Crikey! It’s the Irwins

Ages: All Ages - All AgesProducer: Animal Planet Rating: TV PG - Parental Guidance Suggested

Conservation and charisma seem to run in the family.  In Crikey! It’s the Irwins, the family of the late Steve Irwin continues his mission to educate viewers through up-close encounters and wildlife adventures.  Wife Terri and kids Bindi and Robert oversee animals at the Australia Zoo, treating viewers to behind-the-scenes action at animal exhibits and in the wildlife hospital.

In the Season 2 opener of this Animal Planet series, the family redesigns the crocodile enclosure to mark the Australia Zoo’s 50th birthday, a process that includes the tricky task of relocating its current inhabitants.  In another episode, young Robert proves he inherited his dad’s daring spirit by swimming with a reticulated python; while Bindi deals with two orphaned kangaroo joeys, helping them adapt to their new surroundings.  Later in the series, Terri heads back to her hometown in Oregon to perform a health check on a cougar.  Back at the Australia Zoo, Bindi bathes a type of spiny anteater called an echnida, while Robert persists in his efforts to help a small bird with a grouchy demeanor.

Crikey! It’s the Irwins is more than just a travelogue or simple animal show-and-tell.  Each creature faces a true need and each Irwin approaches it with authentic compassion and care.  The videography is interesting, the animal facts and conservation messages are clearly explained, and the storytelling is engaging. The Irwin family seems genuinely committed to furthering Steve Irwin’s legacy and throughout these pleasant and heartfelt episodes.


Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.