'Catfish' is a term for someone on the Internet who uses fake pictures and information to set up social media accounts that they use to trick and manipulate people. It became a household phrase when Nev Schulman made a documentary about a woman he met online. Schulman, the catfishee (the person who has been tricked) received fan art from the catfish, or catfisher (the person doing the tricking). The woman pretended to be an art prodigy who was eight years old. Nev struck up an unlikely friendship with the girl and wound up falling in love with her 19-year-old sister, who he also only spoke to online. Turns out, all of the people he talked to were really just the same middle-aged house wife.
After the success of his Catfish documentary, MTV picked up Schulman to do a reality TV series by the same name. The series was wildly successful, garnering millions of viewers. However, people began to question the authenticity of Catfish, just as viewers always do with fake reality shows. Behind-the-scenes interviews with execs of Catfish have revealed that the show could be entirely reverse engineered by producers before filming. Real or staged, there have been a lot of memorable characters on the show, such as the worst people and the most gullible people on Catfish. Whether you're an avid viewer or a casual one, you'll want to know how MTV's Catfish goes about creating lies behind their scenes, so read on below!