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Outback Adventures of Tim Faulkner

Outback Adventures of Tim Faulkner

Spring 2015 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Tim Faulkner is following in Steve Irwin's footsteps with his 'Outback Adventures.'

Irwin was a high-energy animal lover and conservationist who lost his life to a sting ray barb in 2006. Faulkner is equally outgoing as he introduces a variety of Australian animals. He walks and talks to the camera, showcasing creatures whether in the outback or at his place of work - The Australia Reptile Park, north of Sydney.

As with most reality shows, the drama is played up. Faulkner loves to poke at his big croc named Elvis, just to get him to snap. Faulkner dangerously sticks his hand in a hole to pull out a python. And he snuggles with a wombat.

On-screen pop-up facts add an informational aspect, from explaining Australia's dry landscape to stats about the animals.

If you want to watch a show about Australian animals, put this on your list. Just know that Faulkner isn't shy about getting really close to his creatures. In one segment, he actually showed a baby Tasmanian devil still in utero. That was a bit much for me.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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