7.2
807 votes
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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My Review of Catfish: The TV Show

👇 Scroll down to the best episodes ranked by viewers.

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 - S8E32

#1 - Paul & Caitea

8.30

Season 8 - Episode 32

Samantha contacts Nev and Kamie hoping they can help her fiance, Paul, get answers and move past his first love, Caitea, a woman he met 10 years ago on xbox.

The episode was rated from 30 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S2E4

#2 - Lauren & Derek

8.26

Season 2 - Episode 4

Lauren met Derek on MySpace nearly 8 years ago. Since then she's relied on him for everything — Derek's funny and caring, and he even supported Lauren after she had a baby with a now former boyfriend. Lauren knows that Derek is the man of her dreams and she can't wait to take the next step with him. The only problem is, they've never met in real life or even video chatted. Every time she's tried to see Derek he's always had an excuse. Lauren strongly believes that Derek could be her future husband and she feels that he can be a good father to her three-year-old son.

The episode was rated from 151 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E22

#3 - Jeanette, Kiara & Patrick

8.14

Season 8 - Episode 22

Jeanette wants to know if her cousin's girlfriend is behind a catfish scheme, and Nev and Kamie unravel a complex story that's seven years in the making.

The episode was rated from 37 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E17

#4 - Zay & Jayda

7.96

Season 8 - Episode 17

Zay put her marriage on the line when she began an emotional affair with Jayda after meeting her online, and now she needs Nev and Kamie to help her uncover the truth

The episode was rated from 49 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E19

#5 - Dianela & Jose

7.88

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 from 42 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S7E38

#6 - Tristyn & Lara

7.88

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 73 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E29

#7 - Jason & Mar

7.86

Season 8 - Episode 29

Jason, who is vulnerable after a divorce, starts messaging with and sending money to Mar, but becomes suspicious when a woman answers Mar's phone.

The episode was rated from 29 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E30

#8 - Will & Cherry

7.86

Season 8 - Episode 30

Despite many warning signs, Will refuses to listen to reason when it comes to Cherry, a Thai cosplayer he met online, so Nev and Kamie help him dissect his international situationship.

The episode was rated from 29 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E28

#9 - Michael & Julia

7.83

Season 8 - Episode 28

Nev and Kamie help reality tv star Michael sift through Julia's red flags before he uproots his life to be with her.

The episode was rated from 36 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E31

#10 - Tam & Jamena

7.82

Season 8 - Episode 31

Tam falls hard for Jamena on a dating app, but soon suspects that her online girlfriend isn't who she says she is, so she calls on Nev and Kamie to solve the mystery.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.

Catfish: The TV Show - S8E16
#11 - Stephanie & Danny
7.82
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 44 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S8E12
#12 - Kristen & Sarah
7.80
Season 8 - Episode 12

Nev and Kamie try to help Kristen meet the woman she's been talking to online for months, but they must contend with wild twists and turns during their search for the truth.

The episode was rated from 46 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S8E18
#13 - Ryan & Micah
7.80
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 49 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S8E3
#14 - Sparkayla & Maritha
7.78
Season 8 - Episode 3

Kiana’s 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 69 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S2E9
#15 - Artis & Jess
7.77
Season 2 - Episode 9

Artis' life changed five months ago when he met Jess, a sexy, blonde beauty, on Facebook. Although Artis and Jess each were in relationships at the time and still living with their significant others, they still believed they had found the true love they so desperately wanted. Even though Artis has seen only one photo of Jess, he's willing to risk everything to be with her and is ready to meet Jess in person.

The episode was rated from 137 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S7E30
#16 - Kristina & Faith
7.77
Season 7 - Episode 30

When Kristina met Faith in a chatroom, she didn't intend to fall in love and betray her fiancé; now Nev and co-host Tallulah Willis navigate a treacherous love triangle as they embark on an epic hunt to find the truth.

The episode was rated from 61 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S8E14
#17 - Dustin & Keegan
7.77
Season 8 - Episode 14

Dustin reaches out to Nev and Kamie to figure out why Keegan, his long-distance friend, has been so hot and cold over the course of their eight-year "flirtationship."

The episode was rated from 39 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S5E15
#18 - Spencer & Katy
7.76
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 from 327 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S7E17
#19 - Derek & Annabelle
7.76
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 125 votes.
Catfish: The TV Show - S2E10
#20 - Ashley & Mike
7.73
Season 2 - Episode 10

For over seven years, Ashley has sent dramatically altered photos of herself to her soul mate, Mike, to make her look thinner and more attractive to him. Mike, who appears to be an extraordinarily fit and handsome young man, lives several states away in New Jersey. Saddled by insecurities around her weight and a fear of going out in public, Ashley has become more reliant on her online connection to Mike with each passing year, but has always found an excuse not to meet up with him.

The episode was rated from 133 votes.

Last updated: jul 06, 2022

Comments

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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.

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Turn this shit off and git outside - love, dad

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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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Catfish:Trolls which is hidden in the specials, should have its own page. As its a spin off show

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Becomes predicable after a few episodes...

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so glad this show is on. it makes you think before becoming friends with just anyone over the net

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I really liked this show when it started. With Season two, i feel like i don't even need to watch the whole thing. I keep skipping through and keep getting bored. Mostly I already know how it ends, because the Catfish Facebook spoils it before i am even able to watch it. Nev is lovely tho, and i find him inspiring, sometimes. Overall it's a good show, well if you don't follow the facebook site or don't have any friends or you just like seing people lie so much that it hurts.

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A more apt title is: CarCrash. You can't look away and you know what you're going to see. It's somewhat sad that the people who get involved in these relationships sort of know they are being duped but can't stop themselves. I don't think the show has long for TV unless they manage to shake up the format a bit.

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