The BEST Episodes of Deadliest Catch
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2019
Forty-foot waves, 700 pound crab pots, freezing temperatures and your mortality staring you in the face…it's all in a day's work for these modern day prospectors. During each episode we will watch crews race to meet their quota and make it home safely.
#1 - Captain Phil Harris Remembered
Season 6 - Episode 16
Saluting Capt. Phil Harris, who died on Feb. 9, 2010.
#2 - The Bitter, Bloody End
Season 8 - Episode 16
In this special two-hour close to a merciless opilio season, a veteran deckhand pays for a mistake in flesh. Then in the final hours some men rise and some men fall, but not everyone will make it home.
#3 - Endless
Season 6 - Episode 17
Tension runs high on the Northwestern, as Edgar Hansen is fed up with the 22 year marathon of pain, confronts his older brother Sig. Josh Harris returns to the Cornelia Marie and the Opilio Season ends with a harrowing mayday.
#4 - Mohawks and Madness, Goodness and Gladness
Season 7 - Episode 16
The Seabrooke captain fights a painful illness; the Cornelia Marie returns from what could be its final season as the Harris brothers mull over who will run the boat and the Northwestern exacts some revenge.
#5 - Turf War
Season 8 - Episode 2
With the fleet split, a tale of two fisheries emerges. On the Blue grounds, a captains' bet has the boats jockeying for position. On the Red grounds, a returning veteran quickly proves his worth, while another boat copes with a fallen deckhand.
#6 - Collision Course
Season 8 - Episode 12
The polar ice pack invades the opilio crab grounds, forcing the captains to make a decision: grab their gear and run, or keep fishing and fight the floes. Two deckhands fall victim to an ice assault; a captain's troubles are compounded by a call home.
#7 - Vital Signs
Season 8 - Episode 6
As king crab season nears the finish line, the crew of The Wizard faces a life or death situation as a deckhand collapses and struggles to hold on. Catching crab suddenly becomes secondary to a fight for survival on the harsh Bering Sea.
#8 - I Smell a Nightmare
Season 7 - Episode 15
As the Opilio season winds down exhaustion causes tempers to boil over on the Time Bandit; the skippers of the Seabrooke and the Cornelia Marie both suffer injuries.
#9 - I Don't Wanna Die
Season 8 - Episode 7
In a scramble to help their collapsed greenhorn, the Wizard crew calls in a Coast Guard helicopter. For the rest of the fleet, it's a race to haul crab before a hurricane hits, and the last boat fishing waits too long to leave the grounds.
#10 - Nowhere to Go But Down
Season 8 - Episode 9
It's winter in Dutch Harbor and the fleet prepares to hunt Opilio crab. The season looks promising with the quota up and the price high, but tensions rise before the lines are thrown as one deckhand quits, two brothers fight and one goes overboard.
#11 - The Final Battle
Season 9 - Episode 16
The younger generation is put to the test as the fleet races to finish a grueling Opilio season. As defiance on the Wizard turns brother against brother, an accident brings one crabber's career to a gruesome end.
#12 - Breaking Point
Season 7 - Episode 4
A serious injury forces a crew member to his bunk after the crane breaks on the Kodiak, while the Seabrooke's greenhorn has a mental breakdown.
#13 - Skipper Harris in Training
Season 10 - Episode 9
Blood is spilled on the Cape Caution, when a brutal storm rips across the Bering Sea. Rookie boat owner, Josh Harris swallows his pride. Captain Sig fights to keep the Northwestern from going up in flames and captain Keith battles boat-sinking ice.
#14 - The Aftermath
Season 8 - Episode 8
In the aftermath of an arctic hurricane, the fleet struggles to reach the finish line of a brutal king crab season. Poor fishing and quarreling crews make this final push a painful one for every man on the Bering Sea.
#15 - You'll Know My Name Is The Lord...
Season 10 - Episode 16
In the 2-hour season finale of Deadliest Catch, an arctic hurricane strikes the fleet and threatens to sink the Cornelia Marie. The Northwestern needs repair in 30 foot seas. Blood is shed on the Time Bandit. The Wizard looks to have a near perfect season.
#16 - Proving Grounds
Season 7 - Episode 2
Across the Bering Sea crab fleet, bad fishing causes high tensions and low morale as empty pots whittle away profits and nerves among the men
#17 - Sea Change
Season 7 - Episode 9
Massive change strikes every returning boat as Opilio season begins. Edgar finally says farewell to the Northwestern, a new captain boards the Cornelia Marie and the entire fleet is shut down by an epic arctic storm.
