Deadliest Catch
Overview
 
Deadliest Catch is a documentary
Documentary film
Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record...

/reality
Reality television
Reality television is a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors, sometimes in a contest or other situation where a prize is awarded...

 television series produced by Original Productions
Original Productions
Original Productions is a television production company based in Burbank, CA. It was founded in 1999 by Thom Beers and was acquired by FremantleMedia in 2009 and made into a subsidiary....

 for the Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is an American satellite and cable specialty channel , founded by John Hendricks and distributed by Discovery Communications. It is a publicly traded company run by CEO David Zaslav...

. It portrays the real life
Real life
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 events aboard fishing vessel
Fishing vessel
A fishing vessel is a boat or ship used to catch fish in the sea, or on a lake or river. Many different kinds of vessels are used in commercial, artisanal and recreational fishing....

s in the Bering Sea
Bering Sea
The Bering Sea is a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean. It comprises a deep water basin, which then rises through a narrow slope into the shallower water above the continental shelves....

 during the Alaskan king crab and C. opilio
Chionoecetes
Chionoecetes is a genus of crabs that live in the northern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.Other names for crabs in this genus include "queen crab" and "spider crab" – they are known by different names in different areas of the world....

crab fishing seasons.

The Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska
Unalaska, Alaska
Unalaska is a city in the Aleutians West Census Area of the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. Unalaska is located on Unalaska Island and neighboring Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Islands off of mainland Alaska....

, is the base of operations for the fishing fleet
Fishing fleet
A fishing fleet is an aggregate of commercial fishing vessels. The term may be used of all vessels operating out of a particular port, all vessels engaged in a particular type of fishing , or all fishing vessels of a country or region.Although fishing vessels are not formally organized as if they...

. The show's name derives from the inherent high risk of injury or death associated with the work.

Deadliest Catch premiered on the Discovery Channel on April 12, 2005 and currently airs in over 150 countries.
Encyclopedia
Deadliest Catch is a documentary
Documentary film
Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record...

/reality
Reality television
Reality television is a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors, sometimes in a contest or other situation where a prize is awarded...

 television series produced by Original Productions
Original Productions
Original Productions is a television production company based in Burbank, CA. It was founded in 1999 by Thom Beers and was acquired by FremantleMedia in 2009 and made into a subsidiary....

 for the Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is an American satellite and cable specialty channel , founded by John Hendricks and distributed by Discovery Communications. It is a publicly traded company run by CEO David Zaslav...

. It portrays the real life
Real life
Real life is a term usually used to denote actual human life lived by real people in contrast with the lives of fictional or fantasy characters.-Usage online and in fiction:On the Internet, "real life" refers to life in the real world...

 events aboard fishing vessel
Fishing vessel
A fishing vessel is a boat or ship used to catch fish in the sea, or on a lake or river. Many different kinds of vessels are used in commercial, artisanal and recreational fishing....

s in the Bering Sea
Bering Sea
The Bering Sea is a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean. It comprises a deep water basin, which then rises through a narrow slope into the shallower water above the continental shelves....

 during the Alaskan king crab and C. opilio
Chionoecetes
Chionoecetes is a genus of crabs that live in the northern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.Other names for crabs in this genus include "queen crab" and "spider crab" – they are known by different names in different areas of the world....

crab fishing seasons.

The Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, Alaska
Unalaska, Alaska
Unalaska is a city in the Aleutians West Census Area of the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska. Unalaska is located on Unalaska Island and neighboring Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Islands off of mainland Alaska....

, is the base of operations for the fishing fleet
Fishing fleet
A fishing fleet is an aggregate of commercial fishing vessels. The term may be used of all vessels operating out of a particular port, all vessels engaged in a particular type of fishing , or all fishing vessels of a country or region.Although fishing vessels are not formally organized as if they...

. The show's name derives from the inherent high risk of injury or death associated with the work.

Deadliest Catch premiered on the Discovery Channel on April 12, 2005 and currently airs in over 150 countries. The first season consisted of ten episodes, with the finale airing on June 14, 2005. Subsequent seasons have aired on the same April to June or July schedule every year since the original 2005 season, with the seventh season premiering on April 12, 2011 at 9PM ET/PT. Seasons are taped during the previous fall (king crab) and winter (C. opilio) crab seasons. On April 14th, 2011, Discovery announced Deadliest Catch would return for an eighth season.

Format

The series follows life on "the vast Bering Sea" aboard five or more crab fishing boats (the four featured vessels—Cornelia Marie
FV Cornelia Marie
The F/V Cornelia Marie is one of the commercial crab fishing boats featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch.The boat is owned by Cornelia Marie Devlin and prior to his death, Phil Harris . Two of Phil's sons, Jake and Josh Harris, work on the boat as well...

, Wizard
FV Wizard
The F/V Wizard is a crab fishing boat that can be seen on the TV show Deadliest Catch.Wizard was built by the US Navy in 1945 as a fuel oil barge designated YO-210 for service during World War II. After the war was over, the oiler boats were only used for practice targets and building Artificial...

, Northwestern
FV Northwestern
F/V Northwestern is an Alaskan crab, Pacific cod, and salmon tendering fishing vessel notable for being featured in the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch...

, and Time Bandit
FV Time Bandit
The F/V Time Bandit is a commercial crab fishing vessel co-captained by brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand. It is featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. The Time Bandit is a 113-foot house aft boat owned by the Hillstrand brothers that was designed by the Hillstrands' father...

—and one or more "wild card" boats that are shown for all or part of a single season) during two of the dangerous crab fishing
Alaskan king crab fishing
Alaskan king crab fishing is carried out during the winter months in the waters off the coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. The commercial harvest is performed during a very short season, and the catch is shipped worldwide...

 seasons, the October king crab
King crab
King crabs, also called stone crabs, are a superfamily of crab-like decapod crustaceans chiefly found in cold seas. Because of their large size and the taste of their meat, many species are widely caught and sold as food, the most common being the red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus.King...

 season and the January opilio crab
Chionoecetes
Chionoecetes is a genus of crabs that live in the northern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.Other names for crabs in this genus include "queen crab" and "spider crab" – they are known by different names in different areas of the world....

