Almost two decades into its small screen run on Discovery, "Deadliest Catch" continues to thrill reality TV fans with its exploration of the high-stakes world of Alaskan king crab fishing. And if the current season's success is any indication, the Bering Sea-set reality series will likely keep doing so for many more to come.

As with most reality TV series, there's an ongoing debate about just how "real" the drama is from one episode of "Deadliest Catch" to the next.

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