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[[caption-width-right:349:The Catch. Ready to fight.]]
'''''The Catch''''' is an American crime drama show airing on Creator/{{ABC}}, created by Kate Atkinson (''Series/CaseHistories''), Jennifer Schuur (''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', ''Series/BigLove'', ''Series/{{Hellcats}}''), and Helen Gregory, developed by Allan Heinberg (''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', ''Series/{{Scandal}}''...), and executive produced by Creator/ShondaRhimes (''Series/GreysAnatomy'', ''Series/PrivatePractice'', ''Series/{{Scandal}}'', ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'', etc.). Best described as a [[TheCaper heist]]-{{mystery}}, the show mainly focuses on two factions: a team of {{Private Investigator}}s, and a team of {{Con Artist}}s.

The end of the first episode reveals that one of the lead [=PIs=] was romantically linked with one of the con artists, which complicates things.

It has also [[HollywoodHypeMachine been very popular]], to the extent people wanted to know more about the show. In spite of this it was cancelled after its second season in 2017.

!!Tropes applicable to the show include:

* AffablyEvil: The Benefactor, more or less, turns out to be this. He may be a ruthless crime leader, but he holds no grudge over [[spoiler:being held at gunpoint by Alice and even tries to help her and Benjamin escape. Sadly, it doesn't work out, but that's through no fault of his.]]
** Margot becomes this in Season 2.
* AntiHero / AntiVillain: As in most Shonda Rhimes shows, most of the cast are morally grey. Maybe as much so as ''GreysAnatomy''.
* BiTheWay: Margot and Ben are implied to be lovers but Margot is also shown in a hot relationship with Felicity (who also happens to be sleeping with Margot's brother).
** Rhys is also bisexual as he repeatedly oogles the other men of the show.
* BigBad: The Benefactor is set up to be one. [[spoiler:Subverted, as the real BigBad turns out to be his mother, and his sister ends up taking over from her when she's arrested.]]
** Subverted again when Rhys and Margot end up joining the heroes.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: There are some genuinely villainous characters in the show, but the heroes are willing to bend the rules to achieve their goals.
** Switches around as the villains shift to becoming {{Antihero}} characters while the heroes remain good.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: All of the members of the Kensington family are this as they're an oddball collection of LondonGangster con artists as well as killers. [[spoiler: It even applies to Ben and Margot's fifteen year old daughter Tessa.]].
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: Inverted. "Christopher" describes his criminal identity Mr. X as untrustworthy and deceitful.
* ConArtist: Given the premise of the show, this is justified to some extent.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Margot previously served some people who appear to be very dangerous, and is not yet free from her obligations to them.
* DepravedBisexual: Both Felicity and The Benefactor are this, the latter moreso since he isn't afraid to kill anyone who gets in his way. Margot as well.
* FakeGuestStar: Gina Torres as Justine Diaz in season two. She appeared in every episode, but was always credited as a guest star.
* {{Fanservice}}: Surprisingly, this has a fair amount for a network show. When Margot and Felicity go to bed together, we see [[ShesGotLegs quite a lot of leg]].
* FilleFatale: Tessa is a fifteen year old girl who ticks all these boxes. [[spoiler: Because she's Margot and Ben's daughter.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Margot and Rhys keep this status until they just become friendly period.
* GreenEyedMonster: Margot seems to be aware that something is going on between [[spoiler:Benjamin and Alice]], and obviously isn't happy about it. Danny, who has a crush on Sophie, also isn't particularly thrilled by the fact that she seems to be warming up to Shawn.
* HeelFaceTurn: Both Rhys and Margot go from being the show's BigBadEnsemble to co-stars on the heroes' side. This is, according to WordOfGod, in no small part due to John Simms and Sonya Walger's fan favorite status.
* HeManWomanHater: The leader of the syndicate Margot used to belong to [[spoiler: who was actually her father]] seems to be quite the misogynist. She was next in line to replace him, but does not believe she would ever have been allowed to do so, which appears to be the reason she left.
** Averted as it turns out it was more Margot's UnreliableNarrator status as her mother took over after just fine. Given she turned out to have been a ''teenager'' at the time she left, it's also clear she may have had a bit of an entitlement issue. [[spoiler: An issue mirrored by her daughter when she tries to take over at age fifteen.]]
* LighterAndSofter: Thus far, the tone of this show has been much more light-hearted than that of ''Series/{{Scandal}}'' or ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder''. However, WordOfDante is that the show isn't that way.
** Heavily subverted after the {{Retool}} for the second season where the story goes from being a crime drama to a much more comedic {{Dramedy}}. TropesAreNotBad turns out to be this case, however, as both critics as well as audiences agree the show has improved as a result.
* MsFanservice: Aside from the protagonist, Alice Vaughan, [[CaptainObvious obviously]], Margot, Princess Zara Al-Salim, Holly, Rita and Robin all count as this, although only the first three get any CharacterDevelopment; the other two are minor characters/
* NoWomansLand: Princess Zara's country, a thinly veiled {{expy}} of Saudi Arabia, is clearly indicated to be an example of this.
* PrivateInvestigator: Alice Vaughn, the protagonist, is one.
* {{Retcon}}: Felicity [[spoiler: is revealed to be alive after being shot in the heart. This is believed by many to roll back Rhys's MoralEventHorizon from Season 1.]]
* {{Retool}}: Goes from being a ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' crime drama to being a DenserAndWackier show about con artists and private detectives teaming up against bad guys in Season 2.
* {{Retraux}}: The show's title font is this - it's actually the font from ''[[{{Films/Inception}} Inception]]''.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Again, Princess Zara.
** MysteryOfTheWeek: One plot each week usually focuses on a client of Vaughan and Associates.
** TheCaper: Another plot each week usually focuses on a con being run by [[spoiler:Benjamin]] and Margot.
* TheTheTitle: Like ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', ''every'' episode begins with "The", even the pilot episode.