The Best Episodes of Catfish: The TV Show

Last Updated: May 25, 2019

From the producers of the critically acclaimed 2010 documentary film "Catfish'' comes a TV version, which follows the journey of couples who have formed an online relationship but have never met in person. Filmmakers Yaniv "Nev'' Schulman -- whose own online love drama was the subject of the "Catfish'' film -- and Max Joseph travel around the country to tell the stories of these hopeful romantic partners, and each hourlong episode is filled with mystery, surprises, and sometimes even shocking revelations as one partner discovers the truth about his or her significant other. What will happen when they meet in real life for the first time?

Lauren & Derek

#1 - Lauren & Derek

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.

star 8.25
150 votes
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Derek & Annabelle

#2 - Derek & Annabelle

Season 7 - Episode 17

star 7.75
118 votes
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Spencer & Katy

#3 - Spencer & Katy

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.

star 7.75
321 votes
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Ashley & Mike

#4 - Ashley & Mike

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.

star 7.73
132 votes
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Artis & Jess

#5 - Artis & Jess

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.

star 7.73
135 votes
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Kayla & Courtney

#6 - Kayla & Courtney

Season 5 - Episode 10

When Kayla was two her father killed her mother and then later committed suicide. Years later, Kayla is sent a message from Courtney, a woman claiming to be channeling her dead father's spirit.

star 7.70
309 votes
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Dylan & Savenia

#7 - Dylan & Savenia

Season 7 - Episode 10

Dylan's desperately fallen for a beautiful model with an elusive secret. With all the standard red flags, Nev and Max assume it's an open and shut case. The truth, however, is something stranger than fiction.

star 7.68
182 votes
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Rod & Ebony

#8 - Rod & Ebony

Season 1 - Episode 9

Rod hasn't been honest with "Ebony" about what he looks like or his name, which he told her is "KJ" in the 4 years they have been talking.

star 7.66
123 votes
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Jen & Skylar

#9 - Jen & Skylar

Season 2 - Episode 6

Having dealt with a number of bullies in her past, teenager Jen relies on online communities to establish relationships. Jen has many friends around the world, but Skylar is by far the most special one to her. After meeting on a gaming site, in a flash, Jen and Skylar went from innocent online bantering to constant flirtatious texting. Now, Jen is ready to take things to the next level, but she's never met Skylar in person and has only two pictures of him. Jen is scared to push the reticent Skylar too hard, but she's desperate to know if he could really be her first true love.

star 7.66
119 votes
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Ramon & Paola

#10 - Ramon & Paola

Season 2 - Episode 3

Ramon spends most of his time in a dead-end job in a town that he's struggling to escape. His one shining glimmer of happiness is Paola, a girl he met on Facebook and established an exclusive online relationship with. After many failed attempts to video chat with Paola, she finally relented and connected with Ramon briefly. However, Ramon saw a completely different-looking girl on his video screen before she hung up -- and he's been baffled ever since.

star 7.64
138 votes
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Derek & Kristen

#11 - Derek & Kristen

Season 2 - Episode 13

Derek is a veteran and a single father who was cheated on by his ex-wife.

star 7.62
105 votes
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Lucas & Many

#12 - Lucas & Many

Season 5 - Episode 13

When Jayme learns that her online boyfriend is fake and that he is catfishing other women as well, she enlists the help of Nev and Max to stop him.

star 7.62
265 votes
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Keyonnah & Bow Wow

#13 - Keyonnah & Bow Wow

Season 2 - Episode 14

Keyonnah has been a fan of the rapper Bow Wow since she was growing up. She messages him one day and is shocked when he messages her back. They have been talking for 4 months, but Keyonnah is suspicious when he refuses to video chat.

star 7.61
109 votes
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Jeff & Megan

#14 - Jeff & Megan

Season 3 - Episode 9

After a string of bad luck with women, Jeff believes he has finally found his dream girl Megan. However, Megan is starting to sound off Catfish alarms and Jeff is ready to find out if Megan is who she says she is.

star 7.61
148 votes
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Candic & Titus

#15 - Candic & Titus

Season 5 - Episode 16

star 7.58
303 votes
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Marvin & Austin

#16 - Marvin & Austin

Season 6 - Episode 5

After months of sexting with a hot model he met on a hookup app, Marvin is eager to meet him in person. Max and sidekick, singer Chantal Claret, agree to help Marvin find his crush.

star 7.58
368 votes
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Rico & Ja'Mari

#17 - Rico & Ja'Mari

Season 1 - Episode 10

Rico lives in the United States but is torn on whether or not to continue his online relationship with a man named "Ja'mari" or move to England to be with his ailing mother.

star 7.57
122 votes
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Mike & Caroline

#18 - Mike & Caroline

Season 2 - Episode 15

Mike, a struggling artist from Pensacola, Florida, fell in love online with a beautiful redhead named Caroline over a year and a half ago. But as their connection grew, so did Mike's suspicions, since they live in the same city and Caroline has continually evaded his attempts to meet. Strangely, Caroline often makes her presence known by sending Mike pictures of the exterior of his workplace and has even left a note on his car when it was parked in front of his house. Regardless, Mike continues to grow more invested in his relationship with Caroline, especially when he learned that she was diagnosed with colon cancer and needs his support. Mike can't tear himself away from this intensely bizarre love affair, but does wonder if he's being preyed upon by a stalking catfish. Is Caroline an imposter -- or is she the real love of his life and just afraid her illness will come between them?

star 7.57
107 votes
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Sheila & Rich Dollaz

#19 - Sheila & Rich Dollaz

Season 7 - Episode 21

Nev and co-host Nick Young, aka Swaggy P, are hot on a case to help Sheila figure out if she’s being romanced by LOVE & HIP HOP’s Rich Dollaz. Is it just a fan girl crush or is Sheila really talking to the bad boy reality star?

star 7.57
81 votes
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Danny & Rosa

#20 - Danny & Rosa

Season 6 - Episode 3

Danny wants to build a family with his online love in spite of her violent past, but Nev and Max discover possible ties to a former catfish.

star 7.57
455 votes
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Colleen & Tony

#21 - Colleen & Tony

Season 6 - Episode 11

Colleen met Tony online and fell madly in love. Though they’ve never met, Tony proposed to Colleen over the phone and she accepted. Now, Nev and Max help her finally face the truth to reveal the mystery man she’s engaged to.

star 7.56
406 votes
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Traves & Candy

#22 - Traves & Candy

Season 7 - Episode 7

When Traves asks for help with his Internet girlfriend Candy, it looks like a classic case of catfishing. But after more pieces of the puzzle come together, the guys realize they may have caught a bigger catfish than expected.

star 7.56
188 votes
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Jesse & Brian

#23 - Jesse & Brian

Season 2 - Episode 8

When Jesse was introduced to Brian on Facebook, she thought she'd hit the jackpot. Brian is a former Marine, a true gentleman, and handsome to boot. They made plans to meet and Jesse drove hundreds of miles to see him, but Brian never showed up and stopped answering her calls. The next day, Jesse begged Brian to explain why he stood her up, but he refused to give a reason. Now, three years later, Brian has asked her to move halfway across the country to live with him. Jesse feels that Brian could be the perfect guy for her and she's ready for a fresh start.

star 7.55
89 votes
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Ari & Lanum

#24 - Ari & Lanum

Season 6 - Episode 9

Nev and Max receive emails from opposite sides of the same online romance, each concerned that the other may be a catfish; the guys react in surprise when one side decides to follow through with their marriage plans.

star 7.54
417 votes
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Falesha & Jacqueline

#25 - Falesha & Jacqueline

Season 4 - Episode 12

Falesha’s name and pictures were stolen by a fake profile that nearly ruined her life. She thought her troubles were behind her, but four years later her past comes back to haunt her.

star 7.54
145 votes
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