From the producers of the critically acclaimed 2010 documentary film "Catfish'' comes a TV version, which follows the journey of couples who have formed an online relationship but have never met in person. Filmmakers Yaniv "Nev'' Schulman -- whose own online love drama was the subject of the "Catfish'' film -- and Max Joseph travel around the country to tell the stories of these hopeful romantic partners, and each hourlong episode is filled with mystery, surprises, and sometimes even shocking revelations as one partner discovers the truth about his or her significant other. What will happen when they meet in real life for the first time?
Following the brutal murder of her father, Cassie's life was on a downward spiral of alcohol, drug abuse, and promiscuity. Then one day she received a Facebook message from Steve. He became the positive influence Cassie needed, teaching her to love herself and change her lifestyle for the better. Their relationship intensified and Cassie even asked Steve to marry her — and Steve accepted. Cassie desperately wants to meet her fiancé, but Steve is always too busy to video chat — let alone get together with her.
Anthony is a decorated Iraq War veteran who wears his Purple Heart on his sleeve. Over a year ago, he bonded online with a caring, emotionally available man named Marq. Today, they're head over heels in love — yet Anthony has already caught Marq in some troubling lies.
Ramon spends most of his time in a dead-end job in a town that he's struggling to escape. His one shining glimmer of happiness is Paola, a girl he met on Facebook and established an exclusive online relationship with. After many failed attempts to video chat with Paola, she finally relented and connected with Ramon briefly. However, Ramon saw a completely different-looking girl on his video screen before she hung up -- and he's been baffled ever since.
Lauren met Derek on MySpace nearly 8 years ago. Since then she's relied on him for everything — Derek's funny and caring, and he even supported Lauren after she had a baby with a now former boyfriend. Lauren knows that Derek is the man of her dreams and she can't wait to take the next step with him. The only problem is, they've never met in real life or even video chatted. Every time she's tried to see Derek he's always had an excuse. Lauren strongly believes that Derek could be her future husband and she feels that he can be a good father to her three-year-old son.
Dorion is torn between two women—his current girlfriend, Raffinee, and his online love of over two years, Jeszica. Dorion was introduced to Jeszica on Facebook while she was dating one of his friends. They quickly started texting and talking on the phone, and now he's completely fallen for her. Dorion has even shared his darkest secrets with Jeszica. He says that he trusts her completely, but every time he's tried to meet her, she ends up blowing him off. Dorion is willing to give up everything for Jeszica, including his relationship with Raffinee.
Having dealt with a number of bullies in her past, teenager Jen relies on online communities to establish relationships. Jen has many friends around the world, but Skylar is by far the most special one to her. After meeting on a gaming site, in a flash, Jen and Skylar went from innocent online bantering to constant flirtatious texting. Now, Jen is ready to take things to the next level, but she's never met Skylar in person and has only two pictures of him. Jen is scared to push the reticent Skylar too hard, but she's desperate to know if he could really be her first true love.
Three and a half years ago, Mike met his ultimate mystery girl, Kristen, on Facebook. They quickly forged a deep connection, exchanging "I love you's" and carrying on a turbulent on-again-off-again relationship. But despite the fact that the two live only 40 miles apart, Mike's frequent efforts to meet Kristen have been futile. Mike believes that she's afraid of rejection due to a permanent injury from a car accident, but he's convinced Kristen is real and that they could live "happily ever after" together if they could only meet.
When Jesse was introduced to Brian on Facebook, she thought she'd hit the jackpot. Brian is a former Marine, a true gentleman, and handsome to boot. They made plans to meet and Jesse drove hundreds of miles to see him, but Brian never showed up and stopped answering her calls. The next day, Jesse begged Brian to explain why he stood her up, but he refused to give a reason. Now, three years later, Brian has asked her to move halfway across the country to live with him. Jesse feels that Brian could be the perfect guy for her and she's ready for a fresh start.
Artis' life changed five months ago when he met Jess, a sexy, blonde beauty, on Facebook. Although Artis and Jess each were in relationships at the time and still living with their significant others, they still believed they had found the true love they so desperately wanted. Even though Artis has seen only one photo of Jess, he's willing to risk everything to be with her and is ready to meet Jess in person.
For over seven years, Ashley has sent dramatically altered photos of herself to her soul mate, Mike, to make her look thinner and more attractive to him. Mike, who appears to be an extraordinarily fit and handsome young man, lives several states away in New Jersey. Saddled by insecurities around her weight and a fear of going out in public, Ashley has become more reliant on her online connection to Mike with each passing year, but has always found an excuse not to meet up with him.
Alicia refuses to meet Aaliyah because she has not come out to her friends and family.
Nick and Melissa met in a Tila Tequila fan chat room and have been talking for 6 years. There's only one problem — Melissa has a boyfriend.
Derek is a veteran and a single father who was cheated on by his ex-wife.
Keyonnah has been a fan of the rapper Bow Wow since she was growing up. She messages him one day and is shocked when he messages her back. They have been talking for 4 months, but Keyonnah is suspicious when he refuses to video chat.
Mike, a struggling artist from Pensacola, Florida, fell in love online with a beautiful redhead named Caroline over a year and a half ago. But as their connection grew, so did Mike's suspicions, since they live in the same city and Caroline has continually evaded his attempts to meet. Strangely, Caroline often makes her presence known by sending Mike pictures of the exterior of his workplace and has even left a note on his car when it was parked in front of his house. Regardless, Mike continues to grow more invested in his relationship with Caroline, especially when he learned that she was diagnosed with colon cancer and needs his support. Mike can't tear himself away from this intensely bizarre love affair, but does wonder if he's being preyed upon by a stalking catfish. Is Caroline an imposter -- or is she the real love of his life and just afraid her illness will come between them?