The BEST Episodes of Shark Week
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 7, 2021
Every year The Discovery Channel dedicates a full week to sharks, this includes newly made specials each year all featuring sharks.
#1 - When Fish Attack 3
Season 2011 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 4, 2011
Travel the waters of the world to meet people who made some pretty dumb mistakes around dangerous sea creatures, including sharks, as well as folks who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Each story includes actual footage of the events and expert analysis.
#2 - Shark Alley: Legend of Dynamite
Season 2015 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 29, 2015
#3 - World's Scariest Animal Attacks
Season 2012 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 15, 2012
Ten of the most terrifying animal attacks filmed by eyewitnesses. Some of the world's biggest predators - a 15 foot shark, raging elephants, and a half ton bull turn their attention towards people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
#4 - Return to Shark Vortex
Season 2021 - Episode 20 - Aired Jul 17, 2021
As the Shark Vortex retreats in the fall, sharks battle it out for dominance in New England's icy waters. Experts brave rough oceans and fierce predators to capture new footage and insight of the phantom shark and reveal which shark reigns supreme.
#5 - Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek
Season 2021 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 12, 2021
Josh Gates links up with his childhood hero, William Shatner, to boldly go where Shark Week has never gone before. The mission: enter shark-infested waters to understand the nature of fear and come face to face with an apex predator. This is Shark Trek.
#6 - Ridiculous Cakes: 30th Anniversary of Shark Week
Season 2018 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 16, 2018
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Shark Week" with a 4-foot-tall cake; the hunt for Bigfoot leads to a sweet encounter for a Seattle cake artist; an entire cake is decorated with only buttercream frosting.
#7 - Monster Mako: Perfect Predator
Season 2019 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 1, 2019
The search is on for the elusive grander mako, the largest of its kind in the world. Brand new footage captured off the coast of California reveals rare mako behavior.
#8 - Alien Sharks of the Deep
Season 2013 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 8, 2013
Follow American and Japanese scientists as they descend into the deepest and darkest unexplored oceans on Earth in search of some of the more incredible and bizarre sharks on the planet.
#9 - Mythbusters: Shark Special
Season 2008 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 27, 2008
Using their signature sci-tech style of explosive experimentation, the MythBusters hit the deep blue from California to the Bahamas to investigate myths about sharks. They are honing in on some doozies this year: Do dogs attract sharks? Do the vibrations caused by a flapping injured fish attract sharks? Does chili powder repel sharks? And hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman create the ultimate SHARK WEEK build – a 16-foot-long robo-shark!
#10 - Return to Lair of the Great White
Season 2021 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 14, 2021
Dr. Craig O'Connell and Marc Payne return to where they unexpectedly filmed a juvenile great white during a past mission. Believing there's a nursery nearby, they follow the trail to a discovery that could change everything we know about great whites.
#11 - Voodoo Sharks
Season 2013 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 5, 2013
Bull Sharks have moved to the bayous of Louisiana, nicknamed "Voodoo Sharks" by the local shrimp fishermen. These dominant and startling predators can live in both salt and fresh water.
#12 - Spawn of Jaws: The Birth
Season 2014 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 13, 2014
Dr. Michael Domeier has spent years scouring the Pacific Ocean hoping to solve one of the greatest mysteries of shark science: the location of great white pupping grounds. In 2013, he set the process in motion by successfully tagging a pregnant female shark that he called Gil Rakers. Now he’s returning to the sea in Spawn of Jaws 2: The Birth to follow her journey and be the first to capture the birth of a baby great white shark.
#13 - Top 10 Sharkdown
Season 2013 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 7, 2013
TOP 10 SHARKDOWN updates the international shark attack files for the 21st century and takes a closer look at the sharks viewers won't want to meet at the beach this summer - and the ones swimmers and surfers are most likely to encounter. From the weird - the feisty cookie cutter, which bites cookie-shaped circles out of its prey; to the macabre, like the Sand Tiger, whose cannibalistic young devour each other in the womb; to the infamous Great Whites, Tiger Sharks and Bull Sharks - TOP 10 SHARKDOWN ranks these amazing predators.
#14 - Jackass Shark Week
Season 2021 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 11, 2021
Johnny Knoxville sends Steve-O, Chris Pontius and new Jackass cast members on a Shark Week mission for the ages. They'll dial up a series of shark stunts that test their bravery and threshold of pain as they put common shark myths to the test.
#15 - Shark School with Michael Phelps
Season 2017 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 30, 2017
Michael Phelps joins Doc Gruber and Tristan Guttridge of the Bimini Shark Lab to get a crash course on everything ‘shark.’ They’ll dispel the myths and common misconceptions, teach him how to safely dive with sharks - including how to stay calm when a hammerhead swims two feet above his face - and will get Michael Phelps up close and personal with the incredible power of a Great White. Produced by Peacock Productions.
#16 - Nuclear Sharks
Season 2016 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 30, 2016
#17 - Mechashark
Season 2021 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 14, 2021
To track down New Zealand's monster great whites, researchers build a submersible designed to look like a shark and pilot it deep into what they believe could be a mating ground - the Holy Grail of shark science.
#18 - Great White Gauntlet
Season 2013 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 8, 2013
Abalone diving can be both lucrative and dangerous when it happens in one of the most deadly shark feeding grounds, known as the "Great White Gauntlet", off the south coast of Australia.
#19 - Air Jaws Strikes Back
Season 2019 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 30, 2019
Neil Hammershlag and Enrico Gennari use a drone-towed seal decoy to study and capture harrowing and dramatic battles between sharks and seals in the waters off South Africa.
#20 - Return to Shark Island
Season 2019 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 1, 2019
Reunion Island shark encounters are on the rise leaving the locals afraid to get in the water. Shark scientists investigate the ongoing shark crisis to find a way for sharks and people to coexist and live peacefully.
#21 - Crikey! It's Shark Week
Season 2021 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 11, 2021
Robert Irwin comes face to face with a great white shark for the ﬁrst time ever. Following his father's footsteps, he will get as close as possible to these incredible creatures to determine which apex predator reigns supreme – crocs or great whites?
#22 - Shark Trek
Season 2015 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 5, 2015
Shark expert, Greg Skomal and a team of engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution embark on a mission to find out why Great White sightings in Florida are on the rise. It's the biggest study ever of Atlantic great whites.
#23 - Megalodon: The Extended Cut
Season 2014 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 15, 2014
#24 - Air Jaws: The Hunted
Season 2018 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 24, 2018
In 2017, five great whites washed up dead on the beaches in South Africa. Shark Expert Alison Towner believes they were eaten alive. She teams up with Chris Fallows and Andy Casagrande to find out who killed them and how to save the species in the future.
#25 - Air Jaws: Back From the Dead
Season 2018 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 25, 2018
After visiting the shores of South Africa to watch great white sharks preying on seals 17 years ago, Jeff Kurr and Chris Fallows are back together again to discover how the great whites in New Zealand go after their kills.