The Best Episodes of Catfish: The TV Show

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 8.27
142 votes
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Artis & Jess

#2 - 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 7.78
125 votes
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Ashley & Mike

#3 - 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 7.76
125 votes
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Rod & Ebony

#4 - 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 7.73
115 votes
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Derek & Kristen

#5 - Derek & Kristen

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 7.68
98 votes
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Jen & Skylar

#6 - 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 7.68
111 votes
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Rico & Ja'Mari

#7 - 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 7.67
113 votes
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Keyonnah & Bow Wow

#8 - 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 7.67
103 votes
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Ramon & Paola

#9 - 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 7.67
132 votes
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Mike and Caroline

#10 - Mike and 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 7.67
99 votes
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Jeff & Megan

#11 - 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 7.66
137 votes
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Jesse & Brian

#12 - 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 7.61
84 votes
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Cassie & Steve

#13 - Cassie & Steve

Season 2 - Episode 1

Following the brutal murder of her father, Cassie's life was on a downward spiral of alcohol, drug abuse, and promiscuity. Then one day she received a Facebook message from Steve. He became the positive influence Cassie needed, teaching her to love herself and change her lifestyle for the better. Their relationship intensified and Cassie even asked Steve to marry her — and Steve accepted. Cassie desperately wants to meet her fiancé, but Steve is always too busy to video chat — let alone get together with her.

star 7.59
147 votes
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Aaliyah & Alicia

#14 - Aaliyah & Alicia

Season 2 - Episode 11

Alicia refuses to meet Aaliyah because she has not come out to her friends and family.

star 7.58
103 votes
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Falesha & Jacqueline

#15 - 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 7.58
139 votes
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John & Kelsey

#16 - John & Kelsey

Season 3 - Episode 6

John is ready to leave Detroit but one thing holds him back: Kelsey. The two have never spoken outside of online chats but John is sure she’s the one. With such a big life change in front of John, can he include Kelsey in plans?

star 7.56
128 votes
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Solana & Elijah

#17 - Solana & Elijah

Season 3 - Episode 7

Solana wants to take her relationship with her boyfriend Danny to the next level but she can’t stop thinking about her online love Elijah. His photos were used in so many profiles that Solana has to know is this the real Elijah?

star 7.55
132 votes
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Mike & Kristen

#18 - Mike & Kristen

Season 2 - Episode 7

Three and a half years ago, Mike met his ultimate mystery girl, Kristen, on Facebook. They quickly forged a deep connection, exchanging "I love you's" and carrying on a turbulent on-again-off-again relationship. But despite the fact that the two live only 40 miles apart, Mike's frequent efforts to meet Kristen have been futile. Mike believes that she's afraid of rejection due to a permanent injury from a car accident, but he's convinced Kristen is real and that they could live "happily ever after" together if they could only meet.

star 7.54
121 votes
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Lucille & Kidd Cole

#19 - Lucille & Kidd Cole

Season 3 - Episode 4

Lucille led a simple life until she was asked to work for an up and coming music producer named Kidd Cole. Companies were never paid for their services and one day Kidd couldn't be found. Will Lucille get the answers she needs?

star 7.53
131 votes
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Tracie & Sammie

#20 - Tracie & Sammie

Season 3 - Episode 5

Celebrity Tracie Thoms had an emotional connection with a fan named “Sammie” after hearing about the passing of Sammie’s friend. Sammie suddenly disappeared without a trace and now Tracie is left wondering who Sammie really is.

star 7.53
111 votes
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Leuh & Justin

#21 - Leuh & Justin

Season 5 - Episode 3

Since Leuh saw surfer Justin it's been insta-love ever since. But after 2 failed attempts to meet up, she's desperate to figure out if Justin really is the man of her dreams or is she one in a long line of online lovers.

star 7.51
285 votes
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Craig & Zoe

#22 - Craig & Zoe

Season 3 - Episode 1

Craig met Zoe on Facebook and quickly developed a deep relationship with her. But things turned sour when Zoe began demanding passwords and hacking his accounts. Craig is determined to find out who he really gave his heart to.

star 7.50
175 votes
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Jaylin & Ja'la

#23 - Jaylin & Ja'la

Season 5 - Episode 5

Jaylin is prepared to sacrifice a lifelong friendship and promising videogame career to be with a woman he's never even spoken to on the phone. Nev and Max help him discover that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

star 7.50
251 votes
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Kya & Alyx

#24 - Kya & Alyx

Season 1 - Episode 6

When Kya first met "Alyx" online, she used a fake name and fake pictures. She later told him the truth and Alyx forgave her. Nev helps Kya finally meet Alyx, who she says she has fallen in love with but has never actually met.

star 7.45
123 votes
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Tiana & James

#25 - Tiana & James

Season 4 - Episode 11

After a 3 year online relationship, Tiana moved across the country to finally be with the love of her life, James, and reveal her secret in person. But now that they are in the same state, James seems more elusive than ever.

star 7.45
112 votes
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