Every now and then, my sister asks if we watch Deadliest Catch. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a show that comes on the Discovery Channel about crab fishing. Every time she asks, I say no. But what I’m really saying is: No, we don’t watch a show about fishing. An hour long show about fishing. An hour long show about cold, wet men who fish for crab from the deck of a cold, wet boat.

And I stood by that response. Until Big David won American Idol and Jim didn’t propose to Pam and I found myself show-less. So one night last week, we watched Deadliest Catch. And now we can’t stop. In fact, we spend nearly every commercial break discussing why:

  • It comes on every night, multiple times.
  • It has suspenseful music in the background that makes crabbing seem exciting and important.
  • We have all these cool new words and phrases to use like “picket hook” and “captain’s string” and “the crew is back at the rail”.
  • The bad words are bleeped out. Some sentences are just one long bleep.
  • Sometimes really dangerous things happen like someone gets hit in the head by a picket hook or the crane leaks hydraulic fluid all over the deck. Not to mention the hurricane force winds and the blinding rain…but that’s like, sissy stuff for these guys.

This show has all the makings of a good story: competition, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. It is fascinating to watch the way the captains handle failure and success. I keep telling myself I’ll stop watching as soon as we see them catch a full pot. And then we did. And we found ourselves wanting to see it again. It more than justifies the high cost of crab legs.

We also got into this:
the man: I bet people are smarter now that we have tv.
me: What do you mean?
the man: Because how would we ever know about stuff like this otherwise?
me: Yeah. How would we ever know? We are like, so smart.

And then we remembered about books. All the books. All the books that aren’t being read by us because we can learn it from the Discovery Channel.

Let’s be honest. I would never pick up a book about crab fishing. I didn’t think I’d ever watch a show about it either. But now I find myself with Deadliest Catch on my dvr and Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” stuck in my head. That’s the very appropriate theme song. From the show about crabs that I can’t stop watching.