Online dating is the focus of this detective-style reality series.
Catfish: The TV Show can get boring, and a lot of the storylines seem to be recycled each episode. The "catfish" is the person who is not who they say they are, luring their online partner into a world of lies, deception, and manipulation, sometimes over the course of years. Although the series started off with a focus on dating, in its most recent season Catfish has ventured into the territory of fake online friendships and scams, which can either be viewed as refreshing or disappointing. The formula works okay, and some episodes leave you at the edge of your seat. Seeing as online dating is what defines this show, expect constant discussion about relationships, intimacy, and infidelity. In addition, there is talk about sexting, phone sex, d*ck pics, and more. Some of the people looking for help on the show are gay men or women. Swearing and confrontation occur between the person and their alleged lover or "catfish" and between the catfish and the hosts Nev and Max. If it is at all reassuring, some of the catfish show remorse and regret, others have emotional stories or circumstances, and the ideals of forgiveness are tested. Catfish can be a platform to open up discussion with your child about the dangers of the Internet and social media.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing