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Shark Week

Shark Week

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  • Premiered: 
    July 17, 1988
    (Click date to see TV listings for that day)

  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Animal
  • Tags: shark

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Plot Synopsis

SHARK WEEK is television's longest running summer event and has given viewers extensive insight into the mysterious world of sharks -- taking them where cameras have never been before. Along the way, SHARK WEEK has built a community of scientists who have come on board to share science-based shark stories and exciting shark research from the field.
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SHARK WEEK 2021 kicks off on Sunday, July 11 and continues through Sunday, July 18 on Discovery and discovery+. Programming for the 33rd year features: Discovery's first-ever shark competitive docu-series, SHARK ACADEMY; the return of shark themed episodes of JOSH GATES TONIGHT; and specials with celebrities like William Shatner, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley, the cast of JACKASS. Plus, Discovery Channel continues to work with nearly two dozen of the world's most respected marine biologists and science institutions. SHARK WEEK 2021 once again delivers new and innovative shark research and insight on some of the most remarkable shark species in the world including the first in utero camera tag in a pregnant Tiger shark, a potentially new Great White mating behavior and the discovery of an elusive pupping ground.

Programming includes:

SHARK ACADEMY (new series premieres Sunday, July 11, 2021 on discovery+): This one-hour docuseries follows eight men and women on an intense six-week crash course in the Bahamas to secure a coveted crew spot on shark scientist Dr. Riley Elliott's next great shark diving expedition. It's an opportunity of a lifetime for these shark enthusiasts with non-traditional backgrounds to leap ahead in the competitive world of shark research, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime in hopes of making their dreams a reality.

"Sharkbait With David Dobrik" (special premieres Sunday, July 11, 2021 on discovery+): Internet sensation David Dobrik and his squad are on a shark diving adventure of a lifetime. BUT their trip gets turned upside down when they face bad weather and huge sharks, making them ask themselves, "Why did we go on SHARK WEEK?"

"Crikey! It's Shark Week" (special premieres Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 8pm on Discovery): Robert Irwin comes face to face with a great white shark for the first time ever with shark conservationists Paul de Gelder and Madison Stewart. Following his father's footsteps, he will get as close as possible to these incredible creatures to determine which apex predator reigns supreme: crocs or great whites?

"Tiffany Haddish Does Shark Week" (special premieres Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 9pm on Discovery): Tiffany Haddish's fantasy is to uncover the secrets of shark sex, sailing on the fanciest yachts surrounded by friendly sea creatures and pampered by a handsome merman.

"JACKASS Shark Week " (special premieres Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 10pm on Discovery): Johnny Knoxville sends Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and new JACKASS cast members on a Shark Week mission for the ages; they'll dial up a series of shark stunts that test their bravery and threshold of pain as they put common shark myths to the test.

JOSH GATES TONIGHT "Some-Fin New" (episode premieres Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 11:05pm on Discovery): SHARK WEEK 2021 comes out chomping with comedian and movie star Tiffany Haddish re-living her experience diving with sharks. Jackass' Steve-O and Air Jaws star Dickie Chivell recount their SHARK WEEK experiences.


"Stranger Sharks" (special premieres Monday, July 12, 2021 on discovery+): Mark Rober and Noah Schnapp from STRANGER THINGS are teaming up for the ultimate SHARK WEEK adventure -- exploring abandoned undersea ruins and manmade artificial reefs searching for the strangest sharks in the ocean.

"Air Jaws: Going for Gold" (special premieres Monday, July 12, 2021 at 8pm on Discovery): The Air Jaws team returns to Seal Rock to capture the highest breach ever recorded. Rocket Shark holds the record at a 15-feet. Will he return to jump even higher, or will a new shark take the World's Highest Flying Great White Shark title?

"Jaws Awakens: Phred vs. Slash" (special premieres Monday, July 12, 2021 at 9pm on Discovery): Rumor has it that two of the largest sharks in existence have been recently roaming New Zealand waters, but nobody knows which one is the largest. Brandon McMillan and Dickie Chivell are heading out to see which one takes the cake -- Phred or Slash?