 (a.k.a. C. opilio; often referred to as "snow crab" or "opies") season. The show emphasizes the real danger to the crew on the decks of these boats (and the Discovery Channel camera crews filming them) as crews ply their trade while ducking heavy crab pots swinging into position, maneuvering hundreds and thousands of pounds of crab across a deck strewn with tripping hazards (holding tank hatches, uneven surfaces, maintenance access plates), and leaning over the rails to position pots for either launch or retrieval as gale-force winds and waves four to five times taller than an average man constantly lash over the deck. The series also documents the dangers of even being on a boat in the Bering Sea crab grounds, in the midst of some of the coldest and stormiest waters on earth, where even the most minor problem becomes complex and requires considerable ingenuity to solve when the nearest port of any kind is often hundreds of miles away.

Each episode focuses on a story, situation, or theme that occurs on one or more boats, while side stories delve into the backgrounds and particular activities of one or two crew members, in particular the "greenhorns" (rookie crew members) on several boats. The fleets' captains are featured prominently throughout the episodes, highlighting their camaraderie with their fellow captains and relationships with their crew, as well as their competitive nature against the other boats in the fleet regarding the hunt for crab throughout the fishing grounds. Common themes woven throughout the overarching storyline of the particular fishing season include friendly rivalries between the captains (particularly between Sig Hansen
Sig Hansen
Sigurd Jonny "Sig" Hansen is an American Captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern. Since 2006, Hansen has been featured in all seasons of the documentary television series Deadliest Catch, for which he also serves as technical advisor for the production.-Early life:Sigurd Jonny Hansen was born...

 of the Northwestern
FV Northwestern
F/V Northwestern is an Alaskan crab, Pacific cod, and salmon tendering fishing vessel notable for being featured in the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch...

, Johnathan Hillstrand of the Time Bandit, and Phil Harris
Phil Harris (fisherman)
Phillip Charles "Phil" Harris was an American captain and part owner of the crab fishing vessel Cornelia Marie, which is featured on Discovery Channel's documentary reality TV series Deadliest Catch. He suffered a massive stroke while offloading C. opilio crab in port at Saint Paul Island, Alaska,...

 of the Cornelia Marie
FV Cornelia Marie
The F/V Cornelia Marie is one of the commercial crab fishing boats featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch.The boat is owned by Cornelia Marie Devlin and prior to his death, Phil Harris . Two of Phil's sons, Jake and Josh Harris, work on the boat as well...

), the familial ties throughout the fleet (brothers Sig, Norm, and Edgar Hansen, who own the Northwestern, joined on board by Nick Mavar and his nephew Jake Anderson; Phil Harris and his two sons, Jake and Josh, on the Cornelia Marie; the Hillstrand family—brothers Jonathan, Andy, and Neil, and Jonathan's son Scott—on the Time Bandit; brothers Keith and Monte Colburn of the Wizard), the stresses of life on the Bering Sea, and the high burnout rate among greenhorns.

Because Alaskan crab fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, the U.S. Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

 rescue squads stationed at Integrated Support Command Kodiak
Integrated Support Command Kodiak
Base Support Unit Kodiak is the host command for a large shore installation of the United States Coast Guard, located in Kodiak, Alaska. The largest tenant unit on the base is Air Station Kodiak. It is also the home port for several cutters...

 (Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak is one of 7 communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline...

) and their outpost on St. Paul Island, near the northern end of the crab fishing grounds, are frequently shown doing their own dangerous work: rescuing crab boat crew members who fall victim to the harsh conditions on the Bering Sea. The USCG rescue squad was featured prominently during the episodes surrounding the loss of F/V Big Valley in January 2005, the loss of F/V Ocean Challenger in October 2006, and the loss of F/V Katmai in October 2008. Original Productions keeps a camera crew stationed with the Coast Guard during the filming of the show.

Narration

The show has no on-camera host. Instead, narrators provide commentary and verbally connect the storylines as the show shifts from one crab boat to another. Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel is an American satellite and cable specialty channel , founded by John Hendricks and distributed by Discovery Communications. It is a publicly traded company run by CEO David Zaslav...

 voice artist Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe may refer to:*Michael Rowe, television writer for Futurama*Mike Rowe , host of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs* Mike Rowe , retired Canadian professional ice hockey player...

 narrates the action for North American airings; UK voice artist Bill Petrie, reading from a slightly altered script, offers a regionally familiar accent for the English speaking viewers of the show in Europe. The show transitions between boats using a mock-up radar
Radar
Radar is an object-detection system which uses radio waves to determine the range, altitude, direction, or speed of objects. It can be used to detect aircraft, ships, spacecraft, guided missiles, motor vehicles, weather formations, and terrain. The radar dish or antenna transmits pulses of radio...

 screen that shows the positions of the boats relative to one another and to the two ends of the fishing grounds, St. Paul Island to the north and Dutch Harbor to the south.

Rowe was originally supposed to be the on-camera host as well and had appeared in taped footage as himself during the first season of shooting. As filming of the first season was nearing completion, Discovery greenlighted production on another Rowe project, Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs
Dirty Jobs is a program on the Discovery Channel, produced by Pilgrim Films & Television, in which host Mike Rowe is shown performing difficult, strange, disgusting, or messy occupational duties alongside the typical employees. The show premiered with two pilot episodes in November 2003...

, under the condition that Rowe choose only one show upon which to appear in person. As Rowe relates the story, Discovery told him that the two shows would be airing back-to-back on the same night, thus, "We can't have you telling us stories about six dead fishermen on camera and making a fart joke with your arm in a cow's ass." Most of the footage Rowe shot during the first season became part of the first season's "Behind the Scenes" episode. Beginning after the third season of Deadliest Catch, Rowe took on hosting duties of a post-season behind-the-scenes miniseries entitled After the Catch, formatted as a roundtable discussion featuring the captains relating their experiences filming the preceding season's episodes. A season 3 episode of Dirty Jobs (2007-2008) saw Rowe return to Alaska to take part in a job tangentially related to the fishing industry--diesel fuel spill cleanup. Another episode that same season featured Rowe at work onboard the F/V Legacy doing trawl fishing and at-sea shellfish and other seafood processing, during which Rowe made numerous references to the crab fishing of Deadliest Catch.

