Discovery reality veteran “Deadliest Catch” is a compelling brisk watch, and the captains are the engine of the series. Especially Sig, pardon my part-Norwegian bias.
UPDATE: RIP Capt. Tony Lara of the Cornelia Marie
The 2-hour season finale will air on Tuesday, August 18.
This was a good season for Jake Anderson. “Catch” viewers have watched Anderson’s journey as Sig’s protege as a Northwestern greenhorn, as he dealt with many personal tragedies, and defeated some drug and alcohol issues. Now he has emerged as a leader and new father to boot this year. Fellow TCA peer Kate O’Hare posted an uplifting interview with our Jake here.
This season saw all the fisherman go back to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, with fresh conviction that they belong on the Bering Sea.
However, for them to succeed…things had to change.
This truly authentic series has been nominated for four Emmys this year, including Outstanding Reality Show (unstructured). Since its premiere in April 2005, the show has received a total of 38 Emmy nominations and won for Outstanding Reality Program last year.
DEADLIEST CATCH – VIEWERSHIP STATS:
- Deadliest Catch reigns as Discovery’s highest-rated season in network history, in most key demos
- Deadliest Catch premiere episodes are not only one of the most popular shows on television among men, but also among women.
- The previous season finale of Deadliest Catch was the #1 cable program among Men (M25-54 delivery) for the evening. In fact, it was the #1 Tuesday evening cable program among Men its entire 16 week run
- However, it wasn’t just Men watching. The Catch season finale was a Top-10 cable program among Women (Women 25-54 delivery, #8)…and it was the #3 non-fiction cable program for Women (W25-54 delivery) that evening, behind only LIFE Dance Moms and OWN Haves and Have Nots.
- The season finale of Deadliest Catch averaged 1.11 million female viewers (W2+). This coupled with the 1.79 million male viewers made it one of the most popular telecasts of the evening
We asked the captains to give Monsters and Critics their best recollections on an episode or season past as we approach the finale:
“My favorite episode is the moment that Captain Phil said to his son Jake, ‘You can be an astronaut if you want to. You gotta earn it!’” To me, that sums up pretty much everything it takes to be a fisherman. Nothing is given to you. It also shows how family dynamics come second when it comes to work ethics.”
– Captain Sig Hansen
“Season 11, the current one, is the best. The episode where my son Aiden was just born and I leave to go run my first boat is my favorite. That episode involved the two biggest things that happened in my life – becoming a father and running my first boat. It signified my personal and professional goals being met.”
– Captain Jake Anderson
“My favorite episode and season is ‘I Don’t Wanna Die (season 8)’. I’ve never been more proud of my crew for handling an emergency the way they did. Also…no one died!”
– Captain Keith Colburn
“My favorite episode? That’s a tough one. There are so many to choose from! Probably my favorite is when my brothers and I saved Josh White from a sure death with only seconds to spare. On top of saving him that day, it was his birthday! This was one of the Time Bandit’s and my greatest achievements.”
– Captain Johnathan Hillstrand
“The episode that comes to mind is where we pulled one of the guys out of the water, who feel off the trailblazer. We didn’t have any time to think about it. We saw Josh fall in the water and had him out in 3 ½ minutes. Though it felt like a lifetime.”
– Captain Andy Hillstrand
“My favorite moments from the show involved my brother, my dad and I laughing and joking on the Cornelia Marie. Getting the boat back was a huge moment for me, and of course, the passing of my father. But looking back, remembering the good times and epic memories the three of shared together… those were the best times of my life.”
– Captain Josh Harris
“My favorite episode was in Season 10 when I had to pull the boat away from the dock in 100 knot blow (wind) and I didn’t screw up for the whole world to see! Anywhere else in the world, they call that a hurricane. We just call it a blow. It was the most intense boat move in my life.”
– Captain Casey McManus
“This may surprise people given all the difficulties in this particular season, but one of my favorite episodes of Deadliest Catch involves greenhorn Kelly Collins. It’s the show when he tried to turn himself into Alaskan authorities, I called the Marshal, and the Marshal allowed me to keep Kelly on board through the end of the season. I wanted him to follow through on his commitment, and although he did it reluctantly, he did. I hear now that he brags about finishing the season.”
– Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski
“My favorite episode and season of Deadliest Catch was one a few years back when I was struggling with throwing the hook. After an intense conversation about it with my dad [Captain Wild Bill], my skills improved. And I think that was a turning point not only in my career, but also in our relationship. We reached a new level of understanding that continues to this day.”
– Engineer Zack Larson
“My favorite is the episode where we anchored at St. Paul Island and broke the cable to our anchor. Having no drag hook, I built one out of spare steel and an emergency steering bar. We hooked our anchor chain the first tow! But we didn’t get it tied off fast enough. Sig came out wondering what we were doing. At the same time, the boat is turning with the tide and wind. All the tension from a 2000 pound anchor and chain were hanging from our boom and a ½ inch cable. Literally pulling to boat on its side. Talk about scary!
– Deck Boss Edgar Hansen
“My favorite episode was in season five and Phil Harris described crab farts. God bless him.”
– Deckhand Amy Majors