Swords: Life on the Line

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Tuesday 9:00 PM on Discovery Channel Premiered Aug 11, 2009 Between Seasons

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Swords: Life On The Line takes cameras into the high risk world of New England's long line fishermen, who risk everything to catch an elusive prey in some of the most dangerous waters on the planet. These men and women are uniformly tough and resilient and they need to be as every day could be their last. The prey they hunt is the swordfish -- those magnificent giants of the deep that can weigh over a thousand pounds and are found in the waters around the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and the Georges Bank off the Gulf of Maine. These waters are also home to some of the wildest storms on earth. Swords follows four boats: The Eagle Eye II, Big Eye, Seahawk & The Frances Ann, as they head into these stormy waters hoping to hit the jackpot. The skippers of the boats use every bit of experience and knowledge they have to try and find the fish, at incredible risks. Even if these fisherman catche plenty of fish, they still have to make it home alive, and some never did. It's a gamble where lives are on the line and it's all caught on camera on Swords: Life On The Line.moreless

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 7/7/2011

Season 3 : Episode 10

Linda Greenlaw

Linda Greenlaw

Captain [Sea Hawk]

Lisa Natanson

Lisa Natanson

NOAA Biologist [Eagle Eye II]

Scott Drabinowicz

Scott Drabinowicz

Captain [Eagle Eye II]

Thom Beers

Thom Beers

Narrator

Ben Raimo

Ben Raimo

Deckhand [Frances Anne]

Archie Jost

Archie Jost

Deckhand [Sea Hawk]

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Entertaining & Educational Show!

    10
    Swords: Life on the Line has started its first season off with tons of excitement, drama, and suspense. If you have any interest in documentary-style shows, such as Dirty Jobs or Deadliest Catch, then you should definitely enjoy this show. Swords gives the viewer a first-hand experience of what commercial fishermen of the Atlantic must endure to haul in thousands of pounds of swordfish and tuna; from the depths of the Grand Banks waters to the northeastern fish markets. As you would expect, Discovery puts their dramatic effects into the show as much as possible; but isn't that why we watch TV? Added to the adventure of riding along with four distinguished long-line captains, viewers get to witnesses some of the most beautiful and amazing parts of our magnificent Earth.moreless
  • This show is about fisherman in the North Atlantic. It highlights their characters, problems they face, and the rewards they reap.

    10
    I enjoyed the first episode to say the least. The Big Eye definitely keeps the show interesting. I enjoyed watching Woody calm down that Mako shark and see his brother, the Captain, take big risks and head out to the Grand Banks. This season look like it will be interesting after reading through the episode summaries. I can't wait to see how they handle the first storm of the season. Viewers who enjoyed The Deadliest Catch should enjoy this show. It seems to be filled with just as much action and is a bit more interesting to watch considering they catch more than just crab. Keep an Eye on the Big Eye and crew. They definitely are the underdogs.moreless
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    Docu-Reality, The Oceans