The Catfish Came Back

MTV's series keeps hope--and deception--alive

A lot can happen when you open an e-mail from a stranger. That's how every episode of the MTV docu-series Catfish: The TV Show begins: hosts Yaniv "Nev" Schulman and Max Joseph check their inbox and find a message from someone in a shaky online relationship, a virtual romance with a stranger who seems to be hiding something.

During the episode, the two help the e-mailer uncover the truth about their so-called catfish--someone who manufactures part of his or her online persona. The 2010 documentary that spawned the TV show featured Schulman, now 28, unearthing the heartbreaking truth about his own...

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