If there's one thing this global pandemic has proven, it's that Netflix has one hell of a sense of humor. At a time when the majority of us are frantically Googling "how to dye your own roots (opens in new tab) " or sporting unibrows and regrettable buzzcuts, the streaming service dropped Too Hot to Handle, a show about people who are so hot they literally can't handle it (opens in new tab).
And neither can the Internet. Just hours after the show debuted on Friday, Twitter was awash with opinions about the reality dating show that flips the script: where the audience roots for beautiful people not to touch and the fantasy suite is a place for emotional, not sexual, connection. Are you listening Bachelor producers? (opens in new tab) (That's not to say the show doesn't perpetuate reality show tropes, most alarmingly, that only thin and heterosexual people are "hot"...)
But despite the show's outrageous premise—a reality dating show with no sex is like, well, a reality show with no hot people—the internet clearly found solace in the sex-less escapades of the cast, hope in the contestants' personal growth, and comfort in the show's cheeky AI judge, Lana. Plus, we all needed something to tweet about now that the Love Is Blind (opens in new tab) and Tiger King memes (opens in new tab) have died down.
So read on for the Internet's best reactions to Too Hot to Handle. And rest assured that Harry was once just as horny as you are now, while social distancing.
Too Hot To Handle is by far the dumbest reality tv show I’ve ever watched but I can’t stop watching pic.twitter.com/71Yd7vRQnuApril 18, 2020
me thinking too hot to handle is stupid but also watching the whole season in a day pic.twitter.com/YNCq1qAl1nApril 18, 2020
Me whenever Haley from Too hot to handle speaks pic.twitter.com/6ZK2uCXR6wApril 18, 2020
Too hot to handle on netflix absolutely superb viewingApril 18, 2020
trying to resist watching the Netflix show Too Hot To Handle cause it looks like the binge worthy trash I want rn pic.twitter.com/xct4WVt8qYApril 18, 2020
Now that am done with " too hot to handle" what's next?😭🥺 pic.twitter.com/t9rXp8VhOyApril 18, 2020
Netflix: On TOO HOT TO HANDLE, we ask you to imagine what it must be like to not have sex for a few weeks. Crazy, right?Almost literally everyone: I...is that supposed to be a long time?April 19, 2020
my brain cells after the first episode of too hot to handle pic.twitter.com/QAl6c9VwcIApril 19, 2020
Me after watching 'Too Hot to Handle' in one sitting:#toohottohandle#Toohottohandlenetflix pic.twitter.com/0auqfev8S8April 18, 2020
Lana (the lil cone on too hot to handle): There has been a breach of the rules. Harry kissed Francesca. The rule break has cost the group $3000. Kelz: pic.twitter.com/iFDhVIO1SZApril 18, 2020
Me: Too Hot To Handle on Netflix is a mess, a trainwreck, a stupid show.Also Me: proceed to watch the whole season in 1 day #TooHotTooHandle pic.twitter.com/Yjmu2Q4rU5April 18, 2020
I just started Too Hot To Handle and got the point where someone asked this girl what language her tattoo was in and she said "I don't know"April 19, 2020
Moving on. Too Hot To Handle. Umm. Chloe mixed metaphors while describing herself as not smart. Should be a great show.April 19, 2020
Just told my mom that the premise of Too Hot to Handle is to avoid having sex or kissing extremely attractive people for a month and she told me I should’ve gone on the show bc I’d win for sure. pic.twitter.com/McEjrP5mJrApril 19, 2020
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