The television show "Deadliest Catch" is a serialized documentary about the crab fishing industry off the coast of Alaska. The show follows the captains and crews of a handful of fishing vessels as they work to catch Alaskan king crab, Opelio crab and occasionally cod in the winter waters of the Bering Sea. Camera crews on each ship take viewers inside the wheel house, on deck with the crew, and through the entire process of the crab fishing season.
The show follows fishing vessels such as the Northwestern, Time Bandit, Cornelia Marie, Wizard and Cape Caution as they ply the waters of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian Islands in search of crab and other fish. The ships typically pursue different species of crab in multiple fishing seasons, pursuing a fixed catch quota. The show has aired on the Discovery Channel since 2005 and features many of the same ships from season to season.
A large focus of the show is on the human element. Showrunners put camera crews on each of the ships they are following in any given season to give viewers complete access to the ship, crew and fishing process. Crew members and captains talk directly to the camera, explaining the process and their actions as the series unfolds.