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Deadliest Catch is an action packed reality show highlighting the crab fishing industry in and around Dutch Harbor, Alaska. It was first released on April 12, 2005 by the Discovery Channel and has been a popular hit for the last eight seasons. Deadliest Catch follows a variety of fishing vessels, including the Northwestern, the Time Bandit, the Wizard, the Kodiak, the Seabrooke, and the Ramblin' Rose. It captures daily life of crew members aboard a crab fishing boat and the challenges they face during rough weather that has made the Bering Sea famous.

Deadliest Catch highlights each fishing captain and his relationship with his crew. Some fishing vessels are owned and operated by close family members, while others are operated by hired captains. The vessels primarily fish for crab during king crab season and opilio crab season. A few episodes highlight fishing for elusive blue crab and cod fish that is used for bait during the crabbing season.

Various fishing vessels have met an untimely fate on Deadliest Catch. The show occasionally features footage from the United States Coast Guard rescue teams as they rush to the aid of foundering ships. They also respond to medical emergencies or crew members who have gone overboard and who have not been able to be rescued.

Deadliest Catch was been the recipient four Primetime Emmy Awards during the 2007 season. It has consistently drawn high ratings during its time slot each season and the episode featuring the death of Captain Phil Harris drew a record 8.5 million viewers.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on Discovery Channel
13 Seasons, 237 Episodes
April 12, 2005
Drama, Reality
8.0/10
Cast: Mike Rowe, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen, Jonathan Hillstrand
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  • Captain John Hillstrand is complicated character - elite fisherman, tough-as-nails captain, brawler, and Bering Sea prankster - you name it, John has probably done it twice. Right now, he's also about to retire. Join us for a deep dive into the career of this fabled skipper. How did he climb to the top of the toughest of jobs and stay there? How did he survive on the lethal Bering Sea for almost four decades? We'll dig into John's highs and lows, figure out what makes the captain tick, and see if he's got any surprises up his sleeve. 

  • In the wake of the Destination tragedy one last storm bears down on Egar, Bill, Sean and Jake; the Coast Guard attempts to save the crew of a fishing vessel while their boat takes on water.

  • The U.S. Coast Guard scours the Bering Sea for a missing crab vessel while the fleet anxiously waits to discover the fate of its six-man crew; after a plea from his wife, Sig contemplates an early exit.

  • Two old friends race to finish their seasons, but one hopes to cap a storied career; Johnathan Hillstrand wants to bid farewell in a blaze of glory.

  • After suffering chest pains, Sig awaits news in the hospital; Wild Bill struggles to stay out of harm's way while also handling dissention on deck; Sean lays down the law with Zack.

  • Sig, Johnathan and Jake attempt to run from a second arctic hurricane, but Keith refuses to heed the warnings; Stress-induced chest pains threaten the remainder of Sig's season.

  • Sig's stress takes a toll; Sean tries to dock in a hurricane; Keith is left dead-stick in massive seas; Jake motivates a defiant hand; Johnathan rolls the dice by Russia.

  • An Arctic mega-storm rocks the fleet; Sig plays cat-and-mouse with towering waves; Keith watches an 800-pound crab pot launch into a deckhand; Wild Bill fights for a comeback.

  • The first of multiple back-to-back hurricanes descend on the fleet; spotty fishing and mutiny converge to create the perfect storm.

  • Sig returns; Keith and son struggle to prove themselves; Wild Bill gives Nick McGlashan a second chance; Jake lets go of a friend.

  • Competition doubles when the quota is cut in half. Three captains arrive early for the winter season, but Johnathan goes one step further and plots a dangerous, 600-mile course to Russia.

  • The last moments of the fall season bring its biggest storm. Wild Bill struggles to pilot his new boat in big seas. Johnathan faces off with a massive swell in the perilous False Pass.

  • A big decision weighs on Sig Hansen. Rookie captain Sean Dwyer gambles on a new venture with a new crew. Jake Anderson struggles to replace a lost anchor before his quota is taken away.

  • A massive leak fills the Time Bandit. A fistfight tests Jake's resolve while heavy winds and a snapped anchor threaten to wreck his boat. Sig's greenhorn has an awkward question.

  • Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand fish together for the last time. Keith's inattentive crew sends the Wizard on a collision course and a belligerent deckhand tests Jake's resolve as a captain.

  • Wild Bill finds out the truth about Nick McGlashan's terminal illness. Jake's future is threatened by a damaging mechanical issue. Warming seas force Keith to into the unknown.

  • Rising sea temperatures test the fleet. Toxic smoke engulfs the Saga. Meanwhile, Sean struggles to save the family business on the Brenna A and Wild Bill fears he could lose Nick to a terminal illness.

  • The fall season begins with some uncertainty. A seismic shift in sea temperature sends the fleet searching for displaced crab and then they must fight through an unseasonably large first storm.

