Deadliest Catch

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Apr 12, 2005 on Discovery Channel
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Episode Summary

The Deadliest Job in America is claimed to be crab fishing on the Bering Sea. Some 1,500 fishermen and a fleet of 250 boats have come to Dutch Harbor, Alaska for the 2005 Alaskan King crab season. There are 14 million pounds of crab available for the fishermen to bring home. A good season can make one man a year's salary in just a few days!

The season starts and the boats are off! Problems and fish guts is the name if the game! Every man will work harder and pull longer hours just to grab a piece of an $80 million prize.

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    John Patrick White

    John Patrick White

    is the green horn on the SeaStar

    Adam Evich

    Adam Evich

    Northwestern, Deckhand

    Mike Rowe

    Mike Rowe


    Coleman Anderson

    Coleman Anderson

    Western Viking, Captain

    Edgar Hansen

    Edgar Hansen

    Northwestern, Engineer/Deck Boss

    Larry Hendricks

    Larry Hendricks

    Sea Star, Captain

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

    • QUOTES (4)

    • NOTES (12)

      • This episode marks the coverage of two new boats:

        The Fierce Allegiance captained by Tony LaRussa
        The Western Viking captained by Coleman Anderson

      • The Fierce Allegiance, was also featured in the 1999 Special "The World Most Dangerous Job" that is considered by many of the fans as the pilot episode. It was also featured in other Thom Beer's series "American's Toughest Jobs".

      • The DVD verions of this series the profanity is edited out as well.

      • The Crab Count:
        The Fierce Allegiance: 0
        The Lucky Lady: 0
        The Saga: 0
        The Northwestern: 0
        The Sea Star: 0

      • In the original planning Deadliest Catch, was that Mike was to be the host of the show, not just the narrator, but because of Dirty Jobs becoming a full series, Mike wasn't able to host the show.

      • The Discovery Channel promised a $250,000 award to the boat that harvested the most Red King Crab. A move that was both protested by Coast Guard and the industry itself.

      • The Northwestern, the Sea Star, and the Saga, are the only three boats that were in the three part Mini-series, "American Deadliest Season: Alaskan Crab Fishing", that returned for this series.

      • The theme song for Deadliest Catch is "Wanted: Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi. But it only plays on the North Ameican edtion, on the European edtions a remix of "Wanted: Dead or Alive is play without any lyrics. Also this remixed version of "Wanted: Dead or Alive" is played on the DVD versions.

      • Alaska became a state in 1959, since then nearly 2 billion pounds of red king crab have been plucked from Alaska's waters.

      • Red king crab is the second most valuable species to fishers; red salmon comes in at number 1.

      • In the state of Alaska, crew members must purchase their own commercial fishing license. This ranges in cost from $60 to $125.

      • Greenhorns are new members to the crew. They are individuals doing their first year of crab fishing.

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