We all know that “reality shows” can be about as staged as a World Wresting Entertainment match. But that isn’t the case with Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. The show started as a documentary about the brutal business of crab fishing and has grown from there. The journeys these ships take and the lives of their crews are very real, in fact, and that’s why we keep watching season after season.
The most recent challenge this industry has faced, beyond the rough seas and hit-or-miss seasons of the North Pacific, has been the perfect storm of the economy. And no one knows this better than Capts. Keith Colburn and Sig Hansen, two of Deadliest Catch’s main characters. You’d be hard-pressed to find a commodity more cyclical than crab, so these guys feel every bit of a downturn.