MTV’s best investigators are back for another season!
Nev Schulman and Max Joseph have returned for the fifth season of their show Catfish: The TV Show. The series has been out for years, so unless you’ve been living under a rock during that time, you should know how this show works, but I’ll still break it down for you, just in case.
Nev and Max are sent emails from all over from people who think that they are being catfish-ed. Though these cases are all primarily similar, they are still interesting to watch because of the lengths that some of the tricksters or catfish are willing to go to keep their identities secret. On numerous occasions throughout the previous seasons, I have been shocked by how long the victims stick around. I remember one case where the girl was being catfish-ed by the same person for 10 years. That’s a long time to have not met and/or seen the person you’re in a relationship with.
If I was in an online ‘relationship’ with someone for a year, or even a couple of months, and I still hadn’t met or spoken to that person over video chat, it would become very clear that I’m being lied to. In today’s society, it’s not difficult to access technology. You can buy a prepaid phone for a couple dollars that will have a functioning camera or even go to a public library to use their computers for free. They might not be top quality, but they’ll still work, so the excuse that you don’t have access to a computer or phone with a camera is irrelevant and I wouldn’t waste years of my life waiting for someone to make physical contact with me.
Even though the first episode of this new season premiered last week, I feel like the producers are trying to switch things up so that this season can be different from the previous four. For example, Nev and Max are usually contacted by the person who is being catfish-ed, but for last night’s episode, the daughter of the one being tricked contacted the show and, last week, they found out that two people were being catfish-ed by the same guy.
Though these changes are small, they were both firsts for the show, so the difference was noticed and appreciated.
Even after five seasons, I still love Nev and Max. They are both very entertaining and funny to watch. Nev with his constant jokes keeps me cracking up and Max with all his wisdom is a breathe of fresh air.
Overall, I still love watching this show. Even though most of them end up turing out the same way, I still like watching the investigative process and sometimes they end up discovering something different.
So far, what do you all think of the new season of Catfish? Let me know in the comments.
Catfish: The TV Show airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on MTV.
A Little Extra: Last week, Nev also premiered another show called Suspect on MTV. It comes on after Catfish and I enjoyed that show as well. Click here to read my review on Suspect.