'Deadliest Catch' Season 17: Air time, how to live stream, cast and all you need to know about Discovery's reality series

Brace yourself for the new season of the 'Deadliest Catch' which promises to deliver the ultimate mix of tension and adrenaline, set in the backdrop of the current pandemic.

                            'Deadliest Catch' Season 17: Air time, how to live stream, cast and all you need to know about Discovery's reality series
Deadliest Catch, season 17 (Discovery/ YouTube)

For most reality TV shows, braving Covid-19 has truly made it difficult to shoot episodes. Adhering to protocols has proven to be quite the task, especially with cast and crew members stuck at home, with no place to go. 

But for the cast of 'Deadliest Catch', they cannot afford the luxury of staying put -- theirs is a job that has to be done and they are the only ones who can do it. Brace yourself Season 17 of 'Deadliest Catch' which promises to deliver the ultimate mix of tension and adrenaline, set in the backdrop of the current pandemic.


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Air Time

The Season 17 premiere of 'Deadliest Catch' is on Tuesday, April 20 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery 

Where to live stream

The documentary can be streamed live on Discovery+. The subscription can be availed at $4.99/month and comes with a seven-day free trial. Discovery+ app is also available on platforms and devices from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku, and Samsung.


As per the show's synopsis-- "New blood, old wounds and rivalries that never die. For some it's a season of change; for others, a chance to make a name for themselves, but some things remain constant: the perilous, icy waters of the Bering Sea and most dangerous job in the world. After a record-breaking, heartbreaking season last year, the Emmy award-winning 'Deadliest Catch' returns to Discovery for an all-new season."

While each season of the show has had fans on the edge of their seats, Season 17 might be the most gruelling one yet. As the pandemic situation continues, it's now a fight to keep their industry alive. The fishermen who were scheduled to make the long-haul trip to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for the 2021 Crab season are facing the ultimate threat -- the closure of their fishery. Faced with the fight to keep their livelihoods afloat, the crews now have to join forces and work together, even if it means working alongside sworn enemies -- their future now depends on it. 


Captain Sig Hansen 

A seasoned fisherman who began fishing at the age of 14, Captain Hansen comes from a long line of fishermen who were among the first pioneers of the crab industry in Alaska.

Captain Sig Hansen (Discovery)

Having earned his spot as the relief captain at the age of 22 on the Northwestern, he even went on the become one of the youngest captains at age 26. With a long legacy behind him and a grueling challenge ahead of him, Captain Hansen has a two-pronged plan that might just save the fishery. However, it's a plan that can only work with one particular person by his side -- legendary crabber Johnathan Hillstrand. 

Captain Keith Colburn 

A first-generation crabber, Captain Colburn he became a full-share deckhand on the Wizard back in 1988.


Having earned his US Coast Guard license in 1990 he worked his way to the top, where he went from a newbie deckhand to the owner and captain of the Wizard. This season might prove to be the ultimate challenge for him, seeing that his WW2-era vessel is in dire need of maintenance and he needs to ensure a good payout if he wants to see the Wizard make it out of the shipyard. 

Captain Scott Campbell Jr.

Captain Campbell Jr has not had it easy over the past few seasons, despite being an expert crab fisherman.


As his back injury worsened over time, he made a choice to leave the show, for the sake of his health, seeing that even multiple surgeries has failed to reverse the damage caused by the injury. But Season 17 has something that fans can look forward to, Seeing that Captain Campbell Jr is back, taking Lady Alaska as his fishing vessel. Seeing that he has intel on where to find crab, the captain decides to team up with his long-time rival Captain Keith Colburn. And let's just say, things don't go quite as planned. 

Captain Jake Anderson

A fourth-generation crab fisherman and a professional skateboarder, Captain Anderson has had quite the journey.



The former deck boss to Captain Sig Hansen, Captain Anderson has faced his fair share of ordeals to make it to the top of the ladder, only to end up on the lower rungs of the Northwestern deck after his stint on the Kiska Sea failed. However, when previous Saga Captain Elliott Neese asked Jake if he wanted to run the Saga, he rose to the occasion and gave it all he had. This season the stakes are high, as he's hoping for a successful run, seeing that he has come up empty before. A collaboration with Northwestern's reserve captain Mandy Hansen might prove to be helpful in achieving the same.

Captains Josh Harris 

Filling in the shoes of Captain Phil Harris is no easy feat, but if anyone could do it, it would have to be his son, Captain Josh Harris.


Being a the helm of the Cornelia Marie came with a hefty price, seeing that co-captain Case McManus and he had to seek help for investors to purchase the vessel. But it was worth the blood, sweat, and tears though. 

Captain Casey McManus 

A third-generation fisherman with 2 decades of experience, Captain McManis has been co-captaining the  Cornelia since Josh bought the boat back in 2014.


It hasn't been smooth sailing for the two, seeing that each of them believes that they are the true captain. However, the pair seem to make it work, regardless. This season, the captains struggle to put together a reliable and strong crew. 

Captain 'Wild' Bill Wichrowski

Over the years, Captain Wichrowski might not be as 'wild' as he once was. However, over the years, he's been put through the ultimate test as a captain. Having dealt with the loss of his deckhand Mahlon Reyes, it has not been easy for the once-fiery captain to keep his crew afloat.




After giving his Reyes a proper fishermen's burial, the crew is ready to take on the sea, until chaos strikes again -- leaving them wondering if this might be their last attempt to make most of the season. 



As the fishing vessels arrive into Dutch Harbour, Alaska, Captain Sig Hansen can't help but notice just how empty and eerie the place looks, stating that in the 42 years he's been coming here, he's never seen anything like this. With the ominous news of crewmen contracting the virus, it's down to the wire for the captains, who now have to team up with former rivals and rope back legends who've long left the game to keep their livelihoods.

Where to watch 

Catch new episodes of 'Deadliest Catch' Season 17 every Tuesday, starting April 20, at 8 pm ET/PT on Discovery.

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