A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Winning money at all costs is the overall theme of the show.
Positive Role Models
Suffering contestants taunt other players throughout the process. Team members push each other to keep it together and not tap out, despite significant suffering and EMT intervention.
Violence & Scariness
The heat of the food is so high that people moan, yell, tear up, and throw up in buckets. Some teams provoke each other so much that they want to fist fight.
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Curses are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Chili sauce bottles are seen from a distance; but no logos are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to bars and drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hot Ones: The Game Show features people trying to win cash by eating very hot chicken wings and answering trivia questions. Unlike the popular, celebrity-heavy YouTube series from which it's adapted, it features competitive rounds designed to make players sweat, cry, throw up, partially lose vision, and struggle to breathe in front of a rowdy studio audience (and watchful emergency responders). Curses are bleeped out, but taunts and insults are frequent. Viewers of all ages are reminded to never try this at home.
Is It Any Good?
This over-the-top, borderline unethical game show features contestants trying to win cash by willingly torturing themselves with dangerously spicy food. The entertainment comes from watching people tear up, sweat, struggle to see and breathe, and throw up as they consume hot pepper sauces that rank between the thousands to the millions on the Scoville Scale (the index that measures the heat of chili peppers). Adding to this is resident cook Chef Willie boasting about the bodily harm the sauces will cause, and excerpts of EMTs checking up on the struggling participants to make sure they're ok. Throughout it all, the crowd cheers them on, and players somehow find it within them to taunt each other. Some folks may find these antics all in good fun, but Hot Ones: The Game Show feels pretty irresponsible, and reminds us of how money can motivate people to do really dumb things.
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