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Deadliest Catch

Deadliest Catch

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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.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Deadliest Catch

Deadliest Catch - S11E19

#1 - None

6.00

Season 11 - Episode 19

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 1 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S15E16

#2 - Hell Or High Water

7.36

Season 15 - Episode 16

Monte returns to co-captain the Wizard just as massive storms slam the fleet from the south. Jake risks hauling his pots in 30 foot seas to return to his family. Wild Bill goes farther north into the icy Arctic than any other boat in the fleet.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 168 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E14

#3 - Bite the Hand

7.40

Season 11 - Episode 14

As a second major storm slams the fleet, Rookie skipper Jake Anderson reaches out to Sig Hansen for help. Josh Harris arrives on the grounds weeks late. Captain Keith Colburn and Wild Bill Wichrowski struggle to keep their greenhorns in the game.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 186 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E15

#4 - New Blood, Old Wounds

7.44

Season 11 - Episode 15

Late into Opilio season, the fleet battles mental and physical breakdowns. After deliberately defying Sig, Captain Jake Anderson has a shot at redemption. Captain Keith props up one ailing greenhorn after another. Wild Bill must decide to call the Coast Guard for a medevac.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 193 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E9

#5 - Hell's Bells

7.44

Season 11 - Episode 9

Christmas at sea for the Time Bandit is disturbed when an unhinged deckhand terrorizes the crew. Jake Anderson awaits the birth of his baby, when an unexpected phone call throws a wrench in the plan. A greenhorn's season is cut short by a gruesome injury.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 167 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S1E2

#6 - Long Sleepless Nights

7.44

Season 1 - Episode 2

After a long, sleepless night of baiting and setting crab pots, the fishermen anxiously await the captain's call to begin hauling them in. What's in the first pot of the season as it's pulled onto the deck sets the mood for the crew, and the questions on everyone's mind are who's got crab and where are they fishing?Some boats are ""on the crab,"" while others are ""pulling blanks."" The early losers agonize over strategy, hoping to make up for lost catch, while the winners try to figure out how to keep the crab coming. Others just want to start fishing ... One boat has broken the bin boards in its storage tank, which must be fixed before they can pull in their first pot. Every minute spent repairing broken equipment costs the crew serious money, and the greenhorns learn quickly that there's no sympathy for fatigue.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 153 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E5

#7 - Super Typhoon (2)

7.45

Season 11 - Episode 5

Super Typhoon Nuri swallows the fishing grounds. With lives and livelihoods on the line, rookie Josh Harris' weaknesses are exposed, Captain Sig loses control of the Northwestern & Captain Elliott Neese steps down from the helm of the Saga.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 170 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E11

#8 - New Captain on the Block

7.45

Season 11 - Episode 11

The rest of the fleet arrives in Dutch Harbor to take Opilio season by storm. Jake Anderson prepares to captain the Saga for the first time. Captain Andy Hillstrand returns to find the Time Bandit in disarray. Keith Colburn's new greenhorn turns heads.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 185 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S5E14

#9 - Bitter Tears

7.45

Season 5 - Episode 14

After three consecutive 25-hour shifts with poor numbers, dirty crab, and 400,000 pounds (180,000 kg) left in their quota, the crew of the Northwestern begins to think of home. On deck, a slip by Greenhorn Jake Anderson nearly causes him to be crushed under a pot being brought on board. On board the Wizard, Greenhorn Josh Warner tells Captain Keith Colburn that he will be getting off the boat at the end of this trip so that he can see his brother who is shipping off to Iraq. Captain Keith decides that a distracted Josh is a liability on deck and pulls him off the deck. The Cornelia Marie is back to averaging 600 keepers per pot now that the she is no longer sharing fishing grounds with the Wizard. Greenhorn Ryan Simpson accidentally steps into the crab tank, earning the rest of crew a case of beer when they get back into town. The crew of the Wizard is working a 15 hour grind with big numbers. A radio call alerts them about the approaching ice pack, forcing the crew to stack their pots on deck and move to different grounds. The Time Bandit has returned after two days to the pots she had dropped 2 miles (3.2 km) from the ice pack before running to an offload. However, at the designated spot, the pots are nowhere to be found. After some searching, Captain Andy Hillstrand locates their pots and gets good numbers from them. He decides to set back on the same spot. On board the Northwestern, Deckhand Nick Mavar, Jr's wife calls with the news that Jake's sister, Chelsea Dawn Anderson, has died. Nick tells the news to Jake and the Northwestern heads to St. Paul so that Jake can go home to be with his family. After a 47-hour shift, the crew of the Time Bandit hits the rack. Captain Johnathan Hillstrand is at the wheel monitoring the ice pack that is 5 miles (8.0 km) from their northern pots. When he receives a radio report on the movement of the pack, he rouses the crew so they can move all 80 of their pots before the ice pack reaches them. Unfortunately, the 80 pots do not

