December 1st, 2015


Catfish: The TV Show

Reviewed by Miranda Boyer

I’ve been binge watching Catfish: The TV Show for the last few days. It’s been a good distraction from real life. There is something to be said about watching people face their fears regardless of the outcome. I’m also a bit disappointed with the shear amount of people who lie about who they are on the internet. I wonder if there is a statistic about that. I’m all about a good statistic.

Nev fell in love with a woman he met online and he decided that he had to meet her. His brother and friend filmed the entire thing and after he found out that his crush wasn’t the person he’d met online (not to mention even 20 years older) they turned it into a documentary. Catfish the documentary resonated with so many people that Nev’s inbox was overfilling with emails from real people who wanted to meet their online crushes but had the same fears as Nev’s reality. Enter MTV and Catfish: The TV Show was born.

Nev and Max travel across the country uniting people with their online other halves. Sometimes it works out, but often it doesn’t. There really is no rhyme or reason to when it does and when it doesn’t. The only common denominator is that people lie about their lives, choosing instead to pretend they are someone else. Which is so discouraging honestly. It makes me sort of glad that I’m single right now. I have no tolerance for liars.

All in all, I’m enjoying this show. Both Max and Nev are fairly amusing and they seem to be genuinely good hearted caring a lot about the people who’ve reached out to them. Romance is front and center. At the end of the day, I’ll keep watching people meet through Nev and Max because the honesty gets to me and I can’t help but continue to be fascinated by the whole thing.

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