The BEST Episodes of Shark Week

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Network: Discovery

Every year The Discovery Channel dedicates a full week to sharks, this includes newly made specials each year all featuring sharks.

Shark After Dark

#1 - Shark After Dark

Season 2009 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 6, 2009

In this Episode we will see the Shark after Dark. Sharks are most aggressive and most active in the dark but the fact is we know extremely small things about the nocturnal nature of these creatures. In this Episode, a team of diver’s travel around the world and go down into the shark dangerous after-dark hunting grounds. Their goal is to learn more about how Great Whites, Six-Gills, and Tiger Sharks behavior after the sun goes down.

star 10.00
1 votes
When Fish Attack 3

#2 - 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.

star 10.00
3 votes
Shark Alley: Legend of Dynamite

#3 - Shark Alley: Legend of Dynamite

Season 2015 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 29, 2015

star 10.00
1 votes
World's Scariest Animal Attacks

#4 - 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.

star 9.33
3 votes
Ridiculous Cakes: 30th Anniversary of Shark Week

#5 - 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.

star 8.60
5 votes
Monster Mako: Perfect Predator

#6 - 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.

star 8.60
5 votes
Alien Sharks of the Deep

#7 - 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.

star 8.55
11 votes
Mythbusters: Shark Special

#8 - 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!

star 8.50
4 votes
Spawn of Jaws: The Birth

#9 - 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.

star 8.40
5 votes
Top 10 Sharkdown

#10 - 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.

star 8.36
14 votes
Shark School with Michael Phelps

#11 - 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.

star 8.29
7 votes
Nuclear Sharks

#12 - Nuclear Sharks

Season 2016 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 30, 2016

star 8.27
30 votes
Great White Gauntlet

#13 - 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.

star 8.22
9 votes
Air Jaws Strikes Back

#14 - 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.

star 8.22
9 votes
Return to Shark Island

#15 - 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.

star 8.20
5 votes
Shark Trek

#16 - 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.

star 8.19
27 votes
Air Jaws: The Hunted

#17 - 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.

star 8.17
6 votes
Air Jaws: Back From the Dead

#18 - 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.

star 8.17
6 votes
Return to the Isle of Jaws

#19 - Return to the Isle of Jaws

Season 2017 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 24, 2017

Divers and scientists RETURN TO THE ISLE OF JAWS to unlock the mysteries of this new great white hot spot, just south of Western Australia. They make a startling discovery that causes us to re-think of everything we thought we knew about great whites. Produced by Red Rock Films.

star 8.14
28 votes
Zombie Sharks

#20 - Zombie Sharks

Season 2014 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 13, 2014

Zombie Sharks explores tonic immobility, a catatonic zombie-like state that can be achieved in sharks. This shark phenomenon has been studied by scientists for years, but a recent spike in orca whale attacks on great white sharks suggests that orcas have now learned how to immobilize and prey on great whites. Professional diver Eli Martinez looks to prove this theory by being the first person to induce underwater tonic immobility in a massive great white shark.

star 8.13
15 votes
Air Jaws: Walking with Great Whites

#21 - Air Jaws: Walking with Great Whites

Season 2015 - Episode 16 - Aired Aug 30, 2015

star 8.11
9 votes
The Sharks of Headstone Hell

#22 - The Sharks of Headstone Hell

Season 2019 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 29, 2019

Norfolk Island is known to have the largest tiger sharks on earth that are drawn in by full-size animal carcasses tossed into the sea. Shark experts are on a quest to find out if this practice has altered the behavior of these massive sharks.

star 8.10
10 votes
Sharksanity 3

#23 - Sharksanity 3

Season 2016 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 2, 2016

star 8.09
22 votes
Shark Exile

#24 - Shark Exile

Season 2017 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 27, 2017

In Brazil, Dr. Hazin has successfully reduced the number of shark encounters by simply catching and moving sharks out to the open sea. What’s his secret? And can this solution work in Australia, where encounters are a problem? Produced by Sealight Pictures.

star 8.04
27 votes
Shark Vortex

#25 - Shark Vortex

Season 2017 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 24, 2017

Each summer the Gulf Stream pushes north into the waters of southern New England, bringing with it 30 species of shark. Greg Skomal and Joe Romeiro study the annual spectacle, focusing on three sharks – makos, great whites, and porbeagles – that can out-swim, out-think, and out-compete all the others. Produced by 333 Productions and Radley Studios.

star 8.02
46 votes