Too Hot to Handle (TV series)

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The British reality television dating game program “Too Hot to Handle” is produced by Fremantle’s Talkback and Thames production companies. The show’s first season, consisting of eight episodes, launched on Netflix on April 17, 2020. It was created by Laura Gibson and Charlie Bennett. The show is hosted by a virtual assistant dubbed “Lana” and showcases ten adults who normally participate in casual relationships but fail to develop long-term relationships. For four weeks, these individuals live in a house together and attend various programs. They are, however, barred from kissing, sexual activity, or self-gratification. When these restrictions are broken, the monetary prize is reduced.

The show was renewed for two more seasons in January 2021. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, these seasons were shot in sequence on the Turks and Caicos Islands. The first half of the second season debuted on June 23, 2021, with the second half arriving the following week on June 30, 2021. The third season was released on January 19, 2022. As a result, the fourth season premiered on December 7, 2022. On July 14, 2023, the fifth season premiered. {Wikipedia}

The show is hosted by “Lana,” a virtual assistant in the shape of a traffic cone. It revolves around a group of grownups who are prone to shallow relationships and struggle to form genuine bonds. For four weeks, these people are housed together. The participants initially believe they are on a separate program, and they are surprised to realize that they are actually on “Too Hot to Handle.”

During their time in the house, the contestants partake in various workshops, with a distinct focus on developing genuine bonds. However, they face the challenge of refraining from kissing, sexual interactions, and self-gratification. The intention behind these restrictions is to encourage sincere connections among the participants. At the outset, the contestants are given a starting prize of $100,000, which decreases whenever one of the rules is broken.

Each season begins with 10 fresh contestants, though additional participants might join as the season progresses. Similarly, individuals who fail to establish connections or fully engage in the process may be removed from the show.

Quick Info Regrading Too Hot to Handle:

  • Genre: Reality, Dating game show
  • Created by: Laura Gibson, Charlie Bennett
  • Developed by: Charlie Bennett, Laura Gibson
  • Presented by: Lana
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Original language: English
  • No. of series: 5
  • Original network: Netflix
  • Original release: April 17, 2020
  • Production companies: Talkback, Thames

Original Series:

  1. Too Hot to Handle (Season 1)
  2. Too Hot to Handle (Season 2)
  3. Too Hot to Handle (Season 3)
  4. Too Hot to Handle (Season 4)
  5. Too Hot to Handle (Season 5)

International versions:

Brazil: (two seasons)

  1. Too Hot to Handle: Brazil
  2. Too Hot to Handle Brazil (Season 2)

Germany: (one season)

  1. Too Hot to Handle Germany (Season 1)

Mexico: (one season)

  1. Too Hot to Handle: Latino (Season 1)