In 2010, Yaniv Schulman fell in love online. Abigail was the perfect woman; gorgeous, funny, caring and talented. There was just one catch - Abigail wasn't actually real. When Abby turned out to be a slightly odd middle-aged lady named Angela, Nev was heartbroken.
Catfish sparked my interest from the first set of trailers and, sadly, I found myself feeling slightly underwhelmed. While an enjoyable program, the shows structure; Nev reads an email, Skype's with the mailer then pays them a visit to discuss the object of their affection, before making some investigations into the truth of their identity and returning to the mailer to take them to meet their online lover, feels incredibly formulaic. Admittedly there isn't too much you can do in terms of creativity with such a singular focus but it does make the experience somewhat predictable and repetitive.
It's a real shame that Catfish didn't quite measure up. The original film had a certain charm the TV show (even though Nev does come across as more likeable) tragically lacks. The word lackluster comes to mind. That being said, I'm sticking with Catfish for the second season. They've had a shaky start but there's something in it that's worthwhile.