Changes required for parental guidance ratings

Because Deadliest Catch is essentially a filmed record of everyday life in a stressful working environment, the producers have to resort to censoring gestures and language that would be deemed inappropriate for television audiences. For example, under the U.S. Television Ratings system, Deadliest Catch is rated TV-14 with inappropriate language ("L") as a highlighted concern. For visual disguise of such items as finger gestures, bloody injuries, or non-featured crew member anonymity, the producers use the traditional pixelization or simple blurring. However, due to the sheer volume of profanities used in the course of everyday crew member conversation aboard the crab vessels featured in Deadliest Catch, the producers occasionally employ alternate methods of censoring
Censorship
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 said profanities, using sound effects such as a ship's horn, the "clang" of a hatch door, or a burst of radio static in place of the traditional "bleep
Bleep censor
A bleep censor is the replacement of profanity or classified information with a beep sound , in television or radio...

".

Production

The Behind the Scenes special provided insight on how the program is produced. A two-person TV crew lives on each boat profiled. They use handheld Sony HVR-Z5U and HVR-Z7U HDV
HDV
HDV is a format for recording of high-definition video on DV cassette tape. The format was originally developed by JVC and supported by Sony, Canon and Sharp...

 cameras to shoot most of the series (one on the main deck
Deck (ship)
A deck is a permanent covering over a compartment or a hull of a ship. On a boat or ship, the primary deck is the horizontal structure which forms the 'roof' for the hull, which both strengthens the hull and serves as the primary working surface...

, one in the wheelhouse). Additional footage is provided by four stationary cameras that are permanently mounted around the ship and are constantly recording. Shots from vantage points outside the boat are accomplished through a variety of methods, including the use of a helicopter
Helicopter
A helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by one or more engine-driven rotors. This allows the helicopter to take off and land vertically, to hover, and to fly forwards, backwards, and laterally...

 (for footage near the harbor) and a cameraman on a chase boat (in season 1, the main chase boat was the Time Bandit). The crew also makes use of underwater cameras, including one attached to a crab pot for a "crab's eye view" of the pot being retrieved in season 2, one mounted in the main crab tank on the Northwestern
FV Northwestern
F/V Northwestern is an Alaskan crab, Pacific cod, and salmon tendering fishing vessel notable for being featured in the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch...

beginning in season 2, and one mounted to a submersible
Submersible
A submersible is a small vehicle designed to operate underwater. The term submersible is often used to differentiate from other underwater vehicles known as submarines, in that a submarine is a fully autonomous craft, capable of renewing its own power and breathing air, whereas a submersible is...

 watercraft beginning in season 3.

Because of a lack of space on the boats, the crews do not have an audio mixer. Audio is recorded using wireless microphone
Wireless microphone
A wireless microphone, as the name implies, is a microphone without a physical cable connecting it directly to the sound recording or amplifying equipment with which it is associated...

s worn by the fishermen and shotgun microphones attached to the cameras.

Although the equipment is carefully waterproofed, the cameras are routinely damaged by saltwater
Seawater
Seawater is water from a sea or ocean. On average, seawater in the world's oceans has a salinity of about 3.5% . This means that every kilogram of seawater has approximately of dissolved salts . The average density of seawater at the ocean surface is 1.025 g/ml...

 corrosion
Corrosion
Corrosion is the disintegration of an engineered material into its constituent atoms due to chemical reactions with its surroundings. In the most common use of the word, this means electrochemical oxidation of metals in reaction with an oxidant such as oxygen...

, ice, and accidents.

Filming episodes of Deadliest Catch is a dangerous occupation for the camera crews on board the boats. In the early seasons, when many of the camera crews had little to no experience on crab boats, they frequently ran into dangers not normally encountered when filming a documentary. Northwestern captain Sig Hansen
Sig Hansen
Sigurd Jonny "Sig" Hansen is an American Captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern. Since 2006, Hansen has been featured in all seasons of the documentary television series Deadliest Catch, for which he also serves as technical advisor for the production.-Early life:Sigurd Jonny Hansen was born...

 told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel
James Christian "Jimmy" Kimmel is an American television host and comedian. He is the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late-night talk show that airs on ABC. Prior to that, Kimmel was best known as the co-host of Comedy Central's The Man Show and Win Ben Stein's Money...

 that he saved a cameraman's life during the first season, screaming at him to get out of the way just seconds before a 900-pound crab pot swinging from a crane crossed the space where the cameraman had been standing and filming. In another incident, showcased on the behind the scenes special, an inattentive cameraman ended up having his leg fall through an open hatch on the deck of one of the boats when he unwittingly stepped into the hole, suffering three broken ribs (and, according to the cameraman himself, having to buy a case of beer for the entire crew as per tradition on crab boats).

Interactions between the film crew and the fishermen appear in the show occasionally. During an episode of season 4, Wizard captain Keith Colburn was seen demanding that cameras be turned off when he got into a heated argument with his brother, Monte Colburn. The cameras were turned off, but the Colburns neglected to remove their wireless mics and the subsequent exchange was recorded and featured in the episode. Also in season 4, Cornelia Marie captain Phil Harris asked the cameraman filming him not to tell anyone else about his injuries, for fear it would stall his fishing. Later on, crew member and later acting captain Murray Gamrath, concerned for Phil's well-being, was seen asking a cameraman to keep an eye on him and report any incident. During season 5, the camera crew on the Northwestern was specifically instructed not to film a crew member being informed of his sister's death; the crew honored the request.

On January 29, 2010, as Original Productions' crews shot footage for season 6 of the Cornelia Marie offloading C. opilio crab at St. Paul Island, Phil Harris--who had earlier complained of being excessively tired--went to his stateroom to retrieve pain medicines and collapsed. 2nd year Engineer Steve Ward discovered Captain Phil on the floor of his stateroom, conscious but not able to move his left leg or his left hand. Ward immediately got Phil's sons Josh & Jake to come to Harris' stateroom while he called for paramedics. According to Thom Beers, producer and creator of Deadliest Catch, Harris insisted that the camera crews continue to film him. "We want to remember Phil as who he was," Beers told Zap2it.com
Zap2it
Zap2it is an American website and affiliate network that provides news, photos and video, local TV listings and movie showtimes. The site is produced by Tribune Media Services , part of the publishing division of the Chicago-based Tribune Company...

 writer Kate O'Hare. "We want to remember all the dynamics, but at the same time the guy was insistent when we were doing this, saying, 'Dude, you've got to. We've got to have an end to the story [about the strength and resiliency of familial bonds, especially the father/son bond]. You want to film this, film this.'" Beers said he honored Harris' wishes and continued to shoot as Harris was airlifted to Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the southcentral part of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is the northernmost major city in the United States...

