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:
- 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. There is currently no Word of God on this though.
- Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: As in most Shonda Rhimes shows, most of the cast are morally grey.
- Big Bad: The Benefactor is set up to be one.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Private Investigator: Alice Vaughn, the protagonist is one.
- Retraux: The show's title font is this.
- 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: