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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.

This is part of the same SharedUniverse with ''GreysAnatomy'' and ''PrivatePractice''.

It has also [[HollywoodHypeMachine been very popular]], to the extent people wanted to know what the show was, so much so it began pushing shows such as ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' and ''Series/GameOfThrones'' [[DeaderThanDisco out of the limelight and becoming less popular]].

!!Tropes applicable to the show include:

* AbsenteeActor: Rita (Jamie VanDyke) and Holly (Elena Rusconi) only appear in a few episodes this season.
* 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.]]
* AlternateContinuity: Whilst it's in the Shondaland TheVerse and SharedUniverse, it's unclear as to whether it's in its own continuity or not.
* 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).
* 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.]]
* BlackAndGreyMorality: There are some genuinely villainous characters in the show, but the heroes are willing to bend the rules to achieve their goals.
* 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.
* ContractualImmortality: Taken UpToEleven when you include MsFanservice characters Rita (played by Jamie VanDyke) and Holly (played by Elena Rusconi). WordOfGod is that Elena is a future star in the making.
* 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.
* FakeAmerican: John Simm appears as Rhys, an American character but some critics see it as OohMyAccentsSlipping.
* FakeGuestStar: Jamie VanDyke and Elena Rusconi are credited as guests despite being regular characters, although ''why'' is not known.
* {{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]].
* 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.
* 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.
* HollywoodHypeMachine: The show gets a lot of hype, even being billed the "next ''GameOfThrones''".
* 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.
* 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.
* {{Retraux}}: The show's title font is this - it's actually the font from ''[[{{Films/Inception}} Inception]]''.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Again, Princess Zara.
* SharedUniverse: WordOfGod and WordOfSaintPaul is that this show is canonically within the same universe as ''GreysAnatomy'' and ''PrivatePractice'' and has the same continuity as it.
* ThreeLinesSomeWaiting: The pace of the show is generally quite fast, but each episode generally focuses on multiple plot lines:
** 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.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WordOfGod is, that MargotRobbie was ''supposed'' to be in it, but her commitments on the film ''SuicideSquad'' stopped it from happening.