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  • Summary: Based on the popular documentary of the same name, the reality show hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph help people meet face-to-face with the online person they have intense feeling for.
  • Genre(s): Reality
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 12, 2012
    Despite the occasional artificial reality flourish, Catfish: The TV Show is a timely, engaging, and often poignant addition to MTV's lineup.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 9, 2012
    The producers do a shrewd job of not just building toward the reveal, but then following its aftermath, with the emotions of the previously unseen party brought into the equation.
  3. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Nov 12, 2012
    Catfish: The TV Show is riveting entertainment, but it's also potentially the most important series MTV has aired.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 12, 2012
    "Catfish" was a clever riff on a found-footage thriller, Catfish: The TV Show is a standard reality series mixing elements of the dating and rehab-therapy genres.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 12, 2012
    Catfish has value as a cautionary tale, and documentation of one way the Internet has affected lives. That makes it sociology, not entertainment.
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Nov 12, 2012
    Schulman seems desperate to extract meaning from the situation, but this isn't "Undercover Boss": The only prize available for the deceived is the attention for which they may already have proven a little too hungry.
  7. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Nov 12, 2012
    A document of cruel self-delusions, an index of unusual realities, virtually a postscript to the body of Western literature about romantic love, and an extraordinarily fine opportunity to exult in the suffering of your fellow human beings, Catfish is a TV show.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    Awesome show. Keep doing great shows like this MTV.
  2. Dec 18, 2012
    So, I watched Catfish-the movie, and saw that there was going to be a TV show about that sort of thing. My first thought was "FINALLY, a reality show that's doing people a service"! I watch lots of reality shows, and although they can be entertaining, they don't reflect much on real life. I think it's great that Nev is using his own personal experience to raise awareness on the subject. People need to be more careful about who they talk to and information they share online. It's refreshing to see that even after what happened to him, and all he's seen, Nev is still an incurable optimist, and hasn't become jaded :D! Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2012
    I watched the first episode and I want Sunny to be at peace because by no means should she be embarrassed. Never have I posted a review for anything. She is an awe inspiring person by how mature her response was to the devastating situation. I was expected crying and more or less a tantrum. She is an inspiration for any female out there. Expand
  4. Jan 9, 2013
    Even though "Catfish: The TV Show" is not the greatest it still does provide some interesting entertainment especially for a reality show. What makes it interesting is the whole surprise element of the show. If an episode lacks the surprise element then the episode ends up predictable and quite boring which ultimately happened in a few (episode 2, & 5). Another aspect that drives the show is obviously the people. Many of them come off delusional and quite often it feels as if they just made up these "relationships" to get on MTV. Overall, the series is okay since it does offer some surprises, but other than that it is predictable. Expand
  5. Feb 1, 2013
    Nev Schulman is cute and has a presence that makes for a good reality star (documentary movie subject) crossover into show host/mentor/guide, with genuine charisma. I think if he didn't exhibit as much empathy for his subjects he would lose his relevance, because it's his prior experience in being "catfished" that helps him to stay grounded in the show. He's almost "too hot" for the ordinary lives that he walks into. The other thing i think bothers me is the meaning of catfish. His "catfish" a rather plain, middle-aged woman living a rather non-descript life gets her name from her husband, he likens her lying and manipulation to how a catfish put into the same boat hold that contains a fisherman's catch of the day keeps nipping at the fish, which keeps them moving and from dying. So basically something as bad as lying manipulation get a makeover into she "keeps us on our toes." Now the term seems to no longer make a connection with Angela's husband coining of the term, into the wider spread phenomenon of people who make fake facebook profiles. I wonder how many people can be tricked any longer what with the easy tool of using the reverse image look-up w/ google and how it can be performed by anyone. My final comment is, I wish someone would delve into the fake profiles where they don't seem to be anyone behind it, just more and more connections, using other people's pictures. But while they are tagged in other peoples "multi-tag"pictures, they never speak or post personal things. Just a ghost of a profile, not a real person, not even trying to be a real person. Maybe there will be mor e ways our modern technology results in tricking others. Maybe the show will have more mileage than i thought. Collapse
  6. Jan 5, 2014
    It started off sounding interesting but after about three episodes I started to tire of it. After suffering Nevs whiney voice, it started to grate on me. Then the novelty of people being massively overweight in reality, who surprisingly agreed to meet. Its not a long term programme in my opinion. Expand
  7. Feb 5, 2013
    I believe that this show could make a few minor adjustments, and be more watched. I feel that most of it is staged though. It is definitely entertaining when they meet each other, but leading up to that seems a little too far fetched for me. Expand

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