Discovery Channel begins its farewell to Deadliest Catch captain Phil Harris

Discovery Channel bids a final farewell to one of its own, with several upcoming premieres designed to honour and pay tribute to Captain Phil Harris.  

As part of its sixth season, the Emmy®-award winning Deadliest Catch launches its emotional climax sharing the story of the death of the F/V Cornelia Marie Captain beginning Wednesdays from 27 October, 8.30pm.

Additionally, the November 17 episode of After The Catch will include a farewell tribute to the late Captain, and a special tribute show – Deadliest Catch: Captain Phil Harris Remembered – will premiere November 24, featuring one-on-one interviews with the fellow captains and Phil’s sons, Josh and Jake Harris.

Captain Phil Harris suffered a stroke on January 29, 2010, while the Cornelia Marie was offloading in the small Alaskan port town of St. Paul.  He was transported to Anchorage where he battled through surgery and treatment but ultimately passed away on February 9.

“Captain Phil was a father, fisherman, funny man and, most importantly for fans worldwide, a friend.  We celebrate his life and all those he has touched through Deadliest Catch,” said Clark Bunting, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel and Science Channel.  “I wish this would never have been a storyline of the series, but I am proud of the heart and emotion we have worked so hard to put into these very special episodes as a tribute to Phil.”

The full list of upcoming episodes featuring Captain Phil’s last days and honouring his legacy is as follows:


DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 11 – Wednesday 27 October, 8.30pm

The opening episode includes Phil’s initial stoke and the quick action taken by his sons – Josh and Jake – and the rest of the crew to get medical attention.  The severity of the situation weighs heavily on the close-knit Cornelia Marie crew as they pray for the best and are left to wonder who will take the boat out without Phil there.


DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 12 – Wednesday 3 November, 8.30pm

The rest of the fleet begins to hear the unsettling news of their friend and fellow skipper.  Captains Sig Hansen, Andy and Johnathan Hillstrand and Keith Colburn all react with stunned disbelief while still keeping an eye on the turbulent waters, as the Bering Sea stops for no one.


DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 13 – Wednesday 10 November, 8.30pm

Josh and Jake Harris continue to watch over their dad at the Anchorage hospital.  They are joined by Johnathan Hillstrand as well as Phil’s inner circle of biker buddy friends.  Ever the stubborn fighter, Phil rallies in the ICU.


DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 14 – Wednesday 17 November, 8.30pm

Despite small signs of encouragement, Captain Phil loses his battle.  He passes away surrounded by family and friends.


AFTER THE CATCH: PHIL HARRIS SPECIAL – Wednesday 17 November, 9.30pm

The fleet wraps up its time at the French Quarter’s Blue Nile bar in the season finale of After The Catch. Captain Phil Harris is remembered in true ‘Nawlins style as fans pour onto Frenchmen Street for a traditional, raucous Jazz Parade. The celebration brings together all the captains to pay tribute to their friend and colleague.


DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 15 – Wednesday 24 November, 8.30pm

The news of Phil’s death reaches the rest of the fleet.  Captains Keith, Johnathan, Andy and Sig all struggle to come to terms with their friend and colleague’s passing.



A special one-hour look back at the life of Captain Phil Harris, skipper of F/V Cornelia Marie.  The special includes interviews with fellow captains and deckhands, memorable “Phil moments” from the past six seasons of Deadliest Catch, never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes and fan remembrances recorded at CatchCon 2010 and Phil’s public memorial service in Seattle.


DEADLIEST CATCH: Episode 16 – Wednesday 1 December, 8.30pm

On the finale of the sixth season of Deadliest Catch, the fleet is still absorbing the news about Phil.  But the stormy waters of the Bering Sea never take a break, and the Captains and the crew must soldier on in the race to make their quotas, as the Opilio season comes to an end.

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