I saw this recently on Looper – Does Deadliest Catch Fake It For The Cameras? https://www.looper.com/879010/does-deadliest-catch-fake-it-for-the-cameras/. Longer article.
BY KIERAN FISHER
Don’t let the “reality” part fool you. For the most part, reality TV shows are every bit as scripted as your average sitcom or drama. Of course, that doesn’t stop viewers from tuning in and suspending their disbelief as the illusion of reality is oftentimes presented very convincingly. Of course, some series of this ilk are pretty authentic, but viewers should always take them with a pinch of salt until the facts come to light. But which one of these categories does “Deadliest Catch” fall into?
“Deadliest Catch” boasts a simple premise that shouldn’t really require any scripting. The Discovery Channel’s hit series dives into the lives of boat captains and their crew members as they navigate the wild waters of Alaska during crab fishing season. It isn’t a glamorous lifestyle and the series has chronicled many sad moments, including the deaths of popular stars. Those elements of “Deadliest Catch” are completely real, but the series has also been known to fabricate some scenes for the sake of creating heightened drama.