The series originally premiered on Discovery Channel on July 17, 1988 and has since become the longest running cable television programming event in history. The series was originally developed to raise awareness for sharks, but has come under recent criticism for abandoning this goal in favor of sensationalist programming. At it’s peak, the network faced some major backlash after 2014’s lineup which featured a few “mockumentaries” that fooled some of the general public into believing the shows were factual. This year, the network has promised to return to it’s original mission and has a new focus on awareness, conservation, and scientific research. Here’s the line-up.
Premiered Sun Jul 5 8/7c
Shark researcher Greg Skomal and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution go on a mission to find great white sharks in Florida, which seem to be increasing. It’s the largest study of Atlantic great whites.
Island of the Mega Shark
Premiered Sun Jul 5 9/8c
Join shark experts Andy Casagrande, Jeff Kurr and Dickie Chivell at Guadalupe Island, Mexico on their mission to film the largest great white shark…ever. Many believe that the largest great whites congregate at this great white hot spot.
Premiered Sun Jul 5 10/9c
The mako shark is know to be the fastest shark in the ocean, but their top speed remains a mystery. In this show, marine biologists work to solve the mystery, while a second team aims to show that mako sharks, like great whites, are ambush predators that breach as part of their hunting strategy.
Return of the Great White Serial Killer
Premiered Mon Jul 6 9/8c
Mystery surrounds Surf Beach in California, where shark attacks have plagued beach goers on a two year cycle since 2008. As the fateful month of October 2014 closes in researches explore if the attacks happen again, could it be the same shark, and if DNA can identify the great white shark responsible?
Alien Sharks: Close Encounters
Premiered Mon Jul 6 10/9c
Deep below the ocean’s surface live some of the strangest marine animals on earth. Now, three expeditions are exploring those depths for sharks that glow in the dark. They are hoping for a close encounter in the strange domain of alien sharks.
Bride of Jaws
Premieres Tue Jul 7 9/8c
Off the Western Australia coast lurks a huge female great white shark, named “Joan of Shark.” Reported to be nearly 18 feet and over 3,000 pounds, three shark experts follow an extraordinary 4,000-mile migratory path to find and tag her.
Tiburones: Sharks of Cuba
Premieres Tue Jul 7 10/9c
Continuing the hunt for mega sharks, a team of researchers head to Cuba to search for evidence of a population of large white sharks 70 years after the largest great white ever recorded, a 23 ft. Great White named “The Cuban” was caught off the coast.
Shark After Dark
Premieres Tue Jul 7 11/10c
Join filmmaker Joe Romeiro and shark enthusiast Eli Roth for the return of everyone’s favorite late-night shark-themed talk show: Shark After Dark. Sunday through Thursday at 11/10c, Eli will be joined by actors, comedians, shark scientists and other surprise guests.
Premieres Wed Jul 8 9/8c
Wildlife filmmaker Dave Riggs goes on a search for the predator that ate a 9-foot great white off the coast of Australia.
Premieres Wed Jul 8 10/9c
The ocean is a cruel place—full of predators driven to survive. But at the apex of the food chain are six swift and deadly sharks. These stealthy assassins exploit prey with specialized adaptations, making them the most fearsome predators on the planet.
Premieres Thu Jul 9 9/8c
From the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, to the tropical seas of Indonesia, researchers are getting closer to sharks than ever before. Join us on an epic journey around the globe documenting groundbreaking new research into these long misunderstood animals.
Sharks of the Shadowland
Premieres Fri Jul 10 9/8c
Mysterious sharks threaten government divers in remote New Zealand waters. Attack survivor Jenny Oliver and researcher Kina Scollay are on a quest to find out if the mysterious sevengill sharks are targeting divers…and are they hunting in packs?
Premieres Fri Jul 10 10/9c
Fifty years ago, Rodney Fox barely survived a great white shark attack. Now he is trying to help sharks survive mankind’s increasing pressure upon the oceans. Join Rodney and his team as they study and tag great whites off the coast of South Australia.
Premieres Sat Jul 11 9/8c
We scoured the seas to bring you the greatest moments from Shark Week 2015! Only the closest calls, biggest bites and greatest gadgets made the cut. Then, we’re revealing your top picks for the best moments in Shark Week history.
Premieres Sun Jul 12 8/7c
In a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island has become the most dangerous place on the planet for shark attacks. After 7 deaths in 4 years, locals and scientists are in a race against time to find answers before another fatal encounter.
For more information and videos, check out Discovery Channel’s Shark Week webpage.