Catfish, we’d argue, is actually one of the best shows on TV right now. It’s not as highbrow as Homeland and it’s probably largely staged, but MTV’s attempt to turn the award-winning documentary into a reality TV show series has never once disappointed us in the OMGWTF department.
The show, which arranges for people with longtime Internet relationships to finally meet face to face, inevitably revealing the complex nest of lies they’ve told each other, is entertainment in the purest sense: Viewers can’t help but watch with a sense of horror and fascination as people humiliate themselves–and then are redeemed!–right on the screen.
But what makes Catfish most compelling is that almost everyone in our day and age has entertained a relationship with someone they’ve met online, whether romantic or otherwise. Catfish allows for a sense of “OMG that could happen to me,” which is equal parts horrifying and exciting. And now, those of you with weird Internet friends can apply to be on season two of the MTV show.
MTV tweeted a link to a WuFoo form where users can apply to appear on the show. “This is legit, ppl,” the network promises. The form asks some important questions like “Have you ever SEEN the person on videochat?” (we’re guessing you’d have to check “No” on that one in order to be considered) and “Do you have a secret or something to confess to your online partner?”
This is your chance to come clean, you guys. Wonder if Manti Te’o will apply (heh heh).
(h/t Lindsey Weber)