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Shark Tank

Shark Tank

Photo Credit:  ABC
  • Premiered: 
    August 9, 2009
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the Japanese gameshow (Dragons' Den) 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: business, entrepreneurship

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Plot Synopsis

This reality series gives budding entrepreneurs a chance to make their dreams come true and become successful -- and possibly wealthy -- business people. But the entrepreneurs must first try to convince five tough, multi-millionaire tycoons to part with their own hard-earned cash and give them the funding they need to jumpstart their ideas. The tycoons try to negotiate a deal with the entrepreneurs until all five of them say "I'm out." For the first two seasons, the business sharks were: real-estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; infomercial industry pioneer Kevin Harrington; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion icon Daymond John; financial expert Kevin O'Leary. In Season 2, Mark Cuban and Jeff Foxworthy joined the show as guest Shark investors, with Cuban replacing Harrington as a regular investor in Season 3. Plus, retail-product inventor Lori Greiner, "The Queen of QVC," joined the program in Season 3 as a guest shark investor and in Season 4 she joined the series as a regular investor. During the third season, the Sharks offered over $6.2 million of their own money in investment deals to bankroll a creative array of innovative entrepreneurs, after investing $5 million (Season 1) and $4 million (Season 2) in previous seasons.

When SHARK TANK returned for its fifth season in Fall 2013, two guest tycoon businessmen and philanthropists dove into the tank alongside the Sharks: Steve Tisch, Chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants and partner at Escape Artists Productions; and John Paul DeJoria, best known as a co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patron Spirits Company.

Season 6 of SHARK TANK premiered on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT with a two-hour season premiere, and then moved to its regular timeslot at 9pm ET/PT one week later on Friday, October 3.

SHARK TANK returned for its seventh season on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, with Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O'Leary and guest shark Ashton Kutcher appearing in this episode.

Season 8 of SHARK TANK premiered on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC, with all six Sharks circling the Tank for the first time ever. The Sharks in this episode are Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Daymond John, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown stops by the Tank to tout the benefits of personalized shoe slides developed by an entrepreneur from Norwood, Massachusetts; a wise-beyond-her-years 16-year-old high school junior from Naperville, Illinois, impresses the Sharks with an app that can stop cyberbullying messages before the damage can be done; two men from Howell, New Jersey, designed an ingenious at-home beer dispenser that uses sound waves that makes bottled and canned beer taste just like draft; with inspiration from her terminally ill mother, a woman from West Valley City, Utah, realized that sending heartwarming chicken soup was the perfect gift and a needed business. Also, an update on Shaan Patel from Las Vegas, Nevada, and his SAT prep course, 2400 Expert, in which Mark Cuban invested in during Season 7.

ABC premiered the ninth season of SHARK TANK on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT. The two-hour season premiere is on a new night, Sunday, and the new season's episodes air in their regular time period beginning Sunday, October 8 at 9pm. Int the season opener (8pm), Adventurer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson is featured in a profile highlighting how he made a career out of breaking tradition. Founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard has created more than 400 companies spanning travel, financial services, telecom, health & wellness, and more recently, space travel. Then, the night's second episode (9pm) features a profile on serial investor Rohan Oza, dubbed "Hollywood's Brandfather" by the Hollywood Reporter and the mastermind behind some of the most iconic brands in the consumer space today. Born and raised in Zambia and of Indian descent, the profile highlights his humble but proud road to entrepreneurial success. Season 9 brings several other exciting new guest Sharks into the Tank. The guest Sharks, who are icons and trailblazers in their respective business fields, will appear individually alongside four other Sharks in various episodes during the 2017-2018 season. Besides Richard Branson and Rohan Oza, the other guest Sharks are (alphabetically): Sara Blakely, the founder and sole owner of Spanx; Bethenny Frankel, the self-made businesswoman and founder of Skinnygirl, who is the star of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY; and Alex Rodriguez, one of Major League Baseball's greatest players, who is CEO of AROD Corp.

