Discovery's much-beloved Shark Week kicked off Sunday night with the featured show Shark Trip: Eat. Prey. Chum. Unlike traditional Shark Week programming, however, this 2-hour show focused much more on comedic bits with celebrities Anthony Anderson, Adam Devine, Rob Riggle, Damon Wayans Jr. and Joel McHale than it did on sharks and science.
The programming for Shark Week has changed substantially since it first premiered in 1988. Originally, the content aimed to educate viewers and help with shark conservation.
Over the years, Discovery has experimented with various shark-related content, with frequent success. But this isn’t the first time fans have been overly disappointed by the programming.
In 2017, the network teased a swimming competition between a great while shark and Olympian Michael Phelps. Many fans were disappointed that the race relied on CGI animation and loose science. In fact, both Phelps and Discovery had to defend the show against major backlash.
This time, fans were upset because the show focused much more on comedic bits than anything else.
#sharktrip I love shark week, been watching all my life, this is by far The Dumbest most disgraceful start to Shark week ever!!!!! Get rid of these morons and get to shark study, anything with real science or credible people, not idiot actors!!!!— Swilliams (@GatorGoul) July 29, 2019
Are ppl seriously being entertained by #SharkTrip? This is utterly stupid and possibly the furthest from what Shark Week originally was about that captured fans attention.— Hock (@Hock23) July 29, 2019
Shark week was a lot better before you had a bunch of D list celebrities doing skits for attention. Please just stick to sharks, this #SharkTrip show sucks.— Logan Gray (@LoganLeeGray) July 29, 2019
Despite not being that informative, the show definitely had funny moments. And in the end, Adam Devine did manage to tag a tiger shark with a C.A.T.S. cam, and technically that’s science.
For more on Shark Week programming, visit the Shark Week page at Discovery.
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