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Catfish: The TV Show

Catfish: The TV Show

Photo Credit:  MTV
  • Premiered: 
    November 12, 2012
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  • Network: MTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the film (Catfish) 
  • Subject Matter: Relationship
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Plot Synopsis

The star of the film CATFISH, Nev Schulman, and fellow filmmaker Max Joseph travel across America to unite couples who have fallen in love online but have not met face-to-face. In each 60-minute episode, one hopeful romantic partner goes on an emotional voyage to discover the truth about their significant other, with these journeys often filled with mystery, surprise and sometimes shocking revelations. For each meeting, Nev and Max use their personal experiences, documentarian skills, and a healthy dose of detective work to delve into the intricacies of each relationship. From a young woman who wonders why the guy she's communicated with for over 10 years won't meet her in person, to a single dad who hopes that his online girlfriend is really who she says she is, to a farmer who believes he's dating a former Miss Teen USA/Playboy model, Nev and Max will uncover the truth. Are these relationships based on reality or are they steeped in lies? And is there hope for a positive outcome when these digital romantic partners finally meet face-to-face?

Season 2 debuted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT, with an episode featuring Cassie, who asks for Nev and Max's help to meet her fiance.

CATFISH: THE TV SHOW returned for a 10-episode third season on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on MTV. In Season 3, the series follows family members catfishing each other, celebrities hunting down their super-fan stalkers, Instagram romance, people posing as famous music producers and scams resulting in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to the new types of stories, Nev and Max also employ new techniques expanding their investigating repertoire. From new digital based research to more in-person meetings and even bringing the hopeful along for the investigation, Season 3 expands the scope in which they seek to uncover the truth of these possible digital deceptions.

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, MTV premiered the fourth season of CATFISH: THE TV SHOW. Giving a different twist to Season 4, co-host Max Joseph took a five-episode hiatus to make his feature film directorial debut with WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS. In Max's absence, a variety of guest hosts joined Nev on investigations, including MTV's Charlamagne, Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, recording artist Angel Haze, YouTube sensation Tyler Oakely and actor Alex Shaffer. Max returned for the remainder of the fourth season. After a three-month break, CATFISH: THE TV SHOW returned with new episodes on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on MTV, immediately following a marathon (2:30-10pm) of encore episodes. In the summer premiere, "Tiana & James," a young woman moves across the country to be with her Internet love after a thee-year relationship, but he is being elusive.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT, MTV premiered the fifth season of CATFISH: THE TV SHOW, immediately following an all-day marathon (9am-10pm) of encore episodes. In the season opener -- and in a series first -- Nev and Max get two catfishes for the price of one when they discover that Dejay and Malik are being played by the same guy. Sparks fly as they discover just how explosive a love triangle can be. Then, in the season's second episode, a concerned daughter, Shuntay, enlists the help of Nev and Max after her mother, Jeanette, begins talking about marriage and uprooting her family to be with a man who refuses to meet in person. After a three-month break, CATFISH: THE TV SHOW returned with new episodes on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 10pm-Midnight ET/PT, as MTV premiered back-to-back new episodes immediately following a 12-hour marathon (10am-10pm) of encore episodes. In the summer premiere (10pm), a former Playboy model, Jayme, has learned that her online boyfriend is not only fake, but appears to be catfishing other women as well! She enlists Nev and Max to help find the catfish and put an end to his perverted deception. Then, in the night's second new episode (11pm), after being Catfished by her high school best friend, Larissa turned to her online friend Anthony for support. Feelings between them grew to love but after a few false moves on Anthony's part Larissa is worried he too is lying.

Season 6 of CATFISH: THE TV SHOW premiered on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT on MTV. In the sixth season, Nev and Max diving deeper than ever before to uncover the truth behind cyber relationships. Another first for this season, the duo will be checking in with several couples featured to see how their relationships played out once the cameras left. This season the online connections are stronger, mysteries more complex and lies and cover-ups more intense. In the season opener, "Shawny & Jack," Shawny recently split with her husband and calls Nev and Max to help uncover the shadowy identity of her attempt at new love. But things get interesting as they discover that Shawny may have secrets of her own.

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT, MTV premiered the seventh season of CATFISH: THE TV SHOW. Nev and Max head to Los Angeles to detangle the deepest, darkest Catfish webs in franchise history as they track down online daters and bring them face-to-face for the first time. In each episode of the new season, Nev and Max dig deeper with each person in the relationship, revealing shocking truths and unexpected twists. Viewers won't only be on the hunt for the Catfish -- the one who created the fake identity to lure the other person, the Hopeful, into the relationship -- but will be on edge as Nev and Max expose other secrets both have kept. From investigations leading to the couple being exes and both acting as the Catfish, to the Hopeful revealing they're in another serious relationship, this promises to be the biggest season of shocking revelations and betrayal yet. For the first time, Nev takes his investigations home with him and lets audiences meet his wife, Laura, and one year-old daughter, Cleo. From protecting his nest, to exploring strangers' online romantic relationships, audiences see how Nev's work impacts his family life. In the season opener, "Sheklia & Talli," a concerned son reaches out when his mom's mysterious online boyfriend seems too shady for comfort. But Mom is hiding secrets of her own, and once Nev & Max find their man, things take a bizarre turn that leave them shocked. CATFISH: THE TV SHOW returned with new episodes on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on MTV, immediately following an all-day marathon (8:30am-9pm) of encore episodes. Nev Schulman is trying to find someone to replace longtime co-host Max Joseph, and in the eight new episodes Nev auditions actors, athletes and influencers to help him track down online daters and bring them face-to-face for the first time. Each week, viewers not only be on the hunt for the "Catfish" -- the one who created the potentially fake identity to lure the "Hopeful" into the relationship -- but also join the search for Max's replacement. Nev and the mystery co-host dig deeper with each person in the relationship, revealing surprising truths and unexpected twists. The investigations promise to have the most shocking revelations yet. Nev also continues to take his investigations home to get assistance from his now pregnant wife, Laura, and their toddler, Cleo. In the fall premiere, Nev and co-host Jane Carrey help aspiring sugar baby Mike choose between his Los Angeles life of leisure and his deep affection for the mysterious Joey, a broke mechanic he fell in love with on Grindr. After a four-month break, CATFISH THE TV SHOW returned with new episodes on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT, immediately following a 14-hour marathon (6am-8pm) of encore episodes. In the mid-season premiere, "Mathan & Leah," Nev and co-host Kamie Crawford help Mathan find Leah, a girl he's been talking to for a decade yet can never meet! But Leah has shocking secrets beyond their wildest imaginations that will lead them on one of their toughest chases ever!
On Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT, MTV premiered the season finale of CATFISH: THE TV SHOW. In the season ender, "Angel & Antonio," Laura joins Nev to help Angel find her online love, Antonio. He claims to live in Angel's small town, yet is never able to meet her! It's clear Antonio is keeping a major secret, but will the truth be more than Angel can handle.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Relativity Television (as RelativityReal)
  • Produced by Catfish Picture Company