'''''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.

!!Tropes applicable to the show include:

* AntiHero and AntiVillain: As in most Shonda Rhimes shows, most of the cast are morally grey.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Benjamin]] gives every indication of being an example of this: he refrains from running a con on the princess, instead giving her money to [[spoiler:Alice]]'s charity, as the princess wanted him to do all along. (He also lies to Margot about it, saying the princess' check bounced). This convinces [[spoiler:Alice]] that his feelings for her are genuine.
* BigBad: The Benefactor [[spoiler: aka Margot's brother]] is set up to be one.
* BiTheWay: Margot is willing to seduce and sleep with women if it's necessary for her cause, as is assassin Felicity.
** [[spoiler: And so is her brother, The Benefactor]].
* BlackAndGreyMorality: There are some genuinely villainous characters in the show, but the heroes are willing to bend the rules to achieve their goals.
* CaperCrew: Margot's faction.
* ConArtist: Quite a few of them, given the premise of the show.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Margot previously served some people who appear to be very dangerous, and is not yet free from her obligations to them. [[spoiler:Benjamin]] is alleged to have killed someone in his past, though it's not clear if this is actually true.
** [[spoiler: As of episode 6, it's implied that was actually The Benefactor's doing]].
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler:Benjamin]] has a habit of stealing the identities of the recently deceased.
* DepravedBisexual: Both Felicity and The Benefactor are this, the latter moreso since he isn't afraid to kill anyone who gets in his way.
* EtTuBrute: In "The Princess and the I.P.", [[spoiler:the inventor of an XRayVision technology has been betrayed by her business partner, whom she thought was her best friend]].
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Gwen]] in "The Princess and the I.P."
* {{Fanservice}}: A fair amount for a network show. When Margot and Felicity go to bed together, we see [[ShesGotLegs quite a lot of leg]].
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: [[spoiler:Benjamin]] is the mysterious "Mr. X" Vaughan and Associates has been chasing.
* 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.
** [[spoiler: Her brother]] The Benefactor shares the same mindset.
* InLoveWithTheMark: It quickly becomes apparent that [[spoiler:Benjamin]] has genuinely fallen for [[spoiler:Alice]].
* LighterAndSofter: Thus far, the tone of this show has been much more light-hearted than that of ''Series/{{Scandal}}'' or ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder''.
* NoWomansLand: The homeland of Princess Zara.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The client of the week in "The Princess and the I.P." [[spoiler:Likely surprising absolutely no one, their leader turns out to be planning to sell an XRayVision technology to terrorists. To be fair, they were pretty clearly meant to be ObviouslyEvil.]]
* PrivateInvestigator: Vaughan and Associates.
* {{Qurac}}: Princess Zara is monarch of a fictional country clearly meant to stand in for UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia.
* RebelliousPrincess: Princess Zara has no intention of letting her country's patriarchal fundamentalism curtail her freedom, nor of letting her family choose her destiny.
* RefugeInAudacity: [[spoiler:Benjamin]] steals one of [[spoiler:Alice]]'s favourite paintings from a museum, replaces it with a forgery, and puts the original in her apartment.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Again, Princess Zara.
* SinisterSurveillance: [[spoiler:Dao bugs Alice's room. She is not amused when she finds out.]]
* 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.
** MythArc: An overarching plot involves [[spoiler:Alice and Benjamin]]'s interactions with each other.
* UnholyMatrimony: [[spoiler:Benjamin]] and Margot are apparently married and are both {{Con Artist}}s. At least, to start out...
* WalkingSpoiler: There's a reason nearly every reference to [[spoiler:Benjamin]] on this page is blacked out.
* WasItAllALie: Naturally, [[spoiler:Alice]] asks this of [[spoiler:Benjamin]] when she discovers his con. Answer: [[spoiler:It started out that way, but he fell InLoveWithTheMark]].
* XRayVision: A military contractor in the episode "The Princess and the I.P." appears to have developed this technology.
* YourCheatingHeart: Valerie is estranged from her husband because he had an affair, which he genuinely appears to regret. Meanwhile, Margot and [[spoiler:Benjamin]] seem to have an arrangement that they can sleep with other people if it's necessary for a con, but [[spoiler:Benjamin]] has genuinely fallen for [[spoiler:Alice]], which is not part of the arrangement.