  • The crabs have vanished, which ignites a grueling hunt to save the fleet's way of life. Captain Sig returns to the helm after a major heart attack. Wild Bill debuts his own brand new boat in a crisis season. A rescue is attempted for a heart attack victim.

  • Captains and crews open up about the season that nearly took one of the fleet's most respected captains.

  • This hour explores some of the most brutal injuries and death defying moments in crab fishing history. Even with new safety regulations, can crabbing ever be made safe?

  • A massive heart attack forces Sig Hansen to face serious decisions about his future. Sig works to repair his body and his boat while a stress-packed career and lifestyle in the early days of Alaskan crab fishing is examined.

  • Sig's health declines as his boat takes a beating from inclement weather. Also, a medevac operation is attempted by the Coast Guard while Bill battles a leak and Jake builds his crew.

  • Extreme weather and more damage to his battered boat sadden Sig. The USCG attempts a dangerous medevac. Bill struggles with a water leak. Jake recruits an old friend.

  • A rogue wave forces Zack into making a split-second decision. Against his co captain and crew, Josh bets on a Bering Sea myth. Giant seas roll Sean Dwyer. Sig seeks help from his daughter.

  • Blood is spilled on the Time Bandit, tension erupts on the Wizard, the Northwestern deals with a burnt out boat, a lost bet leads to cod guts on the Brenna A.

  • The crew works feverishly aboard the Northwestern to fight a fire in the engine room while out at sea. Elsewhere, a hefty pot goes flying after the hydraulics fail aboard the Saga.

  • Far away from land, the Northwestern catches on fire. Meanwhile on the Time Bandit, a family emergency forces Johnathan to make a desperate move. Josh Harris' judgement is tested.

  • Sean Dwyer is forced to institute his dad's law. Elsewhere, Josh settles the score with Casey, Sig's crew grinds through a haul, and Keith works with his new greenhorns.

  • Keith and Johnathan push the limits of partner fishing; Captain Jake deals with a problematic deckhand; Zack must rise to the occasion when Wild Bill gives him a shot at the helm.

  • The captains and crews struggle to survive the season's first winter storm. While other captains combat the weather, rookie skipper Sean Dwyer decides to be patient and wait out the storm, making his first trip of the year under blue skies.

  • The winter crab season has arrived and so has this year's biggest storm. Every captain faces the decision to risk it all and head out into the storm or to be safe and lose money.

  • With winter quickly approaching a massive arctic storm blasts the fleet with hurricane force winds and monster seas. Every captain will be tested when they must decide how much their boats and crew can handle.

  • The Northwestern is on the verge of mutiny. Elsewhere, drunk deckhands put the Saga in danger, captain Johnathan takes a big risk to end his season, and Freddie Maugatai honors his skipper.

  • The season's worst storm yet batters the fleet. Freshman skipper Sean Dwyer must choose between crab and a childhood friend. Wild Bill questions his son's status as a crabber and man. As injuries stack up, one deckhand reveals a painful secret in his pants.

  • Jake Anderson takes a dangerous short cut with only one engine. Casey and Josh perform surgery at sea. Edgar Hansen is determined to make his mark as a captain with his greenhorn son Eric on deck. Keith hopes to turn his season and his life around.

  • Josh Harris is forced to take over the Cornelia Marie. Sean Dwyer takes on the angry sea for the first time. Greenhorns on the Cape Caution are slapped to attention. Weather, mechanical failures and inexperienced crew members cause problems across the fleet.

  • Wild Bill risks his biggest lead in history to help someone in need. 23-year-old Sean Dwyer finds out if he's got what it takes. Veteran skipper Johnathan Hillstrand leans on his crew and a little tip from a friend to turn his season around.

  • Capt Keith Colburn was able to use his last 50 dollars into a million dollar empire, but it came with a price.

  • Captain Sean Dwyer and his crew anticipate their first crab season aboard the Brenna A; Jake Anderson is afraid he made a big mistake; Wild Bill deals with a challenging deckhand; Keith gets support from Johnathan Hillstrand.

  • In a special two-hour season premiere, the Time Bandit gets into trouble with the law; Sig torments Jake; Keith's fortunes change; Sean Dwyer hopes to defend his father's legacy.

  • From Super Typhoon Nuri, the biggest storm to ever rock the fleet to the grand theft of the Cape Caution, captains open up for the first time about the triumphs and betrayals of a season in hell.

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Captain Sig Receives Devastating News About His Friends Aboard The F/V Destination Clip (02:41) Watch The Coast Guard Search For A Fishing Vessel In Distress | Deadliest Catch Clip (02:14) The Deadliest Catch Captains Have A Final Salute to Johnathan Hillstrand Clip (02:14) A Deckhand Took A Nasty Fall Aboard The Saga Clip (01:56) See Why Buoy Number 414 Has Very Special Meaning Aboard The Brenna A Clip (01:52)