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Hot Ones: The Game Show

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Spicy chicken trivia game promotes dumb behavior for cash.

TV truTV Game Shows 2020
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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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 18, 2020
  • Cast: Sean Evans
  • Network: truTV
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: October 13, