Everything you ever wanted to know about the Deadliest Catch

Reality TV shows seem to be everywhere these days. Whether they be about families like the Kardashians, finding love like in The Bachelor, or putting people through tough competitions like Survivor, there are lots of options. Some are even just about people doing their job, like in Pawn Stars, American Pickers, or Ink Master. Although, if we’re honest, they usually feature jobs that might seem to be a bit crazier than what most people might think of as a career. But there is certainly no shortage of reality television or documentary series to choose from.

In April 2005, the Discovery Channel premiered a show that had people in awe and their minds blown out of the water. Deadliest Catch is a documentary based series, that follows several fishing boats and their captains as the navigate the Alaskan waters searching for crab.

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Specifically, these fishermen are in the business of bringing in Alaskan king crab, opilio crab, and bairdi crab from the Bering Sea, and it’s something their livelihoods depend on. If the title “Deadliest Catch” sounds dramatic, it’s because every day out on the water can seem quite dramatic on its own. During the seasons these men fish for crabs, the conditions on the Bering Sea are very turbulent, and can be very dangerous. Just within the show itself, audiences have witnessed dangerous storms, heart stopping injuries, and daring rescues. It is certainly not a venture for the faint of heart.

Mother nature can be entirely unpredictable, and that aspect lends to the show’s drama, since the crew never know what they might be hit with next, leaving the audience to be just as surprised as they are. But beyond the danger and environmental factors, one of the things that makes the Deadliest Catch so appealing is its fascinating group of captains and crew members.


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The captains of these vessels lead their crews into danger on every season, and knowing they are responsible for their crews’ well being is a heavy burden. Nevertheless, audiences love watching how these tough men whether the storm and do their best to manage the inevitable challenges that come with it. The captains are at the forefront of the show’s cast, and arguably the ones who have made it so successful, while also profiting themselves.

In April 2018, the show’s 14th season premiered to the delight of its eager fans. After 14 seasons you might think that you know everything there is to know about Deadliest Catch by this point, but some of the facts going on behind the scenes might still surprise you. Between how much the main cast is really worth, to the way other Alaskans feel about the show, there has been a lot happening over the years.

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