Shark Week 2022: schedule, how to watch and everything we know

Shark with a Discovery Shark Week 2022 logo in its mouth
Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water... (Image credit: Discovery)

It’s just not summer without Shark Week, which is back for the 34th straight year on Discovery.  Shark Week 2022 brings 25 hours of shows and never-before-seen footage, groundbreaking findings and mega breaches. Here’s everything you need to know.

While the sharks are undoubtedly the stars of Shark Week, Discovery always invites a few well-known celebrities to be a part of the festivities. This year the host is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who serves as the Master of Ceremonies for Shark Week 2022. Others slated to appear are comedian Tracy Morgan; Impractical Jokers stars Sal Vulcano, James Murray and Brian Quinn; and the cast of Jackass, among others.

We’ve got you covered on everything Shar Week — from the schedule, what and where to watch and even a special Discovery Plus deal just for Shark Week. Let’s dive in...

When is Shark Week?

Shark Week 2022 runs from Sunday, July 24, to Saturday, July 30, with a full slate of programming each night.

How to watch Shark Week 2022

Shark Week programming is available across all Discovery networks in the US and on Discovery UK. In addition, you can stream Shark Week on Discovery Plus, which also has its own original shows.

The Discovery 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 check out which countries have Discovery Plus

Alternatively, in the US, Discovery is available via the main streaming services like FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV. In the UK, Discovery can be found on Sky TV and BT.

Discovery Plus Shark Week deal

As luck would have it, Discovery Plus is offering a special deal (sadly, US-only) for July to celebrate Shark Week. From July 11 to July 31, you can sign up for Discovery Plus for $0.99 for the first two months (will revert to $4.99 per month after two months). 

Note, you can't sign up for a Discovery Plus free trial with this offer and it is only available through the website. But with it, you’ll get access to more than 60,000 episodes and more than 200 Discovery Plus original series, including all of this year's Shark Week.

Shark Week 2022 trailer

Shark Week 2022 shows

Enough preamble, let’s get into what's on offer for Shark Week fans this year. Here's an overview of the schedule.

Dawn of the Monster Mako
“A 14-foot Giant Mako is spotted in the waters of the Azores. Underwater cinematographer Joe Romeiro and his wife, marine biologist Lauren, search the teeming depths around the ancient islands to capture the beast on film.”

Friday, July 15, exclusively on Discovery Plus

The Haunting of Shark Tower
“News of a harrowing shark encounter at Frying Pan Tower has Underwater Cinematographer Andy Casagrande and Shark Expert Kori Garza on a dangerous quest to discover if great white sharks hunt in the waters off the coast of North Carolina.”

Friday, July 15, exclusively on Discovery Plus

Great White Intersection
“Following the tragic and fatal shark attack of Arthur Medici in September 2018, Intersection takes an in-depth look at the resurgence of great white sharks off the beaches of Cape Cod as the local community struggles to come to terms with a new reality.”

Saturday, July 23, exclusively on Discovery Plus

Return to Headstone Hell
“Dr. Riley Elliott returns to Norfolk Island with underwater cinematographer Kina Scollay to see what happens when the island's tiger sharks go head-to-head with migrating great whites over an unusual food source: cow carcasses.”

Sunday, July 24, 7 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Great White Battleground
“Michelle Jewel believes the largest population of leaping great whites in South Africa do more than just hunt for their favorite prey. Join Michelle as she embarks on a journey to prove these sharks are breaching to communicate with each other.”

Sunday, July 24, 8 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Jackass Shark Week 2.0
“Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Jasper, Dark Shark, Zach Holmes and Poopies are back to finish what they started. After the guys went on a terrifying Shark Week mission last year, the boys head out to get their friend poopies over his fear of sharks.”

Sunday, July 24, 9 pm ET/PT on Discovery; streaming on Discovery Plus

Great White Open Ocean
“In 2020, shark diving expert Jimi Partington nearly dies in the jaws of a great white. A year later, he looks to overcome his PTSD and get back in the water with the ocean's biggest megasharks. But what starts off as a positive experience, quickly becomes a battle for life and death.”

Sunday, July 24, 10:30 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Stranger Sharks
“Mark Rober and Noah Schnapp from Stranger Things are teaming up for the ultimate Shark Week adventure -- exploring abandoned undersea ruins and man-made artificial reefs searching for the strangest sharks in the ocean.”

Monday, July 25, 7 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Air Jaws: Top Gun
“High-flying sharks are back, but with a new team competing to be the next ‘top guns’ of Air Jaws. Dickie Chivell and Andy Casagrande use the latest high-tech cameras in hopes of capturing new iconic shots that made Air Jaws legendary.”

Monday, July 25, 8 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Great White Serial Killer: Fatal Christmas

“After a surfer dies off Morro Bay, California on Christmas Eve, shark attack investigators Ralph Collier and Brandon McMillan use forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts to ID the suspected killer: an 18-foot great white.”

Monday, July 25, 9 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Rise of the Monster Hammerheads
“Reports of two legendary, very large great hammerheads, Big Moe in the Florida Keys and Sunken in Andros, Bahamas, have Dr. Tristan Guttridge and Andy Casagrande wondering if there is a clan of monster hammerheads who share the same DNA.”

Monday, July 25, 10 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Mega Predators of Oz
“In South Australia, a fisherman found a half-eaten mako and shark experts say only one species is responsible. Using underwater ultrasound imagery, tissue sampling and collecting DNA, they will prove that the great white is the ultimate MEGA PREDATOR.”

Monday, July 25, 11 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Extinct or Alive: Jaws of Alaska
“International wildlife biologist Forrest Galante travels the world in search of rare and elusive wildlife, including those lost to science, and mysterious cold-water sharks.”

