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Catfish: The TV Show

Catfish: The TV Show

MTV 2012

Nev and his co-hosts -- from Max to Kamie to celebrity guests -- help people in dubious online relationships track down their baes IRL so they can sort out what's fact and what's fiction.

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I confess I have been fooled, tricked, disappointed, and even betrayed a few times while surfing the online realm of online dating. Indeed I have been catfished a couple of times, but I am over it and by the way, no, I have not stopped using online dating apps, (are you kidding me, it is a lot of fun).

So naturally, I am a big fan of the American TV reality show Catfish. It is fun, quite enjoyable, realistic, and frankly necessary for helping people maneuver within the endless magnificent world of online dating, (I totally recommend honesty when using such apps).


Interestingly enough, the idea and concept behind the show Catfish manifested after Nev Schulman the current host and executive producer of the show was catfished. His experience led him to collaborate with Henry Joos in creating the documentary film Catfish which premiered in 2010, the film pathed the way for the show Catfish.

Catfishing is the process in which a person creates a totally fake and deceptive online profile or steals someone else biographical and other private info to create a fake profile for themselves, then uses it to capture the hearts of the good gullible, and naive people to establish a romantic relationship with them. Oh wait, I have just explained what the Show Catfish is all about. It is about investigating the drama, truth, and lies in online dating, and bringing the catfish and catfished together face to face in order to face reality and sometimes the “music of deception” together. I will not spoil anything for you here, but I have to say Catfish is very human and emotional, and sometimes it reminds us that happy endings are real and more common than we like to believe. Escaping loneliness and low self-esteem is not just a patent process for the weakhearted and insecure.

Catfish first premiered on November 12, 2012, on MTV which in 2020 collaborated with Wondery Premium Podcast and began releasing episodes under the title Catfish The Podcast.

The host Nev Schulman has been a fixture in the show since its inception, co-host Max Joseph left the show after a controversy in 2018, however, every now and then he does make an appearance, mainly because of his very strong friendship with Nev. The current official co-host is none other than the beautiful and stunning Kamie Crawford, who started appearing on the show in 2019 but by 2020 she become a full-time co-host. Since then she has contributed quite positively to the show's quality, diversification of the audience, and ratings. You probably know her as the host of the reunion episode of Issa Rae’s reality show Sweet Life: Los Angeles.

I found that watching Catfish can cause some nailbiting. I am always waiting to see if the catfish and catfished are total liars who have been engaged in deception and manipulation in an artificial fantasy via the internet or are honest but had to bend some facts and truths to achieve some “feelings and satisfaction”. I do feel sad sometimes when some episodes turn totally sad and even dark. Thank god, the show has expert psychologists following everything going on with the catfish and catfished in order to keep them mentally safe from potential shocks and disappointments.

The show did hit a snag In 2018 when production was suspended following an accusation of sexual misconduct. But that did not last long since investigations revealed that the report of sexual misconduct was found to be "not credible".

Of course, there have been some spinoffs. For example, the show Ghosted: Love Gone Missing, which is hosted by The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and rapper Travis Mills, features stories about people trying to find former friends or romantic partners after having been estranged for a long time.

Sophie ☕️🍰 - jun 05, 2022

The 10 Best Episodes of Catfish: The TV Show

Catfish: The TV Show - S2E4

#1 - Lauren & Derek (Season 2 - Episode 4)

A woman becomes suspicious of a man she met on Myspace when he avoids meeting her in person.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 116 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E32

#2 - Paul & Caitea (Season 8 - Episode 32)

Paul met Caitea on Xbox and fell madly in love, but one day Caitea just disappeared! A decade later, Nev and Kamie help Paul find his first love. But what they find is one of the most shocking reveals in catfish history!

The episode was rated 8.23 from 53 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E22

#3 - Jeanette, Kiara & Patrick (Season 8 - Episode 22)

Helping Jeanette find her catfish turns cray fast when Nev and Kamie find out Jeanette’s cousin Kiara might be dating the same notorious catfish irl! 7 years of love and betrayal intersect in this shocking episode!

The episode was rated 8.19 from 53 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E47

#4 - Dey & Cody (Season 8 - Episode 47)

Dey’s been a fan of Cody for 13 years and they recently fell in love, but Cody still refuses to meet or video chat! Can Nev and Kamie help Dey find her longtime love? Or is Dey part of a troll’s plot to ruin Cody’s reputation?

The episode was rated 8.06 from 53 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E58

#5 - Hayley & Britani (Season 8 - Episode 58)

Hayley met Britani on Instagram and fell fast in love, but Hayley’s sister thinks Britani is sus. Now, with Hayley planning a dangerous trip to meet Britani, her sister is worried and calls Nev and Kamie to find answers ASAP!

The episode was rated 7.95 from 41 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S5E15

#6 - Spencer & Katy (Season 5 - Episode 15)

Spencer reveals that he has been having a relationship with a pop star, and the Catfish team sets out to find the truth.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 240 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E19

#7 - Dianela & Jose (Season 8 - Episode 19)

After arriving in the u.s., dianela enlists nev and kamie's help to get answers about jose, a fellow venezuelan transplant she's had a four-year virtual relationship with, but has never met.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 57 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E17

#8 - Zay & Jayda (Season 8 - Episode 17)

Nev and Kamie take a virtual dive into a sticky situation. Zay has gotten herself entangled with beautiful Jayda, causing strain on her already struggling marriage. But the lies are so deep, it’s hard to uncover the truth.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 62 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S7E10

#9 - Dylan & Savenia (Season 7 - Episode 10)


The episode was rated 7.88 from 156 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E29

#10 - Jason & Mar (Season 8 - Episode 29)

California preacher Jason thought Mar was the one when they matched on Jack’d but Mar would never meet up! when Nev and Kamie find out that Mar could be a girl scamming him for money, Jason has to confront some hard truths.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 41 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E18
#11 - Ryan & Micah
Season 8 - Episode 18

Nev and Kamie help Ryan, an unemployed man using his savings to entertain a woman who is unable to FaceTime, even during quarantine.

The episode was rated from 64 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S8E3
#12 - Sparkayla & Maritha
Season 8 - Episode 3

Kiana is convinced that her wife, Sparkayla, is being catfished by a girl claiming to be her long lost sister; Nev and Kamie perform the first ever DNA test in Catfish history to uncover the real roots of this family deception.

The episode was rated from 82 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S5E10
#13 - Kayla & Courtney
Season 5 - Episode 10

When Kayla was two, her father killed her mother and then later committed suicide. Years later, Kayla is sent a message from Courtney, a woman claiming to be channeling her dead father’s spirit.

The episode was rated from 229 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S8E12
#14 - Kristen & Sarah
Season 8 - Episode 12

The pandemic is not slowing Nev and Kamie down as they set out virtually to help Kristen find the woman she loves, Sarah. The search is derailed when a twist so huge rocks everyone’s understanding of the truth.

The episode was rated from 52 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S8E16
#15 - Stephanie & Danny
Season 8 - Episode 16

Stephanie has been talking to Danny for nearly 10 years, but she's never met or even video chatted with him, so she reaches out to Nev and Kamie to find out what he's been hiding.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S8E13
#16 - Dre & Casey
Season 8 - Episode 13

Still under lockdown, Nev and Kamie receive a request to help Dre finally meet elusive Casey. But the request is so unconventional and the situation becomes so intense that the hosts question if they should continue the search.

The episode was rated from 48 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S7E38
#17 - Tristyn & Lara
Season 7 - Episode 38

Trystyn and Lara have cultivated their love over the course of several months on the internet but things may be completely different when they meet in person for the first time.

The episode was rated from 75 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S7E17
#18 - Derek & Annabelle
Season 7 - Episode 17

A mystery email leads Nev and Laura to help Derek track down his online love Annabelle. After digging, they uncover a sexy Snapchat scandal, betrayal, and a conclusion that hits closer to home than Derek could have ever dreamed.

The episode was rated from 108 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S2E9
#19 - Artis & Jess
Season 2 - Episode 9

Relationships are put at risk when a man and a woman meet online.

The episode was rated from 107 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S8E28
#20 - Michael & Julia
Season 8 - Episode 28

Michael is a reality tv star that has fallen deep in love with his online dream girl Julia. But when Nev and Kamie try to make an irl love connection for Michael, he gets a reality check as they uncover a heartbreaking truth!

The episode was rated from 50 votes.

Last updated: nov 14, 2022



The show started out OK but it’s quick to repeat the same formula and fake crap. It’s also hard to watch Max and his forced soyboy ultra liberal bullshit.


Turn this shit off and git outside - love, dad


I've watched a few episodes and got really bored of it. It's shot and edited in a typical MTV-show style too, which doesn't appeal to me as it's aimed at instant gratification and (false) suspense. Aside from that, every single episode has the same thing in common. A person has had contact with someone online and developed a connection. They want to meet him/her but that person always ends up making an excuse not to. They've only seen a few pictures of the person and never on webcam. Those two things would be a gigantic red flag to any sensible person, but not these people! Because of this it's completely predictable. And yes, that person never ends up being the person who they said they were. They only pick out the people who's "relationship" meets this criteria. Or else this would just be a "help-people-get-together" kind of show. You basically keep watching to find out what the person really looks like, that's it. I've watched the movie, which was really exciting. But I can basically write a script for the next season myself (I'm not implying there is one, but it's so linear it could easily be).


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