The Best Episodes of Deadliest Catch

Captain Phil Harris Remembered

#1 - Captain Phil Harris Remembered 9.04

Season 6 - Episode 16

Saluting Capt. Phil Harris, who died on Feb. 9, 2010.

Vital Signs

#2 - Vital Signs 8.54

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.

Turf War

#3 - Turf War 8.46

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.

The Bitter, Bloody End

#4 - The Bitter, Bloody End 8.44

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.

Collision Course

#5 - Collision Course 8.42

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.

I Smell a Nightmare

#6 - I Smell a Nightmare 8.39

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.

Mohawks and Madness, Goodness and Gladness

#7 - Mohawks and Madness, Goodness and Gladness 8.38

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.

I Don't Wanna Die

#8 - I Don't Wanna Die 8.35

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.

The Aftermath

#9 - The Aftermath 8.34

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.

Nowhere to Go But Down

#10 - Nowhere to Go But Down 8.33

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.

The Final Battle

#11 - The Final Battle 8.32

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.

Storm Season

#12 - Storm Season 8.27

Season 4 - Episode 9

The Opilio season begins. A dual storm system challenges a patched Cornelia Marie and almost costs the Time Bandit two of her men. A medical emergency on one of the boats brings in the U.S. Coast Guard, but the dangerous freezing spray puts everyone's lives at risk.

Rise and Fall

#13 - Rise and Fall 8.26

Season 8 - Episode 10

With unrelenting northerly winds bearing down on the fleet, every skipper steels himself for battle with the descending polar ice pack. And as temperatures drop on the grounds, tempers on deck flare up.

No Mercy

#14 - No Mercy 8.26

Season 4 - Episode 5

The seas are rough and they'll only get rougher.The Time Bandit has a dangerous electrical short. On the Cornelia Marie, Phil's health deteriorates. The Early Dawn boats driving with a sleeping greenhorn at the wheel. Fights between deckhands break out on the Northwestern.

Greatest Game Ever Fished

#15 - Greatest Game Ever Fished 8.26

Season 10 - Episode 13

It's Super Bowl Sunday on the Bering Sea. The Cornelia Marie battles 20-foot breakers to enter St. Paul, a blown prop on the Time Bandit causes a rift that pulls the Hillstrand apart and "Wild" Bill takes his deck boss to task.

You'll Know My Name Is The Lord...

#16 - You'll Know My Name Is The Lord... 8.25

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.


#17 - Endless 8.25

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.

The Gamble

#18 - The Gamble 8.25

Season 8 - Episode 1

A slashed crab quota has captains reeling before the boats hit the water. With the fleet set to fight over half the catch, each skipper is forced to decide: roll the dice on the depleted Red grounds or risk it all to hunt for the elusive Blue crab.

We're Not in Kansas Anymore...

#19 - We're Not in Kansas Anymore... 8.23

Season 6 - Episode 8

Ice bashing takes its toll on the fleet; an exhausted crew tries to keep up with the skipper's maniacal pace on the Northwestern.

The Hook

#20 - The Hook 8.21

Season 8 - Episode 4

Halfway through the King crab gauntlet, the beaten-down crews must dig deep to get over the midseason hump. As the crab counts dwindle and the weak fall by the wayside, the skippers give their youngest deckhands a choice: step up or step off.

Thick as Thieves

#21 - Thick as Thieves 8.20

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.

Breaking Mandy

#22 - Breaking Mandy 8.18

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.

Birds, Bones and Blood

#23 - Birds, Bones and Blood 8.18

Season 7 - Episode 11

A crewman's nose gets broken on the Northwestern; the Ramblin' Rose takes a gamble as a winter storm rips through the crab-fishing grounds; danger at the dock for the Time Bandit.

Sea Change

#24 - Sea Change 8.17

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.

As Catch as Catch Can

#25 - As Catch as Catch Can 8.17

Season 4 - Episode 15

The Arctic ice pack descends on the fleet as they make their final runs. Both the crews of the Northwestern and Wizard battle freezing spray. The Cornelia Marie's crew suffers from "Bering Sea dementia" while the Time Bandit's crew is at its breaking point.