EXPEDITION UNKNOWN "Shark Trek" (episode premieres Monday, July 12, 2021 at 10pm on Discovery): Josh Gates links up with his childhood hero, William Shatner, to boldly go where Shark Week has never gone before. The mission: enter shark-infested waters to understand the nature of fear and come face to face with an apex predator. This is Shark Trek.

JOSH GATES TONIGHT "Acting Chummy" (episode premieres Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:05pm on Discovery): Shark Week 2021 delivers a big bite as Josh talks to legendary William Shatner about their shark encounters. Country music superstar Brad Paisley and Crikey, It's the Irwin's Robert Irwin talk diving shark-infested waters.


"Great White Comeback" (special premieres Tuesday, July 13, 2021 on discovery+): In 2017 one of the strangest ocean mysteries occurred in South Africa when an entire great white population disappeared overnight. Alison Towner and her team head out on an epic investigation to find the missing Great Whites of Seal Island.

"MotherSharker" (special premieres Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 8pm on Discovery): It's a great mystery where tiger sharks give birth. One team of scientists deploys an arsenal of new technology to find out, but they need to meet some of Bahamas' biggest tiger shark mothers face-to-face for it to work.

"Brad Paisley's Shark Country" (special premieres Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 9pm on Discovery): Country star Brad Paisley and comedian JB Smoove meet in the Bahamas to attract new fans, Sharks! With Dr. Austin Gallagher's help, they put Brad's musical talents to the test in shark-infested waters to see how sound can attract or repel sharks.

"The Spawn Of El Diablo" (special premieres Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 10pm on Discovery): In 2012, Michelle Jewell documented one of the largest great white mating scars ever recorded. Recently similar marks have appeared, leading her to believe this is a possible mating ground and that mega-shark El Diablo has returned to South Africa.

JOSH GATES TONIGHT "Now You Sea Me" (episode premieres Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 11:05pm on Discovery): The Shark Week 2021 waves continue as Josh sits down with actor/director/comedian Kevin Smith and star of the new series Shark Academy, Riley Elliott. Later, Josh chats with shark expert Alison Towner about shooting Air Jaws and Great White Come Back.


"Tiger Queen" (special premieres Wednesday, July 14, 2021 on discovery+): The shark population in Turks and Caicos has a sizable concentration of female tiger sharks, leaving scientists wondering where all the males are hiding. Shark enthusiast Kinga Philipps joins Dr. Austin Gallagher to help solve this puzzling mystery.

"MechaShark" (special premieres Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 8pm on Discovery): To track down New Zealand's monster great whites, researchers build a submersible designed to look like a shark and pilot it deep into what they believe could be a mating ground -- the Holy Grail of shark science.

"The Real Sharknado" (special premieres Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 9pm on Discovery): We have all seen the movies, sharks jumping into boats, circling in tornados and risking their lives to attack humans. Could these shark feasts happen? Ian Ziering and Tara Reid pick up their chainsaws once again to see if a real Sharknado could happen.

"Return to the Lair of the Great White" (special premieres Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 10pm on Discovery): Dr. Craig O'Connell and Marc Payne return to where they unexpectedly filmed a juvenile great white during a past mission. Believing there's a nursery nearby, they follow the trail to a discovery that could change everything we know about great whites.

JOSH GATES TONIGHT "Diving In" (episode premieres Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 11:05pm on Discovery): Josh sits down with the star of Dr. Pimple Popper Pops Shark Week, Sandra Lee. NFL legend and amateur shark diver Rob Gronkowski tells us which activity scares him more. Then, Josh takes a gamble diving with sharks in Las Vegas.


"Raging Bulls" (special premieres Thursday, July 15, 2021 on discovery+): Bull sharks are one of Australia's "Big 3" deadly shark species, and recently, there's been a shift in their behavior concerning the human population. Paul De Gelder joins Johan Gustafson to uncover why these sharks are becoming more aggressive hunters.

