Reality television is a form of entertainment that has recently swept the nation, however, with all of the reality shows that air on the television today, how can producers really guarantee that people will watch their shows? Catfish originally began as an independent film created by the film and show’s creator, Nev Schulman, focusing on the story of his online relationship gone awry.
The television version of Catfish aired on MTV in November of 2012 and focuses on online relationships between people who have never met. The show is currently in the second season, and this season is extremely intense.
Last week’s episode, titled “Anthony and Marq,” featured an online relationship between a same-sex couple. This particular episode took a turn in a direction other than the way in which the show usually goes. Typically, catfish victims don’t find out that they are indeed victims until the last fifteen to thirty minutes of the show. “Anthony and Marq” reveals the true identity of the “catfish” early on in the episode.
Although this past installment may not have been as suspenseful as the preceding, it definitely captures the viewers– in more ways than one. First and foremost, it could be considered one of the most entertaining due to the strange twist of events earlier on in the episode. Second, this airing makes the “catfish” real. There really are people out there that impersonate others for whatever reason they see fit. Lastly, the television show is a subtle way of raising awareness about internet safety. Granted, there haven’t been any episodes involving dangerous situations, however, the show does act as a reminder to watch for red flags. Catfish stresses the importance of internet safety because in all reality, people may appear as somebody that they really aren’t.
New episodes air every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on MTV.