For legal reasons, all persons involved on the series sign contracts agreeing to appear on camera prior to the episode even entering production.In Season 3's Miranda and Camryn episode, the catfish did change their mind about meeting the hopeful, and only appeared via Skype.
Nev claims that he has received requests from people asking him for his help in determining whether or not their online-only lover is lying or truthful about their identity.
In each episode the hosts help a different individual with a different story, travelling to wherever they live and using background checks and research to uncover the truth.
And the [catfish] doesn't know that we're actually doing it. Chelsea showed no remorse and says that she has no feelings at all for Sunny.
Later they talk and Chelsea admits she is bisexual and has feelings for Sunny. Nev introduces Sunny to the real Jamison in the end.
Kim opens up to Nev that the love of her life Steven committed suicide and that Matt helped her through the grief.
She meets Matt at his home, where he reveals he has refused to meet her because he is ashamed of his weight.
The term "catfish" is derived from the title of the previously-mentioned 2010 documentary, in which filmmaker Schulman discovers that the woman with whom he'd been carrying on an online relationship had not been honest in describing herself.
Catfish parodied in the Philippines as Dogfish MTV and the Catfish film's producers, Schulman and Joseph, help people who are emotionally entangled with someone they have never met in real life.
And so they're hopeful that by coming on the show [...] maybe we can facilitate some kind of amicable exchange, that they can be heard, explain themselves in a more objective and non-judgmental way. Nursing student Sunny met and fell in love with model "Jamison" or "RJ" while chatting on Facebook, but they had never met in the eight months they had talked.
So [the producers] orchestrate very delicately, and staying out of it as much as possible, a scenario by which [...] the hopeful reaches out to me [...]. [The hopeful has] no idea of course that the other person's already expressed interest in meeting. When Nev finally introduces Sunny to "Jamison", he turns out to be a girl named Chelsea, who originally created the profile for revenge on a former friend.
Each episode is an investigation into whether or not the other participant in the virtual relationship is legitimate or if they are, in fact, a "catfish".