#18 - Shipwrecked
Season 5 - Episode 16
The fleet receives a PAN PAN call that a fishing vessel has taken on water off Akutan Island. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk arrives on scene to find the Icy Mist grounded on the western shore of Akutan. The Jayhawk crew attempt to lower their rescue basket to the deck of the boat, but 50 mph (80 km/h) gusts force the crew to abort the rescue attempt. Radio communication is lost with the boat and the crew decides to attempt to go on shore using a line attached to a cod pot that was knocked off the deck and washed ashore. After all four crew members make it ashore and climb part way up a cliff, the Jayhawk lowers the rescue basket and hoists all four crew members to safety. The rescued crew men are taken to Dutch Harbor as news of the rescue spreads across the fleet. Still in the middle of the storm, the Wizard has 15,000 pounds (6,800 kg) left in her quota. With terrible conditions out on deck, Captain Keith Colburn tells the crew to launch a pot, ready the next pot in the launcher, and then quickly return inside. The crew repeats this process into the last of her 20 pots are launched. The Northwestern is riding out the storm on the lee side of St. Paul. A radio call goes out that the Nuka Island, only 600 yards (550 m) behind the Northwestern, has rolled 90° to starboard. The Sea Star heads over to Nuka Island to assist, but Nuka Island's captain Norman Lennon has already stabilized the boat and no assistance is needed. The Wizard still finds herself in the storm after 20 hours, but her battles through the weather to haul the last pots of the season. Captain Keith decides that conditions are too hazardous and pulls the crew off the deck. Moments later, a 40-foot (12 m) wave crashes over the deck, causing the pots on deck to crash into the rail. When dawn breaks, Captain Keith orders the crew out to secure the deck and the pots. When the crew is slow to follow Captain Keith's orders, he orders them inside for a pep talk to get them to move faster. Nine hours later, the crew pulls the last pot of the season from the sea. On board the Cornelia Marie, the storm has passed and Josh Harris is on the rail to throw the hook for the last string of the season to show his father, Captain Phil Harris, that he is ready to become a full share deck hand. Josh bets the crew a case of beer that he will not miss any of his throws with the hook. Captain Phil does not make things easy for Josh. On the second to last throw, Josh makes the toss, but drops the buoy when trying to hook it to the block. Josh says that was a "drop" not a "miss" so does not lose the bet. Captain Phil makes the last toss have to be a long one with the boat moving at a fast speed. Josh makes the difficult toss to the surprise of the crew. Captain Phil presents his son with a gold chain for the work he has done this past season. The fleet returns to their home ports until the next season.
#19 - Thick as Thieves
Season 7 - Episode 7
The police are called in after a confrontation on the Cornelia Marie while an injury onboard the Ramblin' Rose causes the rookie skipper to have a change of heart.
#20 - Breaking Mandy
Season 10 - Episode 14
Sig orders a classic Northwestern grind, Mandy learns what it's really like to be a greenhorn. With major repairs on the Time Bandit, Captain Andy is faced with a tough decision.
#21 - Trials of the Greenhorns
Season 3 - Episode 10
Several greenhorns are put to the test as the Bering Sea's harsh winter weather deteriorates. The one on the Wizard is already faltering under the grueling working conditions; but the ones on the Northwestern and Cornelia Marie step up to prove their worth.
#22 - Falling Down
Season 10 - Episode 6
With one captain in the hospital and another on a bender, fishing has come to a halt on two boats. Out at sea an alleged felon is trapped, a boat goes dark, and on the Time Bandit... well, Captain Johnathan just wants to be young again.
#23 - Ice and Open Water
Season 3 - Episode 11
The 2007 Opilio Crab season continues to march on despite the dangerous risks faced by the fleet.
#24 - Man Overboard
Season 1 - Episode 6
With one boat sunk and its crew missing, several Good Samaritan boats postpone their season to comb the frigid waters of the Bering Sea for survivors. The tragic news travels fast, but captains too far away to help with the search and rescue decide to concentrate on the baiting and setting of pots. As the remaining 170 boats in the fleet turn their attention to fishing, though, tragedy strikes again. A frantic call comes in over the radio from a boat whose deckhand has fallen overboard. The reality of another death strikes a nervous chord throughout the fleet and keeps everyone on edge as they continue to chase America's deadliest catch.
#25 - The Final Hour
Season 4 - Episode 16
As the Oppie season drawls to the end the captains race to catch the last of their remaining quotas, battling ice and equipment issues. The Time Bandit's Scottie makes a near fatal mistake working the hydraulic system. An ominous message comes across the radio as the men head for home ports.