Parents' Guide to

Catfish: The TV Show

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Web dating personas revealed! Inspires empathy, voyeurism.

TV MTV Reality TV 2012
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 18+


Not appropriate all the time for teens 14. As I listened while my teen was watching I heard many things that made my eyes bulge. One was the discussion on fellatio! I was like new show please?!? If it was only about being tricked or bamboozled from the other side of keyboard, but in introduces too many things it might not be time to discuss yet!!!

This title has:

Too much sex
age 14+

This title has:

Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Catfish cuts to the chase of the woes of virtual friendships: How do you know the person on the other end of the chat line is who he or she claims to be? And are you always true to yourself when you're online? It's an issue that drives families' Internet rules and many conversations between parents and their web-savvy tweens and teens, but is it one that really hits home with yours? If you're not sure -- and even if you think you are -- then this raw series is a great segue into a more concrete dialogue about the pleasures and dangers of befriending people online.

The show doesn't create drama or ignite controversy for sensationalism, but it does devote a lot of time to drawing out the emotions of its participants, so it's not always comfortable to watch. Sometimes the initial meetings are joyful confirmation of the two parties' deep affection; in other cases the outcomes aren't so happy, thanks to someone's dishonesty and the victim's sense of betrayal. It's impossible to watch these emotional confrontations and not feel for the one who's been duped, but the instigators' honesty about their motivations is a telling glimpse into the prevalence of this issue.

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