Shark Week

Shark Week
Network Discovery Channel
Launched July 17, 1988 (1988-07-17)
Owner Discovery Communications
Format Shark-based programming
Running time Airs annually for an entire week in Summer
Original Language(s) English
Official website Official website

Shark Week is an annual, week-long TV programming block created by Tom Golden at the Discovery Channel, which features shark-based programming. Shark Week originally premiered on July 17, 1988. Featured annually, in July and/or early August, it was originally devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions about sharks.[1] Over time, it grew in popularity and became a hit on the Discovery Channel. Since 2010, it has been the longest-running cable television programming event in history.[2] Now broadcast in over 72 countries, Shark Week is promoted heavily via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Episodes of recent years are also available for purchase on services like Google Play Movies & TV/YouTube, Amazon Video, and iTunes. Some episodes are free on subscription-based Hulu.



The complete list of hosts for Shark Week is the following:


In 2015, Discovery announced a new, shark-themed weekend that would air on the Discovery Channel. The weekend took place in late August 2015, and contained three different programs. The first program, which aired on Sunday, August 29, was MythBusters vs. Jaws, followed right after by Shark Alley: Legend of Dynamite. The next day, Sunday, August 30, one program aired, called Air Jaws: Walking with Great Whites. The purpose of Shweekend was to increase the shark-related content from previous years and to prolong the summer's shark coverage.[20]


Since its early days, Shark Week has evolved into more entertainment-oriented and sometimes fictional programming. In recent times, it has attracted much criticism for airing dramatic programs to increase viewers and popularity. This fictitious programming, known as docufiction, has been produced in the last few years. Examples of such programs include Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine, Monster Hammerhead, Lair of the Mega Shark, and Megalodon: The New Evidence. This strategy was successful, especially for the program Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, as it became one of the most watched programs in Shark Week history, primarily for the controversy and backlash it generated.[21] The mockumentary was based on an ancient giant shark called megalodon, which is now long extinct. The airing of this program fueled an uproar by viewers and by the science and science-loving community.[22] It eventually started a Discovery Channel boycott.[22] Since then, Discovery has increasingly come under fire for using junk science, pushing dubious theories, creating fake stories, and misleading scientists as to the nature of the documentary being produced.[23][24]

On 28 October 2014, Rich Ross became the new president of Discovery.[25] Later in early 2015, he vowed to remove the so-called "docufiction", which are fake and dramatized documentaries, from the future Shark Week lineups.[26]

DVD and Blu-ray releases

DVD Name Release
No. of
No. of
Additional information
Anatomy of a Shark Bite 2005 1 1 Bonus Shark Week episode.
Bull Shark: World's Deadliest Shark 2006 1 1 Single episode
Jaws of the Pacific 2006 1 1 Single episode
Shark Week: American Shark 2006 1 1 Single episode
Diary of a Shark Man 2007 1 1 Single episode
Great White Shark: Uncaged 2007 1 1 Single episode
Shark Week: 20th Anniversary Collection 2007 4 14 Various Shark Week episodes.
Discovery Channel: Shark DVD Set 2007 Unknown Unknown Various Shark Week episodes
Shark Week: Ocean of Fear 2008 2 6 The complete 2007 season, the 20th season. Included Ocean of Fear.
Shark Week: The Great Bites Collection 2009 2 9 The complete 2008 season, plus three bonus episodes.
Shark Week: Jaws of Steel Collection 2010 2 8 The complete 2009 season, the 22nd season, plus two bonus episodes.[27] It features the two-hour documentary titled Blood in the Water, which was the season premiere of the 22nd season.
Great White Appetite 2011 1 1 Single episode
Shark Week: Restless Fury 2011 1 8 The complete 2010 season.
Shark Week: 25th Anniversary Collection 2012 1 4 Four popular episodes of recent seasons are packaged on this set.
Shark Week 2013: Fins Of Fury 2013 2 6 The complete 2011 season
Shark Week: Predator Of The Deep 2014 1 Unknown The complete 2012 season
Day of the Shark 2 Unknown 1 1 Single episode
Shark After Dark Unknown 1 1 Single episode; not to be confused with Shark After Dark LIVE
MythBusters: Jaws Special Unknown 1 Unknown MythBusters Shark Week special; includes unaired mini-myths.
Sharkbite Summer Unknown 1 1 Single episode
Shark Week: Favorites Unknown Unknown Unknown Various Shark Week episodes


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  2. Fetters, Ashley (August 13, 2012). "The Evolution of Shark Week, Pop-Culture Leviathan". The Atlantic. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  3. Bartless Manufacturer “swims with sharks” in Upcoming 3D Television Event,, August 11, 2000.
  4. 1 2 3 "Return of "Chompie" In Silver Spring Building Marks 25th Anniversary of Shark Week". 31 July 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  5. "Shark Week 2008: Discovery Channel: Shark Behavior and Conservation". 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  6. Vino Crianza. "Les Stroud's Blog ~ Survivorman » Les Stroud hosts "Surviving Sharks" for Shark Week 2008". Les Stroud. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
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  8. Source: Nielsen Media Research; cume; M-Su 8-11P; LSD P2+; 6-minute qualifier
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  10. "25th Anniversary of 'Shark Week Week' to Premiere Sunday August 12 on Discovery". TV By the Numbers. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  11. "Discovery Channel's post on Vine". Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  12. "'Shark Week' Returns to Discovery Channel August 4 With the Most Hours of Shark Programming Ever". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  13. Rich Juzwiak, "Shark Week Opens with Fake Megalodon Documentary", Gawker, August 5, 2013.
  14. Shark Week Ad on YouTube
  15. 1 2 3 Levin, Gary (January 29, 2015). "Shark Week bites earlier in 2015". USA Today. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  16. Kondolojy, Amanda (June 16, 2015). "Discovery Channel Announces 'Shark Week' 2015 Schedule". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  17. 1 2 Reyes, Traciy (June 23, 2015). "'Sharktacular': Discovery Channel Thrills Fans With A Sneak Peak Of Shark Week July 2015". Inquisitr. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  18. "Listings for 'Sharkopedia'". TV Guide. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  19. 1 2 de Moraes, Lisa (June 2, 2015). "Eli Roth To Host Shark Week's Late Night 'Shark After Dark'". Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  20. Dehnart, Andy. "The first-ever Shweekend arrives, but how did Shark Week do?". Reality Blurred. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  21. Switek, Brian. "It Came From Basic Cable – Phenomena: Laelaps". Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  22. 1 2 Welsh, Jennifer. "People Are Boycotting Shark Week Because Of A Fake Documentary About A Giant Shark". Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  23. "When Wildlife Documentaries Jump the Shark". Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  24. Grant, Bob. "Shark Week Veers Into Fiction . . . Again". Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  25. de Moraes, Lisa (October 28, 2014). "Rich Ross Named Discovery Channel President". Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  26. de Moraes, Lisa (January 8, 2015). "Fake Stuff Out At Discovery Channel, Promises New Chief Rich Ross: TCA". Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  27. "Shark Week: Jaws of Steel Collection".
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