Three brand-new guest Sharks joined Season 10 of SHARK TANK, which returned for its tenth season on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT and then moves to its regular timeslot -- Sundays at 9pm -- the following week. Charles Barkley, Matt Higgins and, for the first time, former SHARK TANK entrepreneur-turned-Shark Jamie Siminoff join fan favorite guest Sharks Sarah Blakely, Bethenny Frankel, Rohan Oza and Alex Rodriguez. The guest Sharks, who are icons and trailblazers in their respective business fields, will appear individually alongside Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes during the 2018-2019 season.

On Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the eleventh season of SHARK TANK, with Sharks Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John returning to the tank. Guest Sharks include founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, Katrina Lake; founder and CEO of KIND, Daniel Lubetzky; international tennis star and creator of Sugarpova, Maria Sharapova; and co-founder and CEO of the personal genomics company 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki. Recurring Shark Rohan Oza, iconic Smartwater and Vitaminwater brand builder, and serial entrepreneur Matt Higgins, co-founder and CEO of RSE Ventures, also return for the show's 11th season.

On Friday, October 16, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT, ABC debuted the Season 12 premiere of SHARK TANK, which adds two brand-new guest Sharks for its 12th season: Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS and co-founder of Madefor, and Kendra Scott, founder and CEO, Kendra Scott, LLC, and one of only 16 women to found a $1 billion company. The Guest Sharks appear individually alongside Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes during the 2020-2021 season. Alex Rodriguez, legendary baseball player and founder and CEO of A-Rod Corp, and Daniel Lubetzky, founder and executive chairman of KIND, also return. For its new season, SHARK TANK was filmed for the first time ever in Las Vegas, hosted by The Venetian and Sands Expo & Convention Center.

SHARK TANK returned for its 13th season on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC. Season 13 features four new guest sharks diving into the tank for the first time: Emma Grede, CEO and co-founder of Good American and founding partner of SKIMS; Kevin Hart, actor, investor and entrepreneur; Peter Jones, the sole remaining original Dragon on the BBC's DRAGONS' DEN; and Nirav Tolia, co-founder of Nextdoor. Those four guest sharks will appear individually alongside long-standing Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes during the 2021-2022 season. Daniel Lubetzky, founder and executive chairman of KIND, also returns this season.

Season 14 of SHARK TANK premiered on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 8pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on ABC with a live series opener, allowing viewers to watch pitches and deals in real time. SHARK TANK adds two new guest Sharks for its 14th season. Gwyneth Paltrow, CEO and founder of goop, and Tony Xu, CEO of and co-founder of DoorDash, are set to appear alongside long-standing Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes. Emma Grede, CEO and co-founder of Good American, founding partner of SKIMS, and co-founder of Safely; Peter Jones, Dragon on BBC's DRAGON'S DEN; Daniel Lubetzky, founder of KIND and co-founder of SOMOS Foods; and Kendra Scott, founder, executive chairwoman & chief creative officer, Kendra Scott, LLC, also return this season as Guest Sharks.
Tonight (Friday, November 18, 2022) at 8pm ET/PT, ABC premieres a new episode of SHARK TANK. The Sharks in this episode are: Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec. First into the Tank are entrepreneurs from West Palm Beach, Florida, who guarantee their artisan cheese and charcuterie board delivery business will impress and be the perfect gift for any event. Entrepreneurs from Los Angeles present their subscription-based product line designed to keep cars fresh and vibe while one drives; while brothers with an affinity for action sports from Traverse, Michigan, hope to lead the way with their stylish lighting kit for sporting equipment designed to keep people safe at night. Last into the Tank is an entrepreneur from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, who offers the ultimate shaving experience with his all-in-one solution designed to refresh and enhance all shaving needs. In a SHARK TANK update, Mika Bertholdo from Celina, Texas, and her investor Emma Grede have an update on ooakshell, a one-size-fits-all, multifunctional hair accessories.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Sony Pictures Television
  • Produced by Mark Burnett Productions


  • Sands Expo & Convention Center (Season 12) - Las Vegas, Nevada USA
  • The Venetian (Season 12) - Las Vegas, Nevada USA