I have been watching this show since even before season one. (on the tip of my tongue. I just can not remember the name of the show that first featured the crab fishing industry).
I am surprised since we have a Oak Island topic, a Gold Rush topic, and even Skin Walker Ranch that no one has ever started this topic.
This is my 2nd favorite TV show period, I always watch, and I have some of the seasons on DVD also.
(My first favorite TV shows are NFL games).
I like Oak Island, but it gets boring. I like Gold Rush, but they fake a lot of that, I am a excavator operator, and I know some of that is fake.
Anyway, back to Deadliest Catch. It was so sad when Phil Harris died, and then his kids were just lost for a while.
I am glad they are doing better now, and the new Bloodline show that Josh is doing is pretty good also, my girlfriend loves it better than just watching empty crab pot, empty crab pot, full crab pot, full crab pot, etc.
Anyway, I am sure a lot of this is just "made for TV", but a whole lot of it is very real.
There have been so many boats to sink through the years, and so many lives lost, and pretty sure all of that is real.
And man those big waves, and all that ice that you have to pound off with hammers all the time, they can have all that, I just like watching on TV, no way would I ever want to mess with that, even if I could make 50 grand in a few weeks like a lot of times those deckhands make.
We are nearing the end of season 17 now, so this show has been around for a long time.
(and not the confessional, but I confess if done right, I think Deadliest Catch could be a awesome pinball machine).