Tuesday, July 26, 7 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Impractical Jokers: Shark Week Spectacular
“The Impractical Jokers are the kings of hijinx and fearless in the face of public humiliation, but what happens when they set out to dispel the myth that sharks are man-eating beasts the only way they know how — WITH EXTREME, MORTIFYING DARES.”

Tuesday, July 26, 8 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus. Thursday, July 28, 9 pm ET/PT on TruTV

Jaws vs Kraken

“Something shocking is happening in the abyss around Guadalupe Island. Photos of great whites with strange scars believed to be from giant squids have surfaced. Dr. Tristan Guttridge leads a mission to get a glimpse into the battles between the two beasts.”

Tuesday, July 26, 9 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Pigs vs Sharks

“The famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas may be in peril. Some believe that the local tiger shark population has acquired a taste for pork and may be feasting on these famous oink-sters.”

Tuesday, July 26, 10 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Raging Bulls

“Bull sharks are one of Australia's "Big 3" deadly shark species, and recently, there's been a shift in their behavior concerning the human population. Paul De Gelder joins Johan Gustafson to uncover why these sharks are becoming more aggressive hunters.”
Tuesday, July 26, 11 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

The Island of Walking Sharks
“Animal Planet’s International wildlife conservationist and biologist, Forrest Galante travels the world in search of new and mysterious species of sharks, as well as forgotten or unseen creatures that have been misidentified or declared extinct.”

Wednesday, July 27, 8 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

MechaShark Love Down Under

“Shark expert Kina Scollay and his elite team return with a unique one-man-submersible, the Mechashark, to a top-secret location off New Zealand attempting to do something that’s never been done: locate a Great White shark mating ground.”

Wednesday, July 27, 9 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Mission Shark Dome
“A team of shark experts uses new dive technology to get closer to sharks like never before. Dr. Austin Gallagher and Andre Musgrove enter the Shark Dome to allow them to dive without noisy scuba equipment to locate an elusive great white pupping zone.”

Wednesday, July 27, 10 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Great White Comeback

“In 2017, one of the strangest ocean mysteries occurred in South Africa when an entire great white shark population disappeared overnight. Alison Towner and her team head out on an epic investigation to find the missing great whites of Seal Island.”

Wednesday, July 27, 11 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Sharks! With Tracy Morgan

“Tracy Morgan teams up with shark experts throughout the country to identify the craziest and most ferocious sharks in the ocean. From rare species to stealth predators, Tracy shows off his favorite sharks and their incredible capabilities and adaptations.”

Thursday, July 28, 8 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Shark House

“After great whites started washing up dead in South Africa, Dickie Chivell spent years building and testing an undersea "Shark House" to find out why. Now, ready to deploy, he's not just looking for answers, he's looking for survivors too.”

Thursday, July 28, 9 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Monster Mako Under the Rig

“A team of researchers has discovered a mysterious group of mako sharks of the Gulf of Mexico who migrate around Florida and up to Rhode Island. They call these makos Mavericks. Now, the teams are trying to discover what sets them apart from other makos.”

Thursday, July 28, 10 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Tiger Queen

“The shark population in Turks and Caicos has a sizable concentration of female tiger sharks, leaving scientists wondering where all the males are hiding. Shark enthusiast Kinga Philipps joins Dr. Austin Gallagher to help solve this puzzling mystery.”

Thursday, July 28, 11 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Jaws vs the Blob

“A new ocean phenomenon known as The Blob sends juvenile Great White sharks straight into a feeding frenzy for monster 20ft adults off the coast of Guadalupe Island. A team of shark experts dives deep to discover if the young sharks survive or become a snack.”

Friday, July 29, 8 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Clash of the Killers: Great White vs Mako

“Scientist Dr. Riley Elliott is tracking two of the ocean’s most legendary apex predators — great whites and makos — as they head on a collision course during their yearly migration off the coast of New Zealand.”

Friday, July 29, 9 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Shark Women: Ghosted by Great Whites

“Alison Towner has risked her life many times, studying the migration patterns and tagging white sharks in South Africa for the past decade. This spectacular adventure with the next generation of shark explorers, Alison, and her all-female crew will pull all the stops — cage dive, free dive, deploy drones and decoys, and more — to find her missing white sharks.”

Friday, July 29, 10 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

The Great Hammerhead Stakeout

“Dr. Tristan Guttridge and James Glancy travel to Andros Island to investigate reports of an exclusive population of giant hammerheads. To get answers, they attempt one of the longest shark dives ever upwards of 10 hours using an underwater habitat.”

Friday, July 29, 11 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Monsters of the Cape
“Shark Week Veterans Dr. Craig O'Connell and Mark Rackley dive into the great white-infested waters off of Cape Cod looking to test cutting-edge shark deterrents to help keep the waters of the Cape safe for both beach-goers and sharks before it's too late.”

Saturday, July 30, 8 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Sharks in Paradise
“Shark conservationist Kinga Philipps and scientist Tristan Guttridge embark on an expedition through the remote Islands of Tahiti to investigate whether local legends and mysteries about massive tiger sharks are true.”

Saturday, July 30, 9 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

Shark Rober
“YouTube star, NASA engineer and inventor Mark Rober teams up with marine biologist Luke Tipple to test the theory that sharks can smell human blood from a mile away. They get surprising results from three species of shark, using cutting-edge electronics.”

Saturday, July 30, 11:30 pm ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on Discovery Plus

In-depth descriptions for all of these programs are available on Discovery’s Shark Week website (opens in new tab)

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).