, where doctors performed emergency brain surgery to relieve the pressure building up in the cranial vault and avoid further brain damage. Harris spent eleven days in ICU before succumbing to complications from his stroke on February 9, 2010.

Some shots that would be difficult to capture with cameras are computer-generated imagery
Computer-generated imagery
Computer-generated imagery is the application of the field of computer graphics or, more specifically, 3D computer graphics to special effects in art, video games, films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media...

 (CGI):
  • CGI was used in the first two seasons, and again in season 5 after the sinking of the Katmai, to demonstrate how the severely cold water of the Bering Sea causes men without survival suits to drown within minutes, showing the decrease in blood flow and the gradual failure of vital organs.
  • In the second episode of the first season, CGI was used to show how a crab pot works.
  • In the early episodes of season 2, CGI was used to show how the overloaded deck of the Big Valley caused her to sink.
  • In season 3, CGI was used to show sea lion
    Sea Lion
    Sea lions are pinnipeds characterized by external ear-flaps, long fore-flippers, the ability to walk on all fours, and short thick hair. Together with the fur seal, they comprise the family Otariidae, or eared seals. There are six extant and one extinct species in five genera...

    s playing with crab pot buoys, as what was believed to happen with Northwestern's crab pots before opilio season that year.
  • In season 4, episode 6, CGI was used to show how the falling cable of the picking hook of the Time Bandit would have killed greenhorn Shea Long had it failed a few seconds later when a pot was attached to it.
  • In season 4, episodes 9 & 10 used CGI to show how ice build-up would prove hazardous to the Coast Guard helicopter if its deicing systems failed.
  • In season 5, CGI was used to illustrate the sinking Katmai deploying liferafts amidst battering waves.
  • In season 5, episode 8, CGI was used to show how a tarp would protect the Wizard's pots from freezing.
  • In season 6, episode 6, CGI was used to illustrate the grounding of a vessel in False Pass.
  • In season 6, episode 15, CGI was used to illustrate the (failing) hydraulic system on the Kodiak.
  • In season 7, episode 11, CGI was used to illustrate an anchor cable snapping during deployment on the Time Bandit.


Sig Hansen
Sig Hansen
Sigurd Jonny "Sig" Hansen is an American Captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern. Since 2006, Hansen has been featured in all seasons of the documentary television series Deadliest Catch, for which he also serves as technical advisor for the production.-Early life:Sigurd Jonny Hansen was born...

, captain of the Northwestern, serves as a technical advisor to the series' producers.

On September 28th, 2010, it was reported that three of the principal captains featured throughout the series' run, the brothers Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand and Sig Hansen, would not return to the show due to litigation initiated by Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications, Inc. is an American global media and entertainment company. The company started as a single channel in 1985, The Discovery Channel. Today, DCI has global operations offering 28 network entertainment brands on more than 100 channels in more than 180 countries in 39...

 involving the Hillstrands. On October 8, 2010, it was announced that the three captains had reached an agreement with Discovery and would return for the seventh season.

Subject matter

Commercial fishing
Commercial fishing
Commercial fishing is the activity of catching fish and other seafood for commercial profit, mostly from wild fisheries. It provides a large quantity of food to many countries around the world, but those who practice it as an industry must often pursue fish far into the ocean under adverse conditions...

 has long been considered one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In 2006, the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is a unit of the United States Department of Labor. It is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is a governmental statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and...

 ranked commercial fishing as the job occupation with the highest fatality rate with 141.7 per 100,000, almost 75% higher than the fatality rate of pilots, flight engineers, and loggers, the next most hazardous occupations. However, Alaskan king crab fishing
Alaskan king crab fishing
Alaskan king crab fishing is carried out during the winter months in the waters off the coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. The commercial harvest is performed during a very short season, and the catch is shipped worldwide...

 is considered even more dangerous than the average commercial fishing job, due to the conditions of the Bering Sea during the seasons they fish for crab. According to the pilot episode, the death rate during the main crab seasons averages out to nearly one fisherman per week, while the injury rate for crews on most crab boats in the fleet is nearly 100% due to the severe weather conditions (frigid gales, rogue waves, ice formations on and around the boat) and the danger of working with such heavy machinery on a constantly rolling boat deck. Alaskan king crab fishing reported over 300 fatalities per 100,000 as of 2005, with over 80% of those deaths caused by drowning or hypothermia.

Rationalization: derby vs. quota

The series' first season was shot during the final year of the derby style king crab fishery. The subsequent seasons have been set after the change to a quota system as part of a process known as "rationalization". Under the old derby style, a large number of crews competed with each other to catch crab during a restrictive time window. Under the new Individual Fishing Quota
Individual fishing quota
Individual fishing quotas also known as "individual transferable quotas" are one kind of catch share, a means by which many governments regulate fishing. The regulator sets a species-specific total allowable catch , typically by weight and for a given time period. A dedicated portion of the TAC,...

 (IFQ) system, established owners, such as those shown on the series, have been given quotas which they can fill at a more relaxed pace. In theory, it is intended to be safer, which was the main rationale for the change in the fishing rules. The transition to the quota system was also expected to increase the value of crab, by limiting the market of available crab. An influx of foreign crab negated some of these gains during the 2006 season.
The rationalization process put many crews out of work as the owners of many small boats found their assigned quotas too small to meet operating expenses; during the first season run under the IFQ system, the fleet shrank from over 250 boats to around 89 mostly larger boats with high quotas.

Theme music

The opening theme for the U.S. TV airings is "Wanted Dead or Alive
Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi song)
-Music Video:The video for the song is black and white and features footage from the band's massive 1986-1987 world tour, including shots from Chicago's UIC Pavilion, Rochester, Minnesota's Mayo Civic Center, Denver, Colorado's McNichols Arena, Pittsburgh, PA F. Pitt Tunnel and Pittsburgh Skyline...

" by Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi consists of lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi , guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, as well as current bassist Hugh McDonald...

, although this song is not used on the official DVD
DVD
A DVD is an optical disc storage media format, invented and developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic in 1995. DVDs offer higher storage capacity than Compact Discs while having the same dimensions....

 releases nor in the Europe
Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

an version of the show.

