Deadliest Catch

10 Worst Episodes of Deadliest Catch

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 08, 2023.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

PPS: I will admit that parts of this page was written with the help of AI - it makes my work so much easier to not start from a blank page!

Deadliest Catch - S11E15

#10 - New Blood, Old Wounds (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 7.51 from 170 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E17

#9 - I'm the Captain (Season 11 - Episode 17)


The polar ice pack descends, threatening the season; Jake leads his crew in bad conditions; Sig tries to offload his crab; Keith grinds to the finish.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 163 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S12E11

#8 - Raw Deal (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 7.49 from 340 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S12E5

#7 - Million-Dollar-Bet (Season 12 - Episode 5)


Jake Anderson tries a dangerous short cut with only one working engine on the boat. Casey and Josh perform surgery at sea. Edgar Hansen captains the ship while his son Eric works as greenhorn. Captain Keith turns his life around.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 354 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E6

#6 - Wasted Talent (Season 11 - Episode 6)

With a higher king crab quota than any other captain, Elliott Neese bids farewell. Jake Anderson struggles to fill Edgar's shoes.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 145 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S15E16

#5 - Hell Or High Water (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 7.45 from 172 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E5

#4 - Super Typhoon (2) (Season 11 - Episode 5)

The fishing grounds are engulfed by the typhoon. Josh's weaknesses are exposed. Captain Sig loses control of the Northwestern. Elliott steps down.

The episode was rated 7.45 from 152 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S5E14

#3 - Bitter Tears (Season 5 - Episode 14)


Weeks into the Opilio Season, the fleet is bone tired and desperate for home. As delirium sets in, deadly, rib-crunching mistakes are made. But for one fisherman, a tragedy on land spells gut-wrenching, heartbreak at sea.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 42 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E11

#2 - New Captain on the Block (Season 11 - Episode 11)

The remainder of the fleet arrives in Dutch Harbor. Jake prepares to captain the Saga for the first time. Andy finds the Time Bandit in disarray. Keith's new greenhorn turns heads.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 163 votes.

Deadliest Catch - S11E14

#1 - Bite the Hand (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 7.38 from 164 votes.

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