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 49 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E6

#10 - Wasted Talent

7.47

Season 11 - Episode 6

With a 1.5 million dollar boat of his own and more King Crab quota than any other captain in the fleet, Elliott Neese throws it all away and bids a final farewell. With a baby on the way, Jake Anderson struggles to fill Edgar's shoes on the Northwestern.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 167 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S14E7
#11 - Clash Of Kings
7.48
Season 14 - Episode 7

Jake makes a devil's bargain, huge crab for hidden perils, until his boat itself is on the line. Sig serves cold justice at sea and Wild Bill chases a King Crab jackpot. The Corneila Marie crew learns that when you bet on a boat, the wheelhouse always wins.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 265 votes.

#12 - Crane Wreck
7.48
Season 15 - Episode 13

In stormy seas, the Cornelia Marie's crane goes off the rails, smashing Josh and Casey's wheelhouse and injuring deckhand Taylor. Sig risks navigating a rocky passage in treacherous seas and the Wizard takes a rogue wave without warning.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 182 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S1E7
#13 - High Hopes
7.48
Season 1 - Episode 7

Less than a day into the Opilio crab season, the Bering Sea has already claimed six lives. Despite these losses, the rest of the fleet begins to pull the pots they set 12 hours before, their hopes high. As the weather turns for the better, fishing is made easier, and for the first time this season, there is a moment of calm on the Bering Sea.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 89 votes.

#14 - Battle of Kings
7.49
Season 15 - Episode 1

Hours before king season, a massive new boat with a renegade captain discovers the crab are all in one spot. As the fleet races to find the quarter billion-dollar hoard, captains battle each other and the sea to claim their share of the bounty.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 238 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S1E1
#15 - Greenhorns
7.50
Season 1 - Episode 1

It's the first day of work at the world's deadliest job. Approximately 1,500 fishermen and 250 boats have converged on Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for the 2005 Alaskan king crab season. Each individual old salts and greenhorns alike ” is here to stake his claim on the 14 million pounds of crab that the season is expected to yield, and the chance to earn a year's wages in just one week. To that end, each boat's captain has his own strategy for success.With a radio countdown, the season begins and the first pots are dumped into the sea. It will be many hours before all the pots are set and even longer before anyone rests. But soon after the start, the stabilizer breaks on one of the boats, forcing its crew to fish with a potentially deadly problem. For others, it's fish guts and crab pots as they desperately grasp for their piece of the $80 million king crab pie.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 216 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E17
#16 - I'm the Captain
7.50
Season 11 - Episode 17

The polar ice pack descends upon the fleet, threatening the end of the season. Jake struggles to lead his crew in the worst of conditions. Sig attempts to offload his crab before saving his gear. Casey shows Josh what it means to be a Captain while Keith grinds to the finish.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 183 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S12E11
#17 - Raw Deal
7.50
Season 12 - Episode 11

Keith and Johnathan test the boundaries of partner fishing; Captain Jake struggles with a problematic deckhand; Zack must step up when Wild Bill gives him a shot at the helm.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 412 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S1E3
#18 - Lady Luck
7.50
Season 1 - Episode 3

It's hour 42 of the Alaskan king crab season and every captain feels the pressure, especially since the Alaska Department of Fish and Game just announced an early closure to the season. Each boat has 24 hours to pull out the pots they have in the water and every one of the final pots count. The fishermen either find crab today, or give up their chance at a profitable season; the results can affect these men and their families for the entire year.All of the boats in the fleet face challenges: One captain, nervous about the spot he's chosen to fish, decides to take a gamble on a new location, while another grapples with an injured crew member. And worst of all, some boats still have no crab to show despite the continuous efforts made by their captains and crew.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 122 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S14E10
#19 - Winter's Curse
7.50
Season 14 - Episode 10

A massive tidal surge threatens Josh and Monte as they chase their bounty deep into an arctic storm. Wild Bill hopes to get his broken boat off the dock, while the rest of the fleet arrives for the start of Opilio.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 248 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E7
#20 - Heavy Lies the Crown
7.54
Season 11 - Episode 7

On the Northwestern Jake gets a whiplash style captaining lesson from Sig. A long trip and a prank threaten Captain Johnathan's catch on the Time Bandit. To restore order on the Cornelia Marie Captain Josh must hit below the belt.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Deadliest Catch from 174 votes.

Last updated: apr 22, 2021

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