While it appears to be junk reality television at its worst, I find myself strangely drawn to MTV’s “Catfish.” The televisions series evolved from the documentary movie by the same name, in which the hero, Nev, is shown traveling to Michigan to meet the girl he has fallen in love with online. They have never met in person, although the photos of her portray a very attractive young woman.
Once on his girlfriend’s doorstep, he realizes that the girl of his dreams is actually a middle-aged woman with problems. And that most of the details of their relationship were based on lies. In modern day parlance (which was derived from the title of this movie), Nev had been “Catfished.”
That experience, and the extremely positive review the documentary received, led to Catfish the TV show. The concept is similar. Nev hears from people who want to meet their online love interest. He does some cursory online investigation, which usually indicates that something is fishy. Then he assists the subject of that episode to meet their online girl of boyfriend. It usually doesn’t turn out well, although a surprisingly large number of them decide to remain friends and continue to correspond after the meeting.
It’s surprisingly fun to watch. A guilty pleasure for sure! If you want more information about how to watch Catfish online, check out the following website.