Nev Schulman fell in love with Megan over the Internet and continued a relationship with her despite concerns from his closest friends. Nev's brother Ariel and friend Henry Joost documented the entire relationship,and eventual "meeting" in the Sundance documentary Catfish. This story unfolded as Nev went to meet Megan and learned that she didn't really exist. She was actually an older woman's imagination.
With the success of the documentary, the filmmakers have turned the project into a weekly docu-series for MTV. The premiere followed Sunny as she tried to meet the love of her life and Internet boyfriend, RJ. In the end he wasn't quite who she thought. Feelings were hurt, tears were shed and more people became weary of online dating.
Despite the stories of deception so far, executive producer Tom Forman told Huffington Post that fans can expect more than deception for each episode. "Some of them go there because so many people on the Internet, especially when you are 19, 20 years old, are using somebody else’s photograph or exaggerating in ways that probably seem really mild when you first posted that profile. And two years later, having found someone who really cares about you, you are still haunted by those initial untruths," he said. However, he notes that some "are exactly who they say they are."
Those who are deceived, like Sunny, also use the situation as a way to make a new friend or connection with a stranger. "They are willing to get past an initial deception and really do make a connection at the end in person and in real life. That’s been really heartwarming."
Catfish airs every Monday at 10/9c on MTV.