How to watch 'Deadliest Catch' season 20 online

Fishing vessel the F/V Northwestern cuts through rough seas in 'Deadliest Catch' season 20
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"Deadliest Catch" is back for its landmark 20th season as the world's toughest fishermen/women continue to face life-threatening stakes on the Bering Sea. The pioneering series sets the benchmark for unscripted television, from its stunning cinematography to its authentic and endearing characters.

Brand new episodes of "Deadliest Catch" will go out every Tuesday in the U.S. and you can watch from anywhere with a VPN.

'Deadliest Catch' Season 20 release date and time

► Date and time: "Deadliest Catch" season 20 premiered on Tuesday, June 11. Episodes now air weekly at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
• U.S. — Watch on Discovery via Sling / Discovery Plus
• CADiscovery Plus
• U.K.Discovery Plus
• AU Binge
• Watch anywhere — try NordVPN 100% risk-free

In season 20 of the docu-drama, the Red King Crab fishery has finally reopened, igniting a derby-style race between some of the show’s most seasoned captains, even luring Johnathan Hillstrand out of retirement with its promise of a huge payday.

Meanwhile, following the loss of the "Saga", Jake Anderson has been forced aboard the "Northwestern" and back under the captaincy of his former mentor, Sig Hansen.
On the other end of the fortune scale, Steve "Harley" Davidson and Jack Bunnell have enjoyed an upgrade, as they took the helm of the 126-foot "Pacific Mariner". It is "Wild" Bill Wichrowski for whom things look most troubling though, as after his bombshell cancer diagnosis last season, the captain is juggling his health and the livelihood of both himself and crew.

Sophia "Bob" Nielsen and Jacob Hutchins are both out to prove themselves this season, while Keith Colburn faced a potentially disastrous deck fire. Oh, and all the season 20 drama is playing out against the backdrop of rare weather patterns that are intensifying the already deadly winter storms.

After twenty-years, the seas are as rough as ever for our captains, so read on, as we explain how to watch "Deadliest Catch" season 20 online and from anywhere. 

Watch 'Deadliest Catch' season 20 in the U.S.

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In the U.S., the historic twentieth season of "Deadliest Catch" premiered on Discovery at Tuesday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Episodes now air in the same slot weekly. 

If you've already cut the cord and don't have cable, you can watch Discovery on a live TV service, like Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, and DirecTV Stream.

Of these options, we recommend Sling TV, one of the best cable TV alternatives

Episodes will also be available on Discovery Plus after broadcast.

Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV services on the market. As well as Discovery, The Sling Blue package includes more than 50 channels including Fox and NBC (in select cities), TLC, AMC, Bravo, Food Network, HGTV, Lifetime and USA.

Watch 'Deadliest Catch' S20 from anywhere

Away from home at the moment and blocked from watching "Deadliest Catch" on your usual subscription?

You can still watch "Deadliest Catch" season 20 thanks to the wonders of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). The software allows your devices to appear to be back in your home country regardless of where in the world you are. Ideal when you're away on vacation or on business. Our favorite is NordVPN. It's the best on the market:


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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, NordVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance, if you're in the U.K. and want to view a U.S. service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Fire up your website or streaming service of choice and tune in.

Watch 'Deadliest Catch' season 20 in the U.K.

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"Deadliest Catch" season 20 is available to watch on Discovery Plus in the U.K., with episodes dropping on Wednesdays

A subscription starts at £3.99 per month, though for £6.99 you'll also get live sports coverage from Eurosport, including snooker, tennis and cycling, and for £30.99 you'll get all things TNT Sports, such as Champions League and Premier League football.

If you're outside of the U.K. when it's on, you can try using a VPN to get around the geo-restrictions that will prevent Discovery Plus from working.

Watch 'Deadliest Catch' season 20 in Canada

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Canadian viewers can watch "Deadliest Catch" season 20 alongside their U.S. neighbors on Discovery at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, or stream the same day via Discovery Plus. Discovery Plus plans start from CA$5.99.

Subscribers to the Discovery TV package can also stream via the CTV app. 

U.S. viewers currently travelling in Canada can use one of the best VPN services to watch as they would at home. We recommend NordVPN.

Watch 'Deadliest Catch' season 20 in Australia

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Binge is the home of "Deadliest Catch" in Australia, including season 20. There's no confirmed release date just yet, but based on previous seasons, it won't be too far behind its U.S. debut. 

Binge pricing plans start at AU$10 after a 7-day free trial, and you can find more details of the various tiers right here

In the meantime, anybody currently in Oz from the U.S. or U.K. can use one of the best VPN services to access their usual streaming service. We recommend NordVPN.

What you need to know about 'Deadliest Catch' season 20

'Deadliest Catch' season 20 episode schedule

While it hasn't been confirmed how many episodes season 20 will consist of, recent seasons have had around 20-23 episodes, so we'd expect something similar for the latest outing. Here's what we know for now:

  • Episode 1: "King Crab Derby" — Tuesday, June 11
  • Episode 2: "Bering Sea Gut Check" — Tuesday, June 18
  • Episode 3: "A Titan Among Men" — Tuesday, June 25
  • Episode 4: "Lights Out!" — Tuesday, July 2

'Deadliest Catch' season 20 sneak peek

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What can we expect from 'Deadliest Catch' season 20?

Howard Lee (President of Discovery Networks): ""Deadliest Catch" is the gold standard for unscripted series', paving the way for an entire genre of television that highlights everyday working heroes. Audiences have grown with our captains and their families, respecting their unwavering determination, and experiencing the struggles and successes with them. This season is a celebration of their epic stories and the first page of their next chapter."

Who are the 'Deadliest Catch' season 20 captains?

  • Johnathan Hillstrand F/V Time Bandit
  • Sig Hansen F/V Northwestern
  • Jake Anderson F/V Titan Explorer
  • Sophia "Bob" Nielsen F/V Seabrooke
  • Keith Colburn F/V Wizard
  • Jack Bunnell & Steve "Harley" Davidson F/V Pacific Mariner
  • Rick Shelford F/V Aleutian Lady
  • "Wild" Bill Wichrowski F/V Summer Bay

Where is 'Deadliest Catch' filmed?

The "Deadliest Catch" fishing fleet is based out of the Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The cameras follow the action aboard vessels as they fish in icy waters of the Bering Sea.

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Tom Wardley

Tom is a freelance writer, predominantly focusing on film and TV. A graduate of Film Studies at University of South Wales, if he's not diving in to the Collector's Edition Blu Ray of an obscure 80s horror, you'll find him getting lost with his dog or mucking about in the water with his board.