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MTVs Catfish maybe not the highly rated MTV reality series as it once was, but the online mystery show has nonetheless contributed some amazing things to popular culture. From memorable memes, funny expressions and even the use of the very word “catfish” it is safe to say Catfish has changed popular culture in many ways since it premiered in 2012.
With eight seasons produced, a shift in co-hosts, nearly 200 episodes in the books and countless guest hosts under his belt, Catfish has more than earned the time to take a victory lap and look back on the best of what the MTV series has produced so far.
Updated March 14, 2022 by Alex Gentile: As fans continue to flip through the catalog and rate their picks for the best Catfish episodes, the all-time position continues to change. The show’s followers continue to grow into its eighth season as the show reaches its ten-year mark. Some classic episodes are still being celebrated, but recent stories have now broken into the series’ top ten tales of digital deception.
11 “Nick & Jasmine” – 7.5
“Nick & Jasmine” is a pivotal episode in the story of Catfish, but it has very little to do with the case at the center of the episode. This episode of the seventh season marks Max Joseph’s last appearance as a co-host, and it includes lots of bittersweet moments.
The rest of the episode follows an unconventional one Catfish case when hopeful Nick tells Nev and Max that he has been in love with the alleged cat ‘Jasmine’ – and even met and kissed her while blindfolded. Of course, things do not go as expected when ‘Jasmine’ revealed to be a young woman named Nicole. Eventually, Nick and Nicole decide to go their separate ways.
10 “Lucille & Kidd Cole” – 7.6
A famous moment from Catfish story that has found its way into many memes and GIFs can be found in the controversial episode “Lucille & Kidd Cole.” This episode, which may no longer be aired due to legal issues with the cat itself, saw Nev throw the cat’s cell phone into the water they were filming next to after refusing to answer Lucille’s questions.
The episode is also an unconventional one for the series, as the relationship between hopeful Lucille and cat cat Kidd Cole was not a romantic one, but rather a business relationship.
9 “Lucas & Mange” – 7.6
“Lucas and many” came to Catfish fans in season 5. Nev and Max follow the story of Jayme. The dancer and former Playboy model meets a love interest on Tinder until she finds out he is not everything he seems to be.
Fans might say that the episode is highly rated because of the level of drama it presents. For one of the first times in the series, a catfish was confronted for manipulating dozens of women. Moreover, he was not confronted with only one, but three of his victims along with Max and Nev.
8 “Spencer & Katy” – 7.6
As it should be clear by now, many of Catfish‘s best episodes break the conventional form of the dating series. Few paragraphs fit that bill better than the unforgettable “Spencer & Katy.”
In this episode of season 5, sweet and hopeful Spencer has gone on to be convinced that he is not only talking to Katy Perry, but also that they are getting married too. He has even spent some of his savings on getting an engagement ring made for her from his grandmother’s band. Of course, Spencer ends up very disappointed in the end – but not without struggling a bit.
7 “Catfish: The Untold Stories Part 10” – 7.6
Viewers may remember Catfish‘s Untold Stories special. Perhaps the most fascinating section of the unique broadcast comes in Part 10. Each part of the untold story special is divided into segments.
Fans of Catfish knows that the series is based on a documentary in which Nev is hit by a person he thought was in an online relationship with. In part 10 of the untold stories, the focus is on Nev as he is painted again.
6 “Dylan & Savenia” – 7.6
Love stories that turn out to be real are far too rare in Catfishemphasizing its place as a guilty pleasure dating show on Hulu. It makes the seventh episode “Dylan & Savenia” sweeter, even though the young lovers do not end up together anyway. Dylan and Savenia have both written into the series to get help at different times, but it is Dylan who plays the role of the hopeful as he comes to Nev and Max for help finding the woman he has fallen in love with. in over Facebook chats.
Although Savenia had changed a bit on her profile pictures (which she feared would be a breaking point for Dylan), viewers were happy to hear that she still turned out to be exactly who Dylan thought she was. Both Dylan and Savenia are incredibly shy and serious in their first meeting, making it a sweet episode no matter how their relationship ended up off-screen.
5 “Lauren & Derek” – 7.7
There are some moments from Catfish which have become so iconic that they have not only been transformed into memes, but have also often been featured in the series’ opening texts. The season two episode, “Lauren & Derek,” is an episode filled with many of those moments, including hopeful Lauren shouting excitedly, “I’m in Derek’s driveway!”
Lauren got in touch with Derek online, and to her absolute delight, Derek turned out to be exactly who he said he was. The two even made things work for a while, getting engaged when they reported in a reunion episode. Unfortunately, their engagement did not last.
4 “Catfish: The Untold Stories: Part 9” – 7.8
In 2017, the audience got a special call Catfish: The Untold Stories in the middle of the sixth season of the series. The thesis is divided into sections, where each section presents several stories of online fraud. Three people tell their stories of accident in part 9.
The special features dramatizations of the events for each person, along with interviews where they explain what happened in an online relationship. Fans may remember Taneal’s story of fishing for his own girlfriend after learning about his dating profile.
3 “Falesha & Jacqueline” – 7.9
In yet another episode that does not involve a romance at all, Catfish manages to tell one of his most disturbing stories. Hopeful Falesha is desperately seeking help from Nev and Max to find the person behind a profile using the name ‘Jacqueline’ – a cat that has been stealing her photos for years and spreading drama and vitriol on social media.
And in a similarly untraditional way, it’s almost as easy to find the woman behind the profile as it’s ever been for Nev and Max. But the absolute most worrying part of the episode is the complete lack of regret that Catfish shows, and her inability to understand why she has hurt Falesha for so long.
2 “Danny & Rosa” – 7.9
Unfortunately, it is all too common for catfish to end up appearing in the series more than once, but it is not often that catfish become the catfish. “Danny & Rosa” gives a first glimpse of a man named Jose, who here poses as a woman named Rosa on social media to connect with a man named Danny.
Jose returns to the series later, but in this episode he undergoes a deeply moving journey, where he opens up about his struggles with being bullied by the woman whose pictures he used, and his ongoing personal struggles. Eventually, Jose and Danny divorced on good terms.
1 “Artis & Jess” – 8
Perhaps the most memorable Catfish episode ever may have never even been a real one Catfish case at all. “Artis & Jess” finds a young man named Artis, apparently in a happy relationship, who claims to be in love with a model online named Jess. Of course, ‘Jess’ is not who she claims to be.
Instead, ‘Jess’ is a man named Justin who says he’s working to expose scammers online. The episode comes to mind in a confrontation. But as Artis and Justin would later argue in a behind-the-scenes look Catfish factit may have been a joke to try to fool MTV in hopes of getting on television.
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