The Crocodile Hunter

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The Crocodile Hunter
GenreWildlife documentary/Travel documentary/Family
Created byJohn Stainton
Steve Irwin
StarringSteve Irwin
Terri Irwin
Wes Mannion
Country of originAustralia
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes78 (including pilot and 13 specials)
(list of episodes)
Executive producersJohn Stainton
Judi Bailey
Carole Tomko Recka
Steve Irwin
Running time42–45 minutes
Production companyThe Best Picture Show Company
Original release
NetworkAnimal Planet (regular series)
Discovery Channel (specials)
NBC[1] (Captured on Camera, Africa's Deadliest Snakes, Wildest Home Videos, Big Croc Diaries, Graham's Revenge)
Release25 October 1996 (1996-10-25)[2] –
4 September 2007 (2007-09-04)[3]

The Crocodile Hunter is a wildlife documentary television series hosted by Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri. The show became a popular franchise due to Irwin's unconventional approach to wildlife. It spawned a number of separate projects, including the feature film The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course and two television spinoffs: Croc Files and The Crocodile Hunter Diaries.

The series was presented on Animal Planet, becoming the network's highest-rated series at the time, and was in international syndication on networks worldwide.[4] The series aired 64 episodes during five seasons, from 1997 to 2004, two years before Irwin’s death, with a pilot episode in 1996 and 13 specials into 2007.

With a nearly 11-year run, the series is the second longest-running program of any Discovery Communications network, behind MythBusters.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilot1October 25, 1996 (1996-10-25)
18April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)May 24, 1997 (1997-05-24)
210March 8, 1998 (1998-03-08)November 22, 1998 (1998-11-22)
316September 4, 1999 (1999-09-04)June 24, 2000 (2000-06-24)
418November 19, 2000 (2000-11-19)August 10, 2002 (2002-08-10)
512November 20, 2002 (2002-11-20)June 18, 2004 (2004-06-18)
Specials13January 1, 1997 (1997-01-01)September 4, 2007 (2007-09-04)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Crocodile Hunter - Series - Episode List - TV Tango".
  2. ^ Orange, B. Alan (4 September 2006). "Animal Planet on the Death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin". MovieWeb. Watchr Media.
  3. ^ "Secrets of the Crocodile (TV Movie 2007)". IMdB.[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ "Steve Irwin, Wildlife Master, Is Killed by a Stingray at 44". The New York Times. 5 September 2006.

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