Commercials for season 3 shown on the Discovery Channel family of networks featured an updated and faster version of the hit Styx
Styx (band)
Styx is an American rock band that became famous for its albums from the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Chicago band is known for melding the style of prog-rock with the power of hard rock guitar, strong ballads, and elements of American musical theater....

 song "Come Sail Away
Come Sail Away
"Come Sail Away" is a song by American progressive rock group Styx, featured on the band's seventh album The Grand Illusion . Upon its release as the lead single from the album, "Come Sail Away" charted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and helped The Grand Illusion achieve multi-platinum...

", performed by the punk rock cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is a punk rock supergroup and cover band that formed in 1995. The Gimmes work exclusively as a cover band. The band is named after a children's book of the same name by Gerald G. Jampolsky and Diane V. Cirincione...

. Commercials for Season 7 featured the song "Ain't No Grave", by Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
John R. "Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century...

.

Incidental music used in the episodes themselves is provided by Amygdala Music, a music production group run by Leslie Beers, wife of Deadliest Catch creator/producer Thom Beers
Thom Beers
Thom Beers is an American television producer and narrator/ voice over artist. Beers, a former producer and executive with Turner Broadcasting and Paramount Syndicated Television, has produced over 40 television series since the mid 1990s, most under the banner of his own production company formed...

.

In addition to incidental music, entire compositions written and performed by well-known recording artists are also added as "episode themes." An example would be the song "Always a Rebel," written and performed by folk-rock recording artist Vinnie James, at the request of the show's producer, Matt Renner, when the two met in Dutch Harbor during the filming of the 2008 season of Deadliest Catch. The song appeared as the theme track to "The Final Hour," which was the season finale for the 2008 season. Lines of the song were inspired by accounts of life on the Bering Sea by Josh Harris of the Cornelia Marie and series director of photography Zac McFarlane.

The song "Between" by singer/songwriter Vienna Teng
Vienna Teng
Cynthia Yih Shih , better known by her stage name Vienna Teng, is a Taiwanese American pianist and singer-songwriter based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Teng has released four studio albums: Waking Hour , Warm Strangers , Dreaming Through the Noise , and Inland Territory...

 was used on a few episodes during season 2.

The final four minutes of the season 6 episode "Redemption Day" features Johnny Cash's rendition of Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, and actress. Her music incorporates elements of rock, folk, hip hop, country and pop...

's "Redemption Day"; the song plays over a montage of the crab vessels fighting through a massive Arctic squall and of Josh Harris sitting in a waiting room with friends as doctors struggle to revive Phil Harris, whose health has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. As Josh calls his brother Jake to deliver the news that "we lost Dad, dude", the song's final chorus—"Freedom"—repeats solemnly four times and fades out over a simple shot of the Bering Sea raging. The instrumental version of the song was used on Discovery Canada.

Vessels

The show is filmed aboard various fishing vessels, some of which change between seasons.

Featured fishing vessels

Fishing Vessel Captain Season(s)
Aleutian Ballad Jerry "Corky" Tilley 2, 3
Arctic Dawn Ole Helgevold Pilot
Big Valley Gary Edwards 1 (Opilio season)
Billikin Jeff Weeks 1 (Opilio season)
Cornelia Marie
FV Cornelia Marie
The F/V Cornelia Marie is one of the commercial crab fishing boats featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch.The boat is owned by Cornelia Marie Devlin and prior to his death, Phil Harris . Two of Phil's sons, Jake and Josh Harris, work on the boat as well...

Phil Harris
Phil Harris (fisherman)
Phillip Charles "Phil" Harris was an American captain and part owner of the crab fishing vessel Cornelia Marie, which is featured on Discovery Channel's documentary reality TV series Deadliest Catch. He suffered a massive stroke while offloading C. opilio crab in port at Saint Paul Island, Alaska,...

1 (Opilio season), 2, 3, 4, 5 (start of King Crab season, Opilio Season), 6 (King Crab season, start of Opilio season); After the Catch 1, 2, 3
Murray Gamrath 4 (End of Opilio season), 5 (King Crab season); "After the Catch" 3
Derrick Ray 6 (End of Opilio season), 7 (King Crab season); After the Catch 5
Tony Lara 7 (Opillio season)
Early Dawn Allen Oakley 3
Rick Fehst 4
Erla-N Bing Henkel Pilot
Farwest Leader Greg Moncrief 3
Fierce Allegiance Tony LaRussa Pilot, 1 (King crab season)
Incentive Harry Lewis 5 (Opilio season); After the Catch 3
Kodiak Bill "Wild Bill" Wichrowski 6, 7; After the Catch 5
Lady Alaska Pete Liske 1 (Opilio season)
Lisa Marie Wade Henley 5 (King crab season)
Lucky Lady Vince Shavender 1 (King crab season)
Maverick Rick Quashnick 1 (Opilio season), 2, 3 (Opilio season); After the Catch 1
Blake Painter 3 (King crab season)
North American
FV North American
The F/V North American is one of the commercial crab fishing boats featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. The boat is owned by Erling Skaar. Both sons of Erling Skaar, Sten and John Skaar, work the boat. Sten Skaar captains the North American for all crabbing voyages...

Sten Skaar 4
Northwestern
FV Northwestern
F/V Northwestern is an Alaskan crab, Pacific cod, and salmon tendering fishing vessel notable for being featured in the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch...

Sig Hansen
Sig Hansen
Sigurd Jonny "Sig" Hansen is an American Captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern. Since 2006, Hansen has been featured in all seasons of the documentary television series Deadliest Catch, for which he also serves as technical advisor for the production.-Early life:Sigurd Jonny Hansen was born...

Pilot, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; After the Catch 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ramblin' Rose Elliott Neese 7
Retriever Jim Stone 1 (Opilio season)
Rollo Eric Nyhammer 2
Saga Roger Strong Pilot, 1 (Opilio season)
Seabrooke Scott "Jr." Campbell 7; After the Catch 5
Sea Star Larry Hendricks Pilot, 1, 3, 4, 5 (chase boat); After the Catch 1, 2, 3
Time Bandit
FV Time Bandit
The F/V Time Bandit is a commercial crab fishing vessel co-captained by brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand. It is featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. The Time Bandit is a 113-foot house aft boat owned by the Hillstrand brothers that was designed by the Hillstrands' father...

