Why Is The ‘Deadliest Catch’ So Interesting?

Keith Colburn, Jake Anderson, Josh Harris, Sig Hansen, Sean Dwyer, Casey McManus, Deadliest Catch-https://www.instagram.com/p/BpWPVvVAlxj/

The Deadliest Catch in 2019 is still interesting to viewers of the Discovery reality series. What makes this show about crab fishing so entertaining for people, even after 15 Seasons? It is the stories and the characters.

The Deadliest Catch Is Interesting Because The Reality Is Real

When Captain Phil Harris had a stroke that wound up ending his life, he wanted to make sure that the cameras were still running. Entertainment Weekly reported that when the Cornelia Marie captain had woken up from a medically-induced coma, the producers told him that they would leave and give him his “space.” Captain Phil could not talk, so he used his hands to indicate that he wanted to write a message. He managed to write, “No, we need a great finish to this story.” The affable captain wanted viewers to get the full reality of crab fishing.

Part of this reality is the addiction, and that includes Captain Phil’s youngest son, Jake Harris. Before his stroke, Phil caught Jake stealing pain pills from his room. In an emotional scene, Phil begged Jake to go into treatment and he promised he would help him. Sadly, Phil didn’t live long enough to do so. Since then,  Jake Harris has been in a cycle of trouble with drugs and the law. Recently, it was reported that he was arrested for a felony DUI, and drugs as he was caught trying to outrun law enforcement in an RV.

Then, there is the story of Nick McGlashan. Captain Bill Wichroswki and fans were led to believe the Summer Bay deckhand had cancer. Instead, it turns out he had a drug addiction. Captain Bill stood by his deckhand, and brought him back to his boat after Nick completed his drug treatment. A fan favorite, he is a regular on Twitter, interacting with fans and talking about his battle with addiction. You may even see him battle it online with former Saga captain Elliot Neese!

The World Of Crab Fishing Is Unpredictable

Crab fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. A big part of it is the unpredictable Bering Sea. The Bering Sea isn’t beholden to anyone, and can turn on a boat in a matter of seconds. On February 11, 2017, the Destination was out fishing like any other crab boat. Before a distress call was ever made, the boat sunk.

According to the Seattle Times, the belief is that the pots were getting icy from the freezing spray of Bering Sea water. The ice build up on the stacked metal pots likely weighed down the boat, causing a catastrophe that caught longtime Captain Jeff Hathaway, and his experienced crew by surprise. A lot of friends were lost in the tragedy of the Destination.


The Personal Stories Make People Care

It is not just the stories on the boat that make people care, it is also the personal stories. Perhaps one of the most interesting stories is the coming of age journey of Captain Jake Anderson. In 2007, Jake was the Northwestern greenhorn, dealing with the pranks of the Hansen brothers. In 2009, Jake suffered a tragedy, when his sister Chelsea Dawn Anderson died of pneumonia. Then, Jake’s father, Keith Anderson went missing, but his truck appeared abandoned. It would be a few years later til a hiker found his father’s remains and the emotional Jake felt the wound rip open, as he dealt with his confirmation of his father’s death.  Over the years, Deadliest Catch fans have seen Jake emotionally go from lowly greenhorn to Saga captain.

Recently, Mandy Hansen-Pederson shared some tragic news that TV Shows Ace reported on. Fans of the show poured out their support and love in the comments field of the article and on Mandy’s Instagram post. She may be the back up captain for her father Sig Hansen, but she is loved by fans for herself.

The Deadliest Catch 2019 is returning with a new captain, Steve “Harley” Davidson who should add to the rich storytelling that brings fans back to this popular reality show. He is new to the show, as the Hillstrands are done with fishing and selling the Time Bandit, but Harley has been crab fishing for 15 years. He already has some history with Captain Keith Colburn of the Wizard that should reveal more untold fishing stories. Considered a “cutthroat,” Captain Harley will be an intriguing addition to this show that is more than just a fishing tale.

Why do you like to watch the Deadliest Catch? Do you have a storyline or other reason that you love this show? Please share your comments and favorite show memories below. The Deadliest Catch Season 15 premieres on April 9, 9:00 p.m., ET/PT on Discovery.

Georgia Makitalo


  1. I have watched since season one and in 2010 Josh Harris and I became long distance friends…I love watching the industry evolve and the younger captains and crews stepping up. I enjoy watching them learn from experiences and seeing how they deal with new industry issues and regulations. Most fans enjoy watching them deal with high seas, equipment issues and crews. I enjoy watching my friends as they work.

    1. I have watch the show from season one. I love to watch the real lives of the Captains and the crews. To see their work and what they have to deal with working and dealing with their personal issues. Even that I don’t know them personally I feel connected to them in someway. When Captain Phil had his stroke and ended up dying. I cried so hard like I lost a family member. So happy Josh took over the Cornelia Marie. My wish is to meet them in person.

  2. Love watching since the beginning. The Brotherhood of these crews are amazing. Just watching what they go through on those boats is amazing and tense at the same time. Interesting to see the new younger captions evolve through their hardships and happy times.. Good luck to them all on a great/safe season.

  3. I began watching it because I love Alaska. I became enthralled with the reality of how our food is brought to us. I fell in love with all the crew. Their lives are so much like our own. They are struggling just like us. They face adversity and tragedy. They work hard to provide for their families and the world. They give me hope that I am not alone in my own struggles. That bad things happen to everyone, that addiction doesn’t just happen to the rich and famous. They bring us a diversion to our own struggles. I pray for them all daily.

  4. I love this show, I stopped watching it for awhile after Capt. Phil passed away. That was a hard one!
    The new Captain I have to say I don’t care for Steve Harley Davidson. He is rude to his crew making
    them work in 20’ seas because he wanted to get back to port a few hours later. I know some of the other Captains work their crews hard… but they don’t endanger their crews. Plus I thought what he did to Capt.
    Colburn was wrong. I know you don’t go out there to make friends, but it’s plain stupid to burn bridges.
    Especially on the Bering Sea where the rest of the Captains have a brotherhood they live by.

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