'Shark Week' 2020: Release date, line-up, cast and all you need to know about the Discovery Channel shark series

The Discovery Channel's annual shark week returns August 9 with special appearances from Mike Tyson, Will Smith and Shaquille O'Neil

                            'Shark Week' 2020: Release date, line-up, cast and all you need to know about the Discovery Channel shark series
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Discovery Channel's highly anticipated 'Shark Week' is celebrating its 32nd anniversary and just like any other year, this year will feature an abundance of shark content with bonus appearances from some celebrities. Theses pop-culture episodes will see celebs facing their fears and diving deeper into the world of sharks. 'Shark Week 2020' will feature more than 20 hours of new documented material and will cover various locations from Australia to South Africa, in search of the world's most shocking and incredible shark tales. Here is everything you need to know about the annual shark marathon.

Release Date

'Shark Week' premieres on Sunday, August 9 at 8 pm ET/PT and continues through Sunday, August 16 on Discovery Channel.


(Please note: Dates are subject to change)

Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off — Series premiere, August 9 at 8 pm:  Three teams of researchers return to one of the last hunting grounds to collect data on hunting techniques of sharks if the predator population is rebounding. 

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Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef — August 9 at 9 pm: Heavyweight champ and entrepreneur Mike Tyson will go toe-to-fin with the apex oceanic predators, including the blacktip reef shark. Featured alongside him is famed ring announcer Michael Buffer who will be calling the shots. Will Tyson one-up his finned opponent with a TKO?

Shark Lockdown — August 9 at 10 pm: Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers build a self-propelled cage to see how the hunting patterns in the largest female great whites, off the coast of New Zealand, have changed. 

Abandoned Waters — August 10 at 8 pm: With no human interaction during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, the massive great white at Australia's Neptune Islands are returning to their natural behaviors. Scientists are now presented with a great opportunity to study them up close in unprecedented ways. 

Shaquile O'Neal speaks onstage (Getty Images)

ShaqAttack — August 10 at 9 pm: Previously on 'Shaq Does Shark Week', basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal survived a shark encounter, and now he's back to gauge what a shark's perfect predatory attack is. He deploys YouTube stars Dude perfect and Mark Rober to accompany him on this new adventure.

Jaws Awakens — August 10 at 10 pm: Shark experts Chris Fallows, Jeff Kurr and Dickie Chivell explore the waters of New Zealand to search for the largest male great white shark in the world, named Fred.

Extinct or Alive: Land of the Lost Sharks — August 11 at 8 pm: In an attempt to rediscover three unique sharks that were believed to be lost to science some 100 years ago, wildlife biologist, Forrest Galante dives into the shark-infested waters in the southern hemisphere.

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Will Smith: Off The Deep End — August 11 at 9 pm: Actor and entrepreneur Will Smith, comes face-to-face with his fear of the open seas and the ocean's greatest predators.

Great White Serial Killer Extinction — August 11 at 10 pm: Investigators get a closer look at the great whites that have been on a killing spree possibly pushing the sea otter population in the California waters to the brink of extinction.

Monsters Under the Bridge — August 12 at 8 pm:  Fishermen and scientists believe that monster sharks, including a 15-foot-long half-ton great hammerhead named Big Moe, have made their home under the Old Seven Mile Bridge.

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Adam Devine’s Secret Shark Lair — August 12 at 9 pm: Actor Adam Devine joins the ultimate shark party, after having discovered a secret lair of tiger shark with a team of marine biologists, last year.

Great White Double Trouble — August 12 at 10 pm: With a rising wave of shark attacks becoming more and more prominent in Australia, scientists have discovered that not one population of great whites rules the seas, but two!

Air Jaws 2020 — August 13 at 8 pm: Jeff Kurr, Chris Fallows, Dickie Chivell and many more will celebrate 20 years of flying sharks as they revisit the most popular and iconic 'Air Jaws' moments.

Snoop Dogg (Getty Images)

Jaws in America (Working Title) — August 13 at 9 pm: Snoop Dogg is investigating the reasons behind the great whites taking up residence along American shores. The rapper breaks down some crazy shark encounters caught on tape, gauges the wild unpredictable reactions, and meets shark experts trying to uncover the secrets between the great white shark invasion.

Mako Nation — August 13 at 10 pm: In an epic expedition to the most unlikely location of on earth, shark scientist Riley Elliot and underwater cameraman Andy Casagrande attempt to uncover the mysteries of the mako shark.

Alien Sharks: First Contact — August 14 at 8 pm: Researchers attempt to pursue contact with the elusive frilled sharks, sleeper shark, cookie-cutter shark, and more 'alien sharks' that lurk in the depths of the ocean. 

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Lair of the Great White — August 14 at 9 pm: Produced by Tale Smith Limited, in this episode, a team of experts will scour the coast of Western Australia in an attempt to find out why great whites there are more aggressive than others. 

Tiger Shark King — August 14 at 10 pm: Dr Austin Gallagher aims to find out the identity of a large, unseen beast captured on tape, assaulting a 14-foot tiger shark in the Caribbean.

I Was Prey — August 14 at 11 pm: Two adventurers recount a horrifying shark experience. While off the coast of Australia, a spearfishing expedition turns into a nightmare featuring a ferocious bull shark and a great white who attack a paddler on Ascension Island. 

Sharks of Ghost Island — August 15 at 8 pm: Dr Craig O'Connell is back to explore the mysterious shark attacks in Ghost Island, on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle, with a team of experts, after his previous expedition nearly resulted in his boat sinking.

Wicked Sharks — August 15 at 9 pm: Shark expert Dr Greg Skomal uses state-of-the-art tech to record a shark's hunting pattern form the predator's point-of-view at Cape Cod.

Sharks Gone Wild 3 — August 15 at 10 pm: The episode reviews everything from viral videos and the biggest news stories to the latest cutting-edge tech being used in shark science.

I Was Prey: Terrors from the Deep — August 15 at 11 pm: A California surfer, a Canadian thrill-seeker, an Alabama football coach, and a mother from North Carolina reveal how they each encountered the ocean's top predator and lived to tell their stories.
Naked & Afraid of Sharks 2 — August 16 at 8 pm: Matt Wright, Jeff Zausch, Serena and Amber Shine, and Alex Maynard, five 'Naked and Afraid Veterans' will attempt to survive on a remote strip of the island, where the waters are infested with predators.


We will update this space with the official trailer for 'Shark Week' soon.

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