Too Hot To Handle: Everything You Need to Know About Netflix’s New Reality Dating Series


Just in time for the erar of social distancing, Netflix's Too Hot To Handle is coming to fill the Love Is Blind-shaped hole in your life. In true Netflix fashion, not much is known about the show, but by this time next week, you'll have binged the whole thing and followed-up on several fan theories. Below, a guide to the new reality program providing relief during quarantine.

What is Too Hot To Handle about?

The series' premise is truly deranged. Like a distant relative of Love Island or Bachelor in Paradise, Too Hot to Handle sequesters a group of hot singles in a tropical location for a peculiar dating ritual. The catch? They have to keep their distance in order to get close.

The juicy official synopsis reads:

Ten young, hot singles from around the world come together in a seaside paradise for what they think will be the most exotic and erotic summer of their lives—but there’s a twist. These commitment-phobes who love a casual hook-up will have to give up all hanky panky for the entire retreat if they want to win the $100,000 grand prize. No kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind. With every slip, the prize money goes down. In this luxury no-bone zone, will the serial singletons be able to form deeper emotional connections? Or will the temptation simply be too hot to handle?"

Other pressing questions, like, Is there a host? Who came up with this? and Why am I turned on? have yet to be answered.

Is there a trailer?

Netflix is already leaning into the chaotic energy of its new brainchild, releasing the first trailer with the following tweet:

In the teaser, the singles are referred to as "serial swipers" and reprimanded for their wandering eyes with a vow of celibacy. Who will be ensuring the contestants don't down margaritas and make out? That would be Lana, an Alexa-like robot who tells the group, "This retreat is to help you gain deeper emotional connections. Money will be deducted for any sexual activity." (A.I. really is coming for all our jobs.)Of course, the singles have trouble following directions, as several steamy moments show.

What else should I know about these commitment-phobic contestants?

Thanks to Women's Health, all ten cast Instagram accounts have been located. There are five women (Chloe, Francesca, Haley, Nicole, and Rhonda) and five men (David, Harry, Kelz, Matthew, and Sharron). Per Netflix dating reality show criteria, each cast member is stunning.

When can I watch Too Hot To Handle?

All seven episodes of the reality series hit Netflix Friday, April 17.

Savannah Walsh Editorial Fellow Savannah Walsh is an Editorial Fellow at

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