MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show, about the pitfalls of online dating, is currently on the sixth episode of its first season. Following a 2010 movie, Catfish, about star Yaniv “Nev” Schulman attempting online dating himself only to learn that the woman he was courting was not all that she had claimed.
Catfish: The TV Show has reportedly performed well with its demo in its time slot and so it’s already been renewed for a second season.
MTV Muiltiplatform EVP Dave Sirulnick explains the show’s success: “Catfish: The TV Show has truly captured the zeitgeist of the digital dating age. The show has resonated with our audience by portraying the real life journeys of individuals trying to navigate the highs and lows of online dating… an experience our viewers can relate to. We are thrilled to bring the show back for a second season, and look forward to the fascinating stories that only Nev and Max can uncover.”
In case anyone is wondering where the name “Catfish” comes from, as it pertains to the movie and the television show, it’s explained at the end of the movie when one of the people Schulman meets tells a parable that’s extremely relevant to this experience: “They used to take cod from Alaska all the way to China and keep ‘em in vats in the ship. By the time the codfish reached China, the flesh was mush and tasteless. So, this guy came up with the idea that if you put these cod in these big vats… put some catfish in with ‘em. And the catfish will keep the cod agile. And there are those people who are catfish in life, and they keep you on your toes. They keep you guessin’, they keep you thinkin’, they keep you fresh… And I thank God for the catfish, because we’d be… boring and dull, if we didn’t have somebody nipping at our fins.”
In addition to that explanation, Schulman himself explains in this video.