"Dr. Pimple Popper Pops SHARK WEEK" (special premieres Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 8pm on Discovery): Dr. Pimple Popper has entertained millions with her extreme pimple popping videos. Now, she heads to Turks and Caicos with Dr. Austin Gallagher to explore the world of shark skin and how she can apply the science they gather to help human skin issues.

"Sharkadelic Summer 2" (special premieres Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 9pm on Discovery): Sharkadelic is back to find out if this summer will be the sharkiest on record. Snoop Dogg breaks down the craziest encounters, the wildest and most unpredictable reactions to discover if America is once again ground zero for the shark superstorm.

"Mega Jaws of Bird Island" (special premieres Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 10pm on Discovery): South African great whites are on the brink of extinction, but experts believe there is at least one breeder shark left in the water surrounding Bird Island. A team will search and tag the last female great white mature enough to carry on the species.

JOSH GATES TONIGHT "Not Feeling Salty" (episode premieres Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 11:05pm on Discovery): Shark Week 2021 isn't washed up yet as Josh talks a real-life shark -- SHARK TANK's Kevin O'Leary. Josh catches up with Tristan Guttridge to talk Monster Sharks of Andros Island, then takes a shark dive of his own in the Bahamas' Stuart Cove.


EXTINCT OR ALIVE "Jaws of Alaska" (special episode premieres Friday, July 16, 2021 on discovery+): International wildlife biologist Forrest Galante travels the world in search of rare and elusive wildlife, including those lost to science, and mysterious cold water sharks.

"Ninja Sharks: Mutants Rising" (special premieres Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8pm on Discovery): In the icy waters of Alaska, off populated beaches of New York and lurking in ghostly shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina, scientists have discovered three sharks that have developed unique and deadly ninja skills.

"Monster Sharks of Andros Island" (special premieres Friday, July 16, 2021 at 9pm on Discovery): Shark researchers travel to Andros Island in The Bahamas to determine if it's a new great hammerhead hotspot, and they're using reports of a half-octopus, half-shark creature known as the Lusca to help them locate massive sharks for their study.

"Mystery of the Black Demon Shark" (special premieres Friday, July 16, 2021 at 10pm on Discovery): Legends swirl around El Demonio Negro, a 50-foot shark in Mexico that has terrorized fishermen and tourists for generations. Is this an undiscovered predator? Forrest Galante hunts for answers in the most rugged and remote parts of the Baja Peninsula.

I WAS PREY "Terrors of the Deep 2" (special episode premieres Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11pm on Discovery): After surviving horrifying shark attacks, two adventurists recount their experiences.


"Rogue Tiger Shark: The Hunt for Lagertha" (special premieres Saturday, July 17, 2021 on discovery+): A monster lurks in the crystal blue waters off the coast of Costa Rica named Lagertha. In this epic adventure, Dr. Craig O'Connell, Vicky Vasquez and Andy Casagrande team up to discover why the tiger sharks in this area are unexpectedly more aggressive.

"Return to Shark Vortex" (special premieres Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 8pm on Discovery): As the Shark Vortex retreats in the fall, sharks battle it out for dominance in New England's icy waters. Experts brave rough oceans and fierce predators to capture new footage and insight of the phantom shark and reveal which shark reigns supreme.

"Shark Week Best in Show" (special premieres Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 9pm on Discovery): It's time to celebrate the heroes of Shark Week with our very own FIN-tastic awards show! It's big, bloody, and 100 percent sharkier than other awards shows! We'll be handing out the Bronze, Silver and Gold to Shark Week's 2021 Best in Show.

I WAS PREY "Shark Week 2021" (special premieres Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10pm on Discovery): They survived horrific shark attacks, overcoming life and death. Now these two survivors share their stories.


"The Great Hammerhead Stakeout" (special premieres Sunday, July 18, 2021 on discovery+): Dr. Tristan Guttridge and James Glancy travel to Andros Island to investigate reports of an exclusive population of giant hammerheads. To get answers, they attempt one of the longest shark dives ever -- upwards of 10 hours -- using an underwater habitat.

SHARK ACADEMY (linear TV series debut at 10pm on Discovery)

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