‘Crikey!’ Steve Irwin’s family carries on legacy with new show

If you grew up in the 1990s and early 2000s, chances are you watched Steve Irwin’s “The Crocodile Hunter” on Animal Planet at some point or another.

He passed away in 2006 when a stingray barb punctured his heart. But now, fans will get a brand-new chance to connect with the Irwin family, all thanks to his daughter and son, now 20 and 14, and late wife Terri, whom we all remember.

It was announced that the surviving Irwin clan will star in a new show on Animal Planet to carry on Steve’s legacy, bringing his passion for nature back to television screens everywhere with a program titled “Crikey! It’s the Irwins”

Daughter Bindi shared the news on Instagram, letting the world know what’s going on:

“I am so happy to announce that our brand new Animal Planet series will premiere on October 28th,” she wrote. “We can’t wait to share our story with you as we continue Dad’s important work. This feels like a beautiful new life chapter. I hope to see you there.”

Animal enthusiast Steve Irwin revolutionized the way that television programs viewed wildlife with his excited, immersive trips through jungles and savannas to show viewers the many fantastic creatures living on our planet.


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Although he lacked a scientific degree, Irwin grew up at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park in Australia, and his hands-on experience with animals instilled an instinct and a knack for handling and interacting with the most dangerous of species. Where many around the world fear animals such as snakes and crocodiles, Irwin bridged the gap between the growing suburban population worldwide and the creatures that make up the planet’s diverse ecosystem.



Now, his wife Terri will join their children, 20-year-old Bindi and 14-year-old Robert, in re-introducing that message through the new show.

Remembering dad’s passion for wildlife conservation, and love for his family,” son Robert wrote in his own Instagram post promoting the show. “His message and legacy will live on forever.”

The show is set to air the pilot episode on Oct. 28.

Irwin’s children have continued to embrace animal awareness and conservationism over the last decade, and both of the young adults have grown up doing exactly what their father did: learning how to safely handle unique species and share them with the world.

From visits to Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” to days spent working with the Australia Zoo, it’s clear that both Bindi and Robert remain as dedicated to what their father did as he was. And it’s been refreshing to follow as the pair have grown up, particularly in a world that seems to share new technology and virtual advancements 10 times as often as it shares how humans can better interact with nature.

During an interview on “The Today Show,” Bindi explained the process behind the naming of the show, along with what’s going to be seen by viewers in the coming weeks.

“Crikey is like wow, or golly gosh. It can mean so many amazing things,” she shared, helping newer generations understand why Steve Irwin was so fond of the catchphrase.

As for the show?

“This show is absolutely action-packed,” she explained, going on to admit that it’s going to serve as a way to carry on her father’s legacy.

“It’s all about continuing on in dad’s footsteps,” she admitted.



It’s not altogether surprising to see Animal Planet adding this kind of show to their lineup for the fall season. A recent NPR program explained that the television channel, along with fellow nature-oriented channel National Geographic, have made a shift towards people-oriented programs in an effort to gain more viewers.

The shift, they theorized, has to do with the increasing competition from reality shows on other channels. People want to learn more about the most fascinating species to them, it was suggested, and that species is their own; with humans constantly getting new television options that teach them about humankind, there’s been a push to compete on programs featuring animals by adding a human element of interest to the shows.



In any case, the relationship between humans and animals has become a popular way to get the general public interested in nature once again. That means shows about prison inmates learning to care for abandoned dogs, or the returning Irwin family treating viewers to an up-close interaction with some incredible (and incredibly dangerous) reptiles.

At the very least, it brings plenty of nostalgia for previous generations to see the Irwins back, and opportunities for the younger generation to embark on new adventures ahead.