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Josh Harris And Sig Hansen Reveal What Makes Their Deadliest Catch Relationship Work

The results of an online poll once determined that the consensus winner among a selection of "Deadliest Catch" fans asked to choose their favorite captain was Sig Hansen, who leads the crew of the Northwestern. Hansen first appeared on "Deadliest Catch" in its pilot episode, and remains a series staple to this day, making his decisive win unsurprising. In second place came Phil Harris, who captained the Cornelia Marie until his death in 2010. Harris' health struggles were famously caught on camera and included on the show as per his wishes, ranking among some of the saddest moments in "Deadliest Catch" history.

Phil's son Josh Harris now co-captains the Cornelia Marie, effectively carrying on his father's legacy in the present day incarnation of "Deadliest Catch." Josh Harris even once found some of his dad's old charts, which itself was such an impactful moment that it spurred the creation of the spinoff series "Deadliest Catch: Bloodlines."

Harris and Hansen notably get along well during the times they're required to interact with one another on and off-camera. During a joint interview, the two captains happened to detail just what makes their "Deadliest Catch" relationship work so well.

Sig Hansen is proud of Josh Harris' career trajectory

In a joint interview published to her YouTube channel, interviewer Bonnie Laufer asked "Deadliest Catch" captains Josh Harris and Sig Hansen just what they think is responsible for their close working relationship with one another. Speaking first, Harris attributed their closeness to his sunny disposition.

"I'll tell you what, I get along with pretty much anybody. I make people smile because I look like a cartoon character," Harris said. Then, Hansen shared his point-of-view, describing the manner in which Harris stepped into his father's shoes as admirable.

"I remember, you know, before Josh's father passed, he was always a good buddy of mine," said Hansen. "So to see his bloodline and the next generation, I mean, you know, I don't like to say it every day — I won't, because I don't want to kind of swell their heads — but everybody's proud of it, and I think it's wonderful that they can do that."

Separately, Harris described Hansen in an interview with Monsters and Critics as tough and business-minded. "Sig is a Viking battle-ax, that guy is an intelligent businessman, and he's going do whatever he can to keep whatever going that he has got going, you know?" he said.

So, as much as Harris may be a generally friendly and amicable person, there appears to be an earned mutual respect between the two "Deadliest Catch" captains that fuels their relationship to this day.