Shark Tank Season 1 - Episode 1
First Shark Tank Show 8/9/2009
The first Shark Tank Show aired on August 9, 2009 with over 4 1/4 Million viewers watching the first contestant's go up against the Sharks. The very first Shark's were Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Kevin Harrington and the two seasoned Shark's brought over from Canada's Dragon's Den, Kevin O'Leary and Robert Herjevic. A total of five companies would pitch their business idea's, but only two would walk away with a deal.
The idea for the Shark Tank Show first began in 2001 when it premiered in Japan as "Manē no Tora" (Tiger of Money) and quickly spread to other parts of the world. Canada picked the series up and called it The Dragon's Den. Depending on where you are in the world, the Angel Investors are known as Dragons, Lion's or Sharks. Our version of the Dragon's Den sat on the shelf for five years before a very famous producer known for the most successful reality show on the planet (Survivor) decided to pursue his next big hit. Mark Burnett committed 14 episode's for Season 1 and knew immediately he had another Hit to add to his impressive resume.
The first opportunity up was Mr. Tod's Pie Factory. With almost a Million Dollars in sales and demand that was hard to keep up, Mr. Tod was asking for $460,000.00 for a 10% stake in his company.
Mr. Tod's Pie Factory
|First Business Featured On|
The Shark Tank on ABC