‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Keith Colburn Makes Case for Why Show is Better Than Early Days

by Courtney Blackann

“Deadliest Catch” first aired on the Discovery Channel in 2005. Since that time, it’s garnered thousands of fans around the world. People enjoy seeing the skilled fisherman reap the benefits of their hard work. Not to mention brave the dangerous conditions of the Bering Sea while battling various mechanical and physical issues. However, since it first began, Captain Keith Colburn says the show has made leaps – making it better today than it was 15 years ago.

Speaking with TV Shows Ace earlier this year, the “Wizard” captain opened up about the struggles and successes of the show, along what it’s done for the crabbing industry. He also says he’s impressed and grateful the show has lasted as long as it has.

“It is amazing. I had a hunch once the show started, it really started to take off and have some longevity, but nothing like this. It’s pretty incredible actually,” Colburn says.

Throughout the years, each captain has battled rough seasons, complete with losing profits and unruly deckhands. But the way “The Deadliest Catch” is filmed is super enlightening to its audience as well.

Streaming Capabilities Help “Deadliest Catch” Fans Stay Connected

Since the show’s launch on Discovery Plus, viewers can watch all their favorite episodes commercial-free as well. This means binge-watching all the best episodes and replaying the favorites. Captain Keith Colburn says this is a major positive for the show.

“I think it’s really cool that you can watch a commercial-free that you can get other content that you couldn’t get in the past. Things like After the Catch and stuff like that, then they’re going to be adding more of that to where a lot of those things wouldn’t cycle through, you wouldn’t see reruns of things like that,” Colburn shares.

He goes on to add:

“So it gives you an opportunity to go back and look at the guys hanging out, shooting the breeze, just all kinds of things. And, it allows me to go back and watch episodes that you remember that you may have really loved and really touched you in some way. I think it’s really cool.”

Some of the best moments of “Deadliest Catch” come from hairy situations. It’s in those times that being a true leader matters, Colburn also says. He relayed what it takes to become a good captain and run a tight ship.

In addition to perseverance and insight, Colburn says there’s another important quality to the job.

“…Most importantly, you have to stay calm when the sh** hits the fan. You have to find a way to keep your emotions in check and adapt well to the situation in front of you,” Colburn said in an interview with Business Observer.