‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Sig Hansen Reveals the Most Essential Episodes of the Show

by Keeli Parkey

Have you never watch an episode of “Deadliest Catch,” but want to find out what the show is all about without having to watch dozens and dozens of episodes? Or, do you want to relive some of the best moments in the history of the show? Well, one of the show’s stars has a solution for you.

That star is Captin Sig Hansen. And, in April 2021 he shared a list of his favorite episodes of “Deadliest Catch” with TV Insider. He did so as the Discovery Channel show’s 17th season was about to premiere. As fans are aware, this reality television series follows the lives of crab fishermen who battle very rough conditions in the Bering Sea in order to make a living. The show aired its first episode in 2005.

Hansen is the captain of the ship, F/V Northwestern. Hansen has appeared in every season of “Deadliest Catch.” He is the only member of the cast who has been in each season of the reality series.

Unsurprisingly, the first episode on Hansen’s list is the show’s pilot. Its title is “Greenhorns.” This episode, obviously, introduced Hansen and company to the world. Regarding this episode, Hansen shared: “When it started, we only had four boats!”

The next “Deadliest Catch” episode on Hansen’s list is the fifth episode of season two. Titled, “Bering Sea Salvation,” this episode show viewers how a captain handled a rogue wave. “Jerry ‘Corky’ Tilley, on his boat, the Aleutian Ballad, had a rogue wave. They were at like 90 degrees, the boat was on its side, they lost power. I’ve been in those kinds of situations where you’re fearing for your life,” Sig Hansen recalled.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Sig Hansen Said Episodes Have ‘Amazing Moments’

Sign Hansen also recommends that people should watch the first episode of season three. It is titled “A Tragic Beginning.” The episode begins with a lot of fun. However, there is a lot of drama later on.

Another episode Hansen prefers is titled “A Frozen Fish.” It is the 12th episode of the show’s third season. It focuses on cast member Jake Anderson and his rise through the ranks. “Now Jake is a captain, he’s got his own boat, The Saga, but when he got on here, he was just like a little boy. … Looking back and looking at what he has become, that’s pretty proud stuff. It’s like your little boy, you finally kicked him out of the nest,” Hansen said.

The “Deadliest Catch” captain also recommended these episodes, “Empty Throne,” the 12th episode of season six; “Graduation Day,” the eighth episode of season seven; “The Bitter, Bloody End,” the 16th episode of season eight; “Widowmaker, Part 2,” the 18th episode of season 12; and “Cold War Rivals,” the first episode of season 16.

Regarding the episodes he selected as most essential, Sig Hansen said: “They’re all amazing moments. There are so many ups and downs with all these people you’ve come to know and love on different levels.”