The show is a docu-series (documentary series…which I may have just made up) about fishermen in the Bering Sea during Alaskan king crab fishing season. I know, it sounds lame, but a good source (my dad) says it is actually fascinating. There are big storms that knock these ships – and the people aboard – around. It focuses on the dangers of this job, and how scary it can really be on the rough seas.
The show recently got public notice this past January when its captain, Phil Harris, died of a massive stroke. According to the article, Harris started working on fishing boats when he was 7-years-old, and began working on crab boats when he was 17. By the time he was 21, Harris was running a fishing vessel out of Seattle, making him one of the youngest captains in the Bering Sea.
Currently in its sixth season, The Deadliest Catch airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The Discovery Channel.