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How to watch Shark Week 2021

Shark Week 2021
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It’s just not summer without Shark Week, which is back for the 33rd straight year on Discovery. Discovery is billing this year as the biggest Shark Week ever, with programming running on both the main Discovery channel and the Discovery Plus streaming service.

Shark Week 2021 will provide fans with new research and insights into many different shark species, as well as more entertainment-driven content for them to enjoy.

Among the content that Discovery has announced will be things like never-before-seen Bull shark hunting behavior, a look down the gullet of a Tiger shark and the highest recorded breach of a Great White. Also, William Shatner, Tiffany Haddish, Brad Paisley, the cast of Jackass and more will dive in for their own adventures with sharks.

This year will also see Discovery’s first shark-based competition series, Shark Academy, available on Discovery Plus. Shark Academy will feature eight shark enthusiasts competing for a crew spot on shark scientist Dr. Riley Elliott’s next shark diving expedition. 

Additional content includes a shark movie festival across Discovery platforms leading up to Shark Week, as well as augmented reality filters, livestreams on TikTok and an interactive experience where fans can vote on their favorite Shark Week moments of all time.

How to watch Shark Week 2021 

Shark Week programming is available across all Discovery networks in the U.S. and on Discovery U.K. in the U.K. In addition, Discovery+ will carry Shark Week shows, including its own original programming.

This will be the first time that Shark Week will have its own streaming home following the launch of Discovery Plus. 

The Discover Plus price is competitive with other streaming platforms, offering an ad-supported version for $4.99/month and an ad-free version for $6.99/month. You can also find out what countries Discovery Plus is in here

How to watch Shark Week 2021 from anywhere in the world

Sharks, being the worldly prehistoric creatures that they are, aren't limited to just places where Discovery and Discovery+ are available. So if you've found yourself outside of the U.S. or the UK and still want to watch Shark Week 2021, a good VPN may be just the ticket you need.

A VPN takes all the network traffic from your device and runs it through specific set of servers through a specific country. So even if you're not physically in the U.S. or UK, you can make sure your internet connection is — and then watch Shark Week until the sharks come home.

The thing to remember about a VPN is that it's going to tunnel all of your network traffic, whether it's encrypted or unencrypted. So you need to make sure you're using a VPN that you can trust. And for that, we've long been fans of ExpressVPN.

ExpressVPN is one of the easiest and affordable ways to watch what you want from anywhere you want to watch it. Plus it'll help keep your network traffic away from any prying eyes on public networks.

And it's a great way to watch all the sharktastic shows that make Shark Week the worldwide event it is, year after year.View Deal

Shark Week 2021 schedule

Discovery will have its biggest Shark Week ever, with 45 hours of content that will feature shark and marine experts, as well as celebrities like Tiffany Haddish, William Shatner and Brad Paisley getting up close and personal with some sharks. Here's a rundown of the full Shark Week 2021 schedule on Discovery:  

July 11
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

July 12
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

July 13
8 p.m. — Mothersharker
9 p.m. — Brad Paisley's Shark Country
10 p.m. — Spawn of El Diablo
11 p.m. — Josh Gates Tonight

July 14
8 p.m. — Mecashark
9 p.m. — The Real Sharknado
10 p.m. — Return to the Lair of the Great White
11 p.m. — Josh Gates Tonight

July 15
8 p.m. — Dr. Pimple Popper Pops Shark Week
9 p.m. — Sharkdelic Summer 2
10 p.m. — Mega Jaws of Bird Island
11 p.m. — Josh Gates Tonight

July 16
8 p.m. — Ninja Sharks 2: Mutant 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 From the Deep 2

July 17
8 p.m. — Return to Shark Vortex
9 p.m. — Shark Week Best in Show
10 p.m. — I Was Prey: Shark Week 2021

July 18
10 p.m. — Shark Academy

All of these programs will debut on Discovery Plus the day after they air on broadcast. However, Discovery Plus has its own lineup of Shark Week originals:

July 11
Sharkbait With David Dobrik
Shark Academy
Shark Rumble

July 12
Stranger Sharks
Shark Academy

July 13
Great White Comeback
Shark Academy
Fin

July 14
Tiger Queen
Shark Academy

July 15
Raging Bulls
Shark Academy

July 16
Extinct or Alive: Jaws of Alaska
Shark Academy

July 17
Rogue Tiger Shark: The Hunt for Lagertha

July 18
The Great Hammerhead Stakeout

In-depth descriptions for all of these programs is available on Discovery’s Shark Week website

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.