There are few realty series that garner so much positive attention as The Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” Ever since the show began in 2005 people have been hooked, unlike most other reality series there is no need for the show runners to attempt to create conflict by setting up obstacle courses or have a million dollar grand prize waiting for a winner. No, “Deadliest Catch” has what almost none of the other reality shows have going for it, real danger. The crews that have been followed over the seasons are in real danger when they go out on the ocean to fish for different varieties of crab throughout Alaska’s Bering Sea.
The Elements that Continue To Make “Deadliest Catch” Must See TV:
Authentic Hardworking People: The crews displayed on this show are common guys who have taken up a very dangerous job. The idea that it just takes a few connections and a willingness to work very hard is so appealing to many people. Even though the work conditions are extreme and there is always danger on a crab boat, viewers find themselves wishing they too could test their metal on a crab fishing boat and earn a substantial income through hard physical work. It’s not uncommon when watching “Deadliest Catch” to hear from those you are watching with say: “I would love to do that for a season.”
The Danger of Being Killed In an Accident: Accidents do happen on the show. People are cut, concussed and battered. There is always the looming danger of the ship being capsized by a rouge wave, a fatal mechanical failure or just getting washed off deck by an unexpected wave. The danger is real and there have been many close calls caught on camera by the show’s film crew.
The Cold: Television has its limits you can’t taste or smell anything being displayed on it. But one thing that can be illustrated very effectively through this media and that is cold. While watching “Deadliest Catch” the film crew does an outstanding job at capturing just how cold and miserable the conditions the fishermen work with. Just watching this show can give you the chills.
The Adventure: The draw of life at sea is not so far fetched and viewers of the show get a healthy helping of sea life from each episode of “Deadliest Catch.” Though the ships crews are fishermen they are also on a bit of an adventure, away from most comforts and cares all of the crews followed throughout the seasons have made it clear that they are fishing because there is money to be made and they love being on the sea.