles, lizards, and snakes, and although the host doesn't seem to mind, he occasionally does get nibbled on (and bitten). Part of that is due to his tendency to get in the animals' faces, behavior that kids shouldn't imitate at home. Kids who are leery of bugs and reptiles may want to tune out. Animals are shown close-up in their natural habitats, and viewers are inundated with fun facts about the creatures. Parents may have to answer questions about "breeding" or "mating," as the host often points out occurrences when they're available. Note: Host Steve Irwin was killed in September 2006 following an encounter with a wild stingray.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPlague February 4, 2010

The Crocodile Hunter

An awesome show for your children to grow onto. Steve is a fantastic role model and teach young and old, to respect animals, and the habitat they live in. R.I.P... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byjeremy wade 13 March 8, 2012

master of wildlife

my favourite animal show hosted by the best man who ever lived!!! extremely educational, best role model and teaches you on how to care for animals and brings y... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 24, 2011

Can learn a lot from it!

Steve does risky stuff, so he may not be a good role model. But his show teaches you a lot on the environment.

What's the story?

THE CROCODILE HUNTER follows wildlife expert Steve Irwin as he traipses through the natural habitats of reptiles of all shapes and sizes. Teaming with his wife, Terri, who assists him and narrates the show, Steve is all about extremes, seeking out the biggest, strongest, and most dangerous creatures he can find. Steve's expeditions bring him face-to-face with reptiles like geckos, crocodiles, and snakes, and his enthusiastic excitement over his finds is infectious. Viewers get a close-up look at specialized feet, tails, and tongues that Steve models and explains for the camera. What sets Steve apart from other on-screen wildlife educators (aside from his trademark hyperactivity) is the crazy lengths to which he goes to nab a subject. The series also focuses on the importance of conservation, and Steve is quick to point out that many of his on-screen locales are endangered.

Is it any good?

The Crocodile Hunter is great for kids who love animal facts, and the ick factor no doubt will add to the fun for some. But parents take note -- Steve often pokes, prods, and pulls at the animals to capture them or prompt some sort of reaction, so kids might need a reminder to not do the same to the creatures they meet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about wildlife endangerment. How does a species become endangered? What can be done to preserve it? What can you do in your own home to maintain environmental health? Parents also can talk with kids about animals' specialized skills that help them survive. How do animals protect themselves from their environmental dangers? What are some of your own special traits or skills?

TV details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate