If you’ve been living under a rock for the last five years, Catfish is a TV show that tries to help unite people who met online and fell in love. The show is inspired by Nev, the presenter, and his own experience of being lied to online and developing feelings for someone who was a fraud. Armed with his best friend Max, he goes around America answering the calls of the desperate and the concerned and bravely reverse Google image searches any and all photos he finds. The people they meet are usually wilfully ignoring bits of stories that don’t quite add up because they don’t want to believe they’re being lied to – but they almost always are. With that in mind, check out our list of the five wildest Catfish moments of all time.
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Artis and Jess
Artis had met blonde, blue eyed Jess online and was all ready to leave his girlfriend and three kids for her. Nev and Max stepped in with that classic take ‘Have you actually spoken to her on the phone?’ - Always a good idea not to leave your partner for a stranger you’ve never seen or heard, especially when they look suspiciously like an Ukranian porn star. Fast forward to Artis meeting up with Jess only to find Jess was actually a guy called Justin.
Justin was a vigilante. He was the Batman of Catfish. He took it upon himself to create fake profiles and try to tempt people out of their relationships to prove how unfaithful they really were. He was also super creepy.
Unsurprisingly Artis backtracked pretty quickly and fessed up to his girlfriend, who was actually pretty forgiving. Justin is still out there though. Lurking.
Keyonnah and Bow Wow
Yeah, actual Bow Wow. Keyonnah has been speaking to him online for four months but they’d never video chatted (there’s a theme to Catfish). This one seems almost too stupid to be believable but in fairness to Keyonnah ‘Bow Wow’ had sent her $10,000 after she told him about her financial issues, which you’d assume a random catfisher wouldn’t do.
But no. She was being Catfished by a girl called Dee who was an aspiring rapper and loooved her some straight girls. She said she spoke to straight girls online under fake names to see how far she could get them to go, which is kind of messed up, but I think she also really liked Keyonnah because she literally gave her $10k of her own money. The girls are actually still in contact and remain friends, so there’s a happy ending at least.
Antwane and Tony
My personal favourite of the list. Antwane met a guy on a phone chat line three years ago and fell for him instantly. He’d never seen any photos of him, never knew his last name or location but goddamn it he loved him. Antwane’s cousin Carmen was around for the whole episode and frequently offered her advice and support… until BOMBSHELL.
Carmen was Tony. She had orchestrated her revenge plot over a period of actual years to get back at Antwane for calling her ‘Fat ass Kelly Price’ in public. There’s the T. He shoulda never called her fatass Kelly Price.
Lauren and Derek
Lauren and Derek met on Myspace and had been a permanent fixture in each other’s lives ever since. Over eight years Derek had supported Lauren, through her troubled pregnancy with an ex boyfriend’s baby and personal problems. Lauren had never met him but she knew he was the guy for her, despite the fact they’d somehow never got around to Skyping. Max and Nev were gearing up for another disappointment and flew her over there only to find that… Derek was completely real and exactly what he said he was!
In a massive twist for regular Catfish fans the nice guy online turned out to be just a nice guy online who didn’t really understand how to use his webcam. The couple even eventually got engaged and Derek was a great stepdad to Lauren’s kid… I’m not crying. Promise.
Mike and Caroline
Mike was in love with Caroline, a gorgeous redhead who was bravely battling cancer which was definitely the reason she couldn’t meet him. Oh, his mom had died of colon cancer? What a coincidence! How crazy. Mike, like Mulder before him, wanted to believe and so he contacted Max and Nev to set up a meeting with the love of his life.
In what turned out to be the saddest Catfish episode, Caroline was a fat woman who had tried to get with Mike previously had been knocked back. She said she couldn’t live without him in her life so she created another fake persona – it didn’t matter to her if Mike liked the real her just as long as he kept talking to her. Again, this is clearly sad but also really creepy and I think Mike was a lot nicer to her than he needed to be when she was basically a glorified stalker who used his mother’s cancer to get close to him.