‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Sig Hansen Calls Show a ‘Generational Thing’ Bringing Families Together

by Keeli Parkey

“Deadliest Catch” showcases the men and women who risk their lives while fishing on the Bering Sea. It’s a reality series that brings drama and action to the small screen. It’s a series that people of all ages enjoy, according to one of its stars.

That star is Sig Hansen. He is the captain of the F/V Northwestern. During a recent interview with Connect Radio FM, the 55-year-old fisherman talked about what he described as the “generational thing” about the show. As of 2021, “Deadliest Catch” has been on the air for 17 seasons. That means viewers who began watching the show as youngsters are now adults. This is a fact that isn’t lost on Hansen.

“It’s been this snowball. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard families come up to me … ‘My grandson watches ‘Deadliest Catch’ or my granddaughter or my mother or my father.’ It’s just a generational thing where I think families watch it together,” Hansen said.

Hansen is also proud of how “Deadliest Catch” has shown the dedicated and hard-working nature of the fishermen who have appeared on the show over the years. He said he hopes what they do – and how they do it – can inspire others.

“And I still think that’s a good thing, even though this is a dangerous factor in ‘Deadliest Catch,’ you’ve got that work ethic all the guys have up there. I just think…that’s important for people to see,” Sig Hansen also said.

Sig Hansen’s Daughter Has Joined Him in ‘Deadliest Catch’

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that “Deadliest Catch” Captain Sig Hansen is happy that families gather together to watch his show. He is a family man, after all. And he is passing on his craft to the next generation of his family.

Joining Hansen on the F/V Northwestern is his daughter, Mandy. Turns out, Mandy joining Hansen on the ship has been a positive factor in growing their relationship. “It’s just like, I was never a perfect dad, and I’m never the perfect captain. But I like to think that, you know, we grow and get better,” Hansen said during an April 2021 interview.

The “Deadliest Catch” star moved his daughter up the fishing ladder quickly. One reason for this is that he did not like seeing her struggle with some parts of her work on deck. “I just couldn’t bear watching her on deck — you know, she, she did as much as she could do — and watching her suffer,” Hansen also said.

Mandy is helping lead the crew of the ship. However, Sig Hansen said he does not plan to leave his work very soon. “Yeah, it’s an addiction, it’s in your blood,” he also explained.