Johnathan Hillstrand (King crab season)
Andy Hillstrand (Opilio season)
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; After the Catch 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Trailblazer Wayne Baker 3, 5
Vixen Shaun Miles 1 (Opilio season)
Western Viking Coleman Anderson 1 (King crab season)
Wizard
FV Wizard
The F/V Wizard is a crab fishing boat that can be seen on the TV show Deadliest Catch.Wizard was built by the US Navy in 1945 as a fuel oil barge designated YO-210 for service during World War II. After the war was over, the oiler boats were only used for practice targets and building Artificial...

Keith Colburn 3 (King Crab season), 4, 5, 6 (King crab season), 7; After the Catch 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Monte Colburn 3 (Opilio season), 6 (Bairdi season)


During filming of the first season of Deadliest Catch, the F/V Big Valley sank on January 15, 2005, sometime after 0734 Alaska Standard Time
Alaska Time Zone
The Alaska Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting nine hours from Coordinated Universal Time . During daylight saving time its time offset is only eight hours . The clock time in this zone is based on the mean solar time of the 135th meridian west of the Greenwich Observatory.The zone...

 when the Coast Guard first detected her EPIRB signal. Five members of the six man crew perished; three were never found. Cache Seel was the only survivor. Discovery Channel film crews on the Maverick and Cornelia Marie captured the first footage of the debris field, confirming that the boat had capsized and gone down. The search for the ship is featured in the episode "Dead of Winter".

Harris was forced to leave during the C. opilio season in season 4 due to what turned out to be a pulmonary embolism
Pulmonary embolism
Pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a substance that has travelled from elsewhere in the body through the bloodstream . Usually this is due to embolism of a thrombus from the deep veins in the legs, a process termed venous thromboembolism...

, and his medical issues prevented him from going out during the king crab portion of season 5. Murray Gamrath relieved him as captain in both seasons. A camera crew stayed with Harris both when he was hospitalized in season 4 and after his forced departure at the start of season 5. He continued to make occasional appearances during season 5. Harris suffered a massive stroke on January 29, 2010, during filming of the C. opilio season for season 6 and died on February 9, 2010, from complications. Derrick Ray took over as captain for the remainder of the season.

Not to be confused with former St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals are a professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Central Division in the National League of Major League Baseball. The Cardinals have won eleven World Series championships, the most of any National League team, and second overall only to...

 manager
Manager (baseball)
In baseball, the field manager is an individual who is responsible for matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. Managers are typically assisted by between one and six assistant coaches, whose responsibilities are specialized...

 Tony La Russa
Tony La Russa
Anthony "Tony" La Russa, Jr. is a former Major League Baseball manager and infielder, best known for his tenures as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals...

.

Nyhammer, captain of the F/V Rollo, served as a senior deckhand on the North American
FV North American
The F/V North American is one of the commercial crab fishing boats featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch. The boat is owned by Erling Skaar. Both sons of Erling Skaar, Sten and John Skaar, work the boat. Sten Skaar captains the North American for all crabbing voyages...

during the King crab portion of season 4.

The F/V Time Bandit can be seen in the background of the behind the scenes episode serving as the main chase vessel during season 1, though she is never officially identified during the season itself.

The F/V Trailblazer was seen in the season 3 episodes "Man Overboard!" and "Cheating Death". She was also featured in the fifth season.

The F/V Vixen did have a film crew on the boat; none of the footage aired in the U.S. version, but did air in some of the international editions.

Fishing vessels with no embedded film crew

Fishing Vessel Event Season(s)
Alaska Ranger
FV Alaska Ranger
FV Alaska Ranger was a fishing Factory ship owned and operated by the Fishing Company of Alaska of Seattle, Washington. The ship was constructed in 1973 for use as an oil field service vessel. The ship sank 23 March 2008, after reporting progressive flooding only hours earlier. Of the 47 on board,...

Took on water in her rudder room and stern and sank on March 23, 2008. The forty-seven people on board were forced into the water; all but five were rescued. 4
Alaskan Leader Called Coast Guard when crewmember suffered heart attack. A nighttime rescue attempt by a Coast Guard helicopter was unsuccessful, and had to abort. A second rescue attempt the next day was successful. The deckhand, Chad Smith, 40, was medevaced to Anchorage via Saint Paul, and ultimately survived. 6
Alaskan Monarch Ran aground at St. Paul Island due to ice in 1990. All of the crew was saved, but the boat was destroyed. 2, 3
Amatuli Chase boat, shown in behind the scenes special 7
American Star Caught fire and ran aground in February 2000; all 5 crewmen plus one dog were rescued. 1
Big Valley Sank at the start of the 2005 C. opilio season; five of six crew died. Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

 investigation later determined that the boat was severely overloaded, carrying 30% more pots than normal, causing her to tip over during a storm the morning of January 15, 2005.
1
Carly Renee Cod fishing vessel, capsized and partially sank 22 miles from Dutch Harbor at start of 2009 King Crab season; four-man crew abandoned ship and rescued by a "good samaritan vessel", the Guardian. The Carly Renee eventually ran aground on a nearby island and was left for junk. 6
Galaxy Caught fire at sea during 2002 king crab season. All 23 crew members were rescued by Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

; three men later died from injuries sustained during the fire.
1
Guardian Rescued 4-man crew of the Carly Renee after they abandoned ship. 6
Icy Mist Took on water and grounded on western shore of Akutan Island; four-man crew evacuated to shore and rescued by Coast Guard. 5
Jennifer A Partner boat of Time Bandit. Pranked by Time Bandit with a flour pot during the season 3 wrap-up. 3
Katmai A head and gut fishing vessel capsized and sank in the Aleutian Islands early in the morning on Wednesday, October 22, 2008. Only four of the 11 crew members were saved; two were never found. One of the survivors, the vessel's captain, appears on After the Catch 3. 5
Master Carl Sank in April 1976 returning home from tanner crab season. All four crew members abandoned ship and made it into the life raft, but only two were found alive. 1
Nuka Island Hit by large rogue wave north of St. Paul island, temporarily disabled. 5
Ocean Challenger Four-man crew abandoned ship as boat capsized and took on water in October 2006. One survivor; two bodies found; one body lost. Debris field, EPIRB, and an empty life raft found along with an empty survival suit indicated vessel ultimately sank. Rescue efforts were featured in the season 3 episodes "A Tragic Beginning" and "The Unforgiving Sea". 3
Raven Capsized. All crew rescued by Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

. Later towed to Dutch Harbor and repaired.
pilot
Roaming McGee Built in the early 1980s, this craft was seen briefly at the docks in the season 3 episode "The Hammer and Ice". 3
Rosie G Sank in 1997. Six-man crew escaped in a life raft and were rescued by the Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

.
1
Sea Rover Assisted in the search for Big Valley. 1
Sandra Five Jake Anderson was transferred to Sandra Five from Northwestern to go to Saint Paul Island so he could fly home to his family after his sister died. 5
Shaman Man fell overboard while on the pot stack in 2004 and drowned. pilot
St. Patrick Tipped 90 degrees and took on water in engine compartment in December 1981. Eleven-man crew tied themselves together and leapt into the sea when the life boat was lost. Only two men survived. It was later discovered that the boat had righted herself after the crew abandoned ship; the vessel was found adrift by the Coast Guard
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven U.S. uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency...

 and towed into port still afloat before she finally sank while moored in port.
1
Sultan Man fell overboard and drowned, becoming the sixth fatality within the first 24 hours of the 2005 opilio season. 1
Trailblazer Man fell overboard while tying pot stacks in October 2006; rescued by Time Bandit. 3
Unidentified vessel Shadowed the Wizard and was accused of tampering with the Wizards pots. The vessel is shown on screen but its markings are digitally obscured. 4

Non-fishing vessels

Vessel name/Type Event Season(s)
Cougar Ace
(Cargo)
Rolled over during ballast exchange operations off the Aleutian Islands, and was towed into Dutch Harbor in the first episode of Season 3 3
Independence
(processor
Factory ship
A factory ship, also known as a fish processing vessel, is a large ocean-going vessel with extensive on-board facilities for processing and freezing caught fish...

)
Offloaded the opilio from the Time Bandit, anchored at St. Paul in the middle of a dangerous ice pack. 3
Westward Wind
(processor)
Processor for the Cornelia Marie, anchored at Dutch Harbor for king crab off load 4&5
Island Enterprise
(processor)
Crewmember med-evaced by United States Coast Guard rescue helicopter. 4

(U.S. Coast Guard cutter)
Assisted in the search and rescue efforts when the Katmai sank. 5
Ever Unique
(Cargo)
Crewmember critically injured, medivaced by Coast Guard rescue helicopter. 7

(U.S. Coast Guard cutter)
Conducted an at-sea boarding of the Rollo. 2

(U.S. Coast Guard cutter)
Assisted in search and rescue efforts when the Ocean Challenger sank. 3
USPCC Overseas Joyce
(U.S. Pure Car Carrier freighter)
Witnessed sinking of Ocean Challenger, unable to render aid. 3
Stellar Sea
(processor)
Suffered an engine room fire at the start of the opilio season, forcing the crab boat crews to suspend fishing or look for bairdi crab
Chionoecetes
Chionoecetes is a genus of crabs that live in the northern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.Other names for crabs in this genus include "queen crab" and "spider crab" – they are known by different names in different areas of the world....

. Towed back to Dutch Harbor and repaired.
3
P/V Stimson
(Alaska Marine Enforcement Section Patrol Vessel)
Assisted in search and rescue efforts when the Big Valley sank, and recovered a crew member's body. 1


Instead of footage of being shown, footage of was shown.

Episodes

As of the end of season 5 in 2009, a total of 69 episodes of Deadliest Catch have been shown, not counting the pilot series America's Deadliest Season, which had four episodes. The show draws consistently high ratings for Discovery Channel; season 3 attracted more than 49 million viewers over the course of the season and over 3 million viewers per first-run episode, making it one of 2007's most successful programs on cable TV.

Overall ratings for season 6 have exceeded season 5's by more than 10%; as a result, Deadliest Catch regularly wins its U.S. prime time telecast timeslot (Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST). Ratings for the season opener "Slow Burn" drew a record 4.6 million viewers; on June 22, 2010, "Blown Off Course", the first of five episodes that dealt with Phil Harris' stroke and its impact, drew 5.2 million viewers, more than 10% over "Slow Burn". On July 13, 2010, the episode "Redemption Day", which dealt with the death of Harris at its close, set another record audience for the show with 8.5 million viewers, making the episode the third-most-viewed broadcast in Discovery Channel's history.

Award nominations

Deadliest Catch was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Award
Primetime Emmy Award
The Primetime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming...

s for the 2007 television season. The series itself was nominated for Outstanding Nonfiction Series; the third season episode "The Unforgiving Sea" received nominations for Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming, and Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-camera).

Pilots

The show was created as a regular series after two well-received pilots about Alaskan crabbing were produced by Thom Beers
Thom Beers
Thom Beers is an American television producer and narrator/ voice over artist. Beers, a former producer and executive with Turner Broadcasting and Paramount Syndicated Television, has produced over 40 television series since the mid 1990s, most under the banner of his own production company formed...

 for the Discovery Channel.

The first pilot was a one-hour documentary entitled Deadliest Job in the World, which appeared in 1999. The show, which started with the sinking of the Rosie G (5 on board, all rescued alive), followed the Fierce Allegiance through the 1999 opilio crab season.

The second pilot was a three-part miniseries entitled America's Deadliest Season, which premiered on July 18, 2004, and covered the 2003-04 king and opilio crab seasons. The miniseries followed the vessels Northwestern, Erla-N and Sea Star during king crab, and Erla-N, Saga and Arctic Dawn during opilio crab. The series also features several crises, including the half-capsized Raven (5 on board, all rescued alive), man-overboard calls from Shaman (recovered dead) and Saga (greenhorn Kevin Davis, rescued alive), and the constant threat of cold water and freezing spray.

Beers did the voiceover narration for both series. Discovery picked up the show and ordered an 8-episode season to premiere in 2005. Beers turned the narration duties over to fellow Discovery Channel voice artist Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe may refer to:*Michael Rowe, television writer for Futurama*Mike Rowe , host of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs* Mike Rowe , retired Canadian professional ice hockey player...

, allowing Beers to continue working on new show development through his production company, Original Productions
Original Productions
Original Productions is a television production company based in Burbank, CA. It was founded in 1999 by Thom Beers and was acquired by FremantleMedia in 2009 and made into a subsidiary....

.

Specials

After the Catch is a roundtable documentary
Documentary film
Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record...

-style television mini-series that follows the captains from Deadliest Catch when they're not fishing. The captains and crew members swap stories about the experiences and sights while fishing the Bering Sea. The spin-off series is produced in partnership with Original Productions
Original Productions
Original Productions is a television production company based in Burbank, CA. It was founded in 1999 by Thom Beers and was acquired by FremantleMedia in 2009 and made into a subsidiary....

 and Silent Crow Arts. The first season aired in 2007, filmed at the Lockspot Cafe, a bar in Seattle Ballard
Ballard, Seattle
Ballard is a neighborhood located in the northwestern part of Seattle, Washington. To the north it is bounded by Crown Hill, ; to the east by Greenwood, Phinney Ridge and Fremont ; to the south by the Lake Washington Ship Canal; and to the west by Puget Sound’s Shilshole Bay. The neighborhood’s...

 neighborhood, hosted by Deadliest Catch narrator Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe may refer to:*Michael Rowe, television writer for Futurama*Mike Rowe , host of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs* Mike Rowe , retired Canadian professional ice hockey player...

. After the Catch II aired in 2008, filmed at Pratty's Bar in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Gloucester is a city on Cape Ann in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is part of Massachusetts' North Shore. The population was 28,789 at the 2010 U.S. Census...

 and hosted by Rowe. The third season, titled After the Catch III, aired in 2009 and was filmed at RTs Longboard Bar and Grill in San Diego with Cash Cab
Cash Cab (U.S. game show)
Cash Cab is an American game show that began airing on the Discovery Channel on December 5, 2005. The program is hosted by stand-up comedian Ben Bailey. While Bailey's show takes place in New York City, some episodes of Season 6 take place in Las Vegas...

 Ben Bailey
Ben Bailey
Benjamin Ray "Ben" Bailey is an American comedian, licensed taxi cab driver, and game show host and executive producer for Discovery Channel's Cash Cab in New York City.-Early life:...

 hosting. After the Catch IV aired in 2010, and was filmed at the Blue Nile bar in New Orleans, with Rowe returning as host.

The After the Catch miniseries was one of Discovery Channel's highest rated miniseries in 2007 and spawned several additional after-the-series type follow-up documentaries such as Everest: After the Climb, the 2007 follow-up to Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit
Everest: Beyond the Limit is a Discovery Channel reality television series about yearly attempts to summit Mount Everest organized and led by New Zealander Russell Brice.-Plot summary:...

.

Books

In April 2008, Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand, co-captains of the Time Bandit, with Malcolm MacPherson
Malcolm MacPherson (writer)
Malcolm Cook MacPherson was an American national and foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine and the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books.-Biography:...

, released a book titled Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs (ISBN 978-0345503725) on their experiences as crab fishermen.

Also in April 2008, Discovery Channel released the book Deadliest Catch: Desperate Hours (ISBN 978-0696239427). Edited by Larry Erikson, the book contains true stories of life and death at sea, as related by the captains and deckhands featured on the series.

In December 2009, Travis Arket, deckhand of the North American, released a book titled Deadliest Waters: Bering Sea Photography (ISBN 978-1935359210). This book is the first photography collection to be published about Bering Sea crab fishing, and includes many people from Deadliest Catch.

In March 2010, Sig Hansen, captain of the Northwestern, released the book North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters (ISBN 978-0312591144), co-written with author Mark Sundeen
Mark Sundeen
Mark Sundeen is an American author. His book Car Camping was published by HarperCollins in 2000. His book The Making of Toro was published by Simon & Schuster in 2003. North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters was released in early 2010...

. The book details the Hansen family's history and that of Norwegian Americans in the fishing industry of the Pacific Northwest.

Video games

In February 2008, Sig Hansen and Liquid Dragon Studios announced the upcoming release of a video game for Xbox 360
Xbox 360
The Xbox 360 is the second video game console produced by Microsoft and the successor to the Xbox. The Xbox 360 competes with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles...

 and PC
Personal computer
A personal computer is any general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and original sales price make it useful for individuals, and which is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer operator...

 inspired by the Deadliest Catch series entitled Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm
Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm
Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm is a simulation computer game for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows developed by Liquid Dragon Studios and published by Greenwave Games. The game was created by Northwestern Games.-Overview:...

. Liquid Dragon designers spent time with the Hansens on the Northwestern in the safety of Dutch Harbor and out on the Bering Sea to give them a sense of the real conditions that needed to be duplicated in the game. The game itself features the Northwestern, Cornelia Marie, and Sea Star as crab boats that can be chosen by the player, along with the Bering Star and the Shellfish. On June 17, 2008, the game was released in stores around North America.

A second game, titled Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos, was announced in June 2010 and released in November 2010. It is developed by DoubleTap Games
DoubleTap Games
DoubleTap Games is a video game company with the intent to create original Nintendo DS games with online multiplayer components. DoubleTap was formed after THQ closed the former studio of Helixe in November 2008....

 and published by Crave Entertainment
Crave Entertainment
Crave Entertainment is an American video game company. It was founded in 1997 by Nima Taghavi. Its headquarters is in Newport Beach, California...

.

See also

  • Lobster Wars
    Lobster Wars
    Lobster Wars, also known as Deadliest Catch: Lobstermen in the United Kingdom, is a documentary television series on the Discovery Channel. It documents men and one woman fishing for lobsters off the Georges Bank near the northeastern coast of North America...

  • Lobstermen: Jeopardy at Sea
    Lobstermen: Jeopardy at Sea
    Lobstermen: Jeopardy at Sea is a multi-part documentary/reality show on the Discovery Channel chronicling the fall 2005 North Atlantic lobster fishing season aboard several fishing boats. Created and narrated by Thom Beers, it is heavily patterned after and can be considered a spin-off of fellow...

  • Swords: Life On the Line
    Swords (TV series)
    Swords: Life On the Line is a documentary television series produced by Original Productions for the Discovery Channel. The series documents the events aboard New England fishing boats fishing for Swordfish. See Longline fishing....

  • Whale Wars
    Whale Wars
    Whale Wars is a weekly American documentary-style reality television series that premiered on November 7, 2008 on the Animal Planet cable channel. The program follows Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he and his crew aboard their various vessels harass Japanese...


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