Shark Week 2021 TV Schedule: Discovery Channel Programming Line-Up


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When is Shark Week?

"Shark Week" is an annual TV event dedicated to shows about sharks on the Discovery Channel. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Shark Week is almost here! The summer tradition airs which every year on the Discovery Channel will begin Sunday (July 11, 2021) and wrap up on July 18. silive.comShark Week 2021 starts Sunday (7-11-2021): Here’s the complete schedule

Beginning this Sunday and continuing through next weekend, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is an annual, Jaws-dropping spectacle featuring more than 30 hours of original programming about one of nature’s most feared predators.

In addition to myriad documentaries, 2021’s star-studded lineup includes Tiffany Haddish Does Shark Week, in which the comedian attempts to uncover the secrets of shark sex; the Jackass Shark Week Special, reuniting Steve-O with Chris Pontius; Stranger Sharks, wherein Stranger Things‘ Mark Rober and Noah Schnapp team up to explore abandoned undersea ruins; The Real Sharknado, in which Ian Ziering and Tara Reid discover if a real Sharknado could take place; and Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek, which sees William Shatner “boldly go where Shark Week has never gone before.”

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How to live stream ‘Shark Week’ 2021 on Discovery Channel for free 10 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

Shark Week will be coming back to Discovery Channel on July 11.

This year, it makes its way back quite a bit earlier than last year, but with a staggering 45 hours of programming, ranging from a new edition of ‘Crikey! It’s Shark Week’ to ‘Shark Academy.’ There will also be plenty of celebrities participating, including Tiffany Haddish, William Shatner, Brad Paisley, and Snoop Dogg.

Here’s what you need to know to watch a free live stream of Shark Week 2021.

As with every other year, Shark Week 2021 will air exclusively on Discovery Channel. You can use the channel finder on your provider’s website to locate it: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish.

The 2021 edition of Shark Week will begin on Sunday, July 11 with “Crikey! It’s Shark Week” at 8 p.m. Shark Week will continue all week, with at least three specials airing each night.

The weeklong event concludes on Sunday, July 18 with a special airing of “Shark Academy” at 10 p.m.

If you’re a cord-cutter or don’t have cable, you can live stream “Shark Week” on Fubo TV or Philo. Both streaming services offer free trials.

Philo is a streaming subscription service that offers a variety of channels with live TV and on-demand content.

For $25 per month, the service offers nearly 60 channels, thousands of on-demand titles, the ability to stream with three devices at once, and a cloud DVR with unlimited 30-day storage. None of its competition offers as much for such a low price.

Fubo is considered the ultimate live TV streaming service for anyone seeking to cut the cord.

With a subscription, you get access to around 109 channels (depending on your local area), 30 hours of DVR space and tons of on-demand content, mainly featuring episodes of shows that have aired in recent weeks. No other service features anywhere near as much content as Fubo does.

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Here is the Shark Week 2021 schedule, from ‘Crikey! It’s Shark Week’ to ‘Shark Academy’ 10 July, 2021 - 11:00am

Shark Week makes its long-awaited return to Discovery Channel on Sunday, July 11 at 8 p.m. This year, there will be a record 28 specials airing over the course of the week, starting with “Crikey! It’s Shark Week” and concluding with “Shark Academy″ on Sunday, July 18.

If you’re a cord-cutter, don’t have cable or want to watch Shark Week on-demand, Discovery Channel is available on Fubo TV or Philo. Both streaming services offer free trials and will allow you to watch any of the specials live as they air, or later on at your leisure.

Here’s a look at the complete schedule for Shark Week 2021. All times, shows, and descriptions are courtesy of Discovery.

8 p.m.: Crikey! It’s Shark Week

9 p.m: Tiffany Haddish Does Shark Week

10 p.m.: Jackass Shark Week

11 p.m.: Josh Gates Tonight

8 p.m.: Air Jaws: Going For Gold

9 p.m: Jaws Awakens: Phred vs. Slash

10 p.m.: Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek

11 p.m.: Josh Gates Tonight

8 p.m.: MotherSharker

9 p.m: Brad Paisley’s Shark Country

10 p.m.: The Spawn of El Diablo

11 p.m.: Josh Gates Tonight

8 p.m.: MechaShark

9 p.m: The Real Sharknado

10 p.m.: Return to Lair of the Great White

11 p.m.: Josh Gates Tonight

8 p.m.: Dr. Pimple Popper Pops Shark Week

9 p.m: Sharkadelic Summer 2

10 p.m.: Mega Jaws of Bird Island

11 p.m.: Josh Gates Tonight

8 p.m.: Ninja Sharks: Mutants Rising

9 p.m: Monster Sharks of Andros Island

10 p.m.: Mystery of the Black Demon Shark

11 p.m.: I Was Prey: Terrors Of The Deep 2

8 p.m.: Return To Shark Vortex

9 p.m: Shark Week Best In Show

10 p.m.: I Was Prey: Shark Week 2021

10 p.m.: Shark Academy

If you’re a cord-cutter or don’t have cable, you can live stream “Shark Week” on Fubo TV or Philo. Both streaming services offer free trials.

You can also watch “Shark Week” 2021 on-demand via either Fubo TV or Philo.

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Before Shark Week and ‘Jaws,’ World War II Spawned America’s Shark Obsession 09 July, 2021 - 06:24pm

Debuting in 1988, the television event was an instant hit. Its financial success wildly exceeded the expectations of its creators, who had been inspired by the profitability of the 1975 blockbuster film “Jaws,” the first movie to earn US$100 million at the box office.

Thirty-three years later, the enduring popularity of the longest-running programming event in cable TV history is a testament to a nation terrified and fascinated by sharks.

Journalists and scholars often credit “Jaws” as the source of America’s obsession with sharks.

Yet as a historian analyzing human and shark entanglements across the centuries, I argue that the temporal depths of “sharkmania” run much deeper.

World War II played a pivotal role in fomenting the nation’s obsession with sharks. The monumental wartime mobilization of millions of people placed more Americans into contact with sharks than at any prior time in history, spreading seeds of intrigue and fear toward the marine predators.

Before World War II, travel across state and county lines was uncommon. But during the war, the nation was on the move.

Out of a population of 132.2 million people, per the 1940 U.S. Census, 16 million Americans served in the armed forces, many of whom fought in the Pacific. Meanwhile, 15 million civilians crossed county lines to work in the defense industries, many of which were in coastal cities, such as Mobile, Alabama; Galveston, Texas; Los Angeles; and Honolulu.

Local newspapers across the country transfixed civilians and servicemen alike with frequent stories of bombed ships and aircraft in the open ocean. Journalists consistently described imperiled servicemen who were rescued or dying in “shark-infested waters.”

Whether sharks were visibly present or not, these news articles magnified a growing cultural anxiety of ubiquitous monsters lurking and poised to kill.

The naval officer and marine scientist H. David Baldridge reported that fear of sharks was a leading cause of poor morale among servicemen in the Pacific theater. General George Kenney enthusiastically supported the adoption of the P-38 fighter plane in the Pacific because its twin engines and long range diminished the chances of a single-engine aircraft failure or an empty fuel tank: “You look down from the cockpit and you can see schools of sharks swimming around. They never look healthy to a man flying over them.”

American servicemen became so squeamish about the specter of being eaten during long oceanic campaigns that U.S. Army and Navy intelligence operations engaged in a publicity campaign to combat fear of sharks.

Published in 1942, “Castaway’s Baedeker to the South Seas” was a “travel” survival guide, of sorts, for servicemen stranded on Pacific islands. The book emphasized the critical importance of conquering such “bogies of the imagination” as “If you are forced down at sea, a shark is sure to amputate your leg.”

Similarly, the Navy’s 1944 pamphlet titled “Shark Sense” advised wounded servicemen stranded at sea to “staunch the flow of blood as soon as you disengage the parachute” to thwart hungry sharks. The pamphlet helpfully noted that hitting an aggressive shark on the nose might stop an attack, as would grabbing a ride on the pectoral fin: “Hold tight and hang on as long as you can without drowning yourself.”

The Department of the Navy also worked with the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, to develop a shark repellent.

Office of Strategic Services executive assistant and future chef Julia Child worked on the project, which tested various recipes of clove oil, horse urine, nicotine, rotting shark muscle and asparagus in hopes of preventing shark attacks. The project culminated in 1945, when the Navy introduced “Shark Chaser,” a pink pill of copper acetate that produced a black inky dye when released in the water – the idea being that it would obscure a serviceman from sharks.

Nonetheless, the U.S. military’s morale-boosting campaign was unable to vanquish the glaring reality of wartime carnage at sea. Military media correctly observed that sharks rarely attack healthy swimmers. Indeed, malaria and other infectious diseases took a far greater toll on U.S. servicemen than sharks.

But the same publications also acknowledged that an injured person was vulnerable in the water. With the frequent bombing of airplanes and ships during World War II, thousands of injured and dying servicemen bobbed helplessly in the ocean.

One of the worst wartime disasters at sea occurred on July 30, 1945, when pelagic sharks swarmed the site of the shipwrecked USS Indianapolis. The heavy cruiser, which had just successfully delivered the components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to Tinian Island in a top-secret mission, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Out of a crew of 1,196 men, 300 died immediately in the blast, and the rest landed in the water. As they struggled to stay afloat, men watched in terror as sharks feasted on their dead and wounded shipmates.

Only 316 men survived the five days in the open ocean.

World War II veterans possessed searing lifelong memories of sharks – either from direct experience or from the shark stories of others. This made them an especially receptive audience for Peter Benchley’s taut shark-centered thriller “Jaws,” which he published in 1974.

Don Plotz, a Navy sailor, immediately wrote to Benchley: “I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. For I have rather a personal interest in sharks.”

In vivid detail, Plotz recounted his experiences on a search and rescue mission in the Bahamas, where a hurricane had sunk the USS Warrington on Sept. 13, 1944. Of the original crew of 321, only 73 survived.

“We picked up two survivors who had been in the water twenty-four hours, and fighting off sharks,” Plotz wrote. “Then we spent all day picking up the carcasses of those we could find, identifying them and burying. Sometime only rib cages … an arm or leg or a hip. Sharks were all around the ship.”

Benchley’s novel paid little attention to World War II, but the war anchored one of the movie’s most memorable moments. In the haunting, penultimate scene, one of the shark hunters, Quint, quietly reveals that he is a survivor of the USS Indianapolis disaster.

“Sometimes the sharks look right into your eyes,” he says. “You know the thing about a shark, he’s got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. He comes at you, he doesn’t seem to be living until he bites you.”

The power of Quint’s soliloquy drew upon the collective memory of the most massive wartime mobilization in American history. The oceanic reach of World War II placed greater numbers of people into contact with sharks under the dire circumstances of war. Veterans bore intimate witness to the inevitable violence of battle, compounded by the trauma of seeing sharks circle and feed opportunistically on their dead and dying comrades.

Their horrifying experiences played a pivotal role in creating an enduring cultural figure: the shark as a mindless, spectral terror that can strike at any moment, a haunting artifact of World War II that primed Americans for the era of “Jaws” and “Shark Week.”

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