Series / The Catch
The Catch. Ready to fight.
The Catch is an American crime drama show airing on ABC, created by Kate Atkinson (Case Histories), Jennifer Schuur (Hannibal, Big Love, Hellcats), and Helen Gregory, developed by Allan Heinberg (Young Avengers, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal...), and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, etc.). Best described as a heist-mystery, the show mainly focuses on two factions: a team of Private Investigators, and a team of Con Artists.

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 Shared Universe with Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

It has also been very popular, to the extent people wanted to know what the show was, so much so it began pushing shows such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones out of the limelight and becoming less popular.

Tropes applicable to the show include:

  • Absentee Actor: Rita (Jamie Van Dyke) and Holly (Elena Rusconi) only appear in a few episodes this season.
  • Affably Evil: The Benefactor, more or less, turns out to be this. He may be a ruthless crime leader, but he holds no grudge over 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.
  • Alternate Continuity: Whilst it's in the Shondaland The Verse and Shared Universe, it's unclear as to whether it's in its own continuity or not.
  • Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: As in most Shonda Rhimes shows, most of the cast are morally grey. Maybe as much so as Grey's Anatomy.
  • Bi the Way: 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).
  • Big Bad: The Benefactor is set up to be one. Subverted, as the real Big Bad turns out to be his mother, and his sister ends up taking over from her when she's arrested.
  • Black and Grey Morality: There are some genuinely villainous characters in the show, but the heroes are willing to bend the rules to achieve their goals.
  • But He Sounds Handsome: Inverted. "Christopher" describes his criminal identity Mr. X as untrustworthy and deceitful.
  • Con Artist: Given the premise of the show, this is justified to some extent.
  • Contractual Immortality: Taken Up to Eleven when you include Ms. Fanservice characters Rita (played by Jamie Van Dyke) and Holly (played by Elena Rusconi). Word of God is that Elena is a future star in the making.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Margot previously served some people who appear to be very dangerous, and is not yet free from her obligations to them.
  • Depraved Bisexual: 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.
  • Fake American: John Simm appears as Rhys, an American character but some critics see it as Ooh My Accents Slipping.
  • Fake Guest Star: Jamie Van Dyke 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 quite a lot of leg.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Margot seems to be aware that something is going on between 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.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: The leader of the syndicate Margot used to belong to 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.
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: The show gets a lot of hype, even being billed the "next Game of Thrones".
  • Lighter and Softer: Thus far, the tone of this show has been much more light-hearted than that of Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder. However, Word of Dante is that the show isn't that way.
  • No Woman's Land: Princess Zara's country, a thinly veiled expy of Saudi Arabia, is clearly indicated to be an example of this.
  • Private Investigator: Alice Vaughn, the protagonist, is one.
  • Retraux: The show's title font is this - it's actually the font from Inception.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Again, Princess Zara.
  • Shared Universe: Word of God and Word of Saint Paul is that this show is canonically within the same universe as Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice and has the same continuity as it.
  • Three Lines Some Waiting: The pace of the show is generally quite fast, but each episode generally focuses on multiple plot lines:
    • Mystery of the Week: One plot each week usually focuses on a client of Vaughan and Associates.
    • The Caper: Another plot each week usually focuses on a con being run by Benjamin and Margot.
  • What Could Have Been: Word of God is, that Margot Robbie was supposed to be in it, but her commitments on the film Suicide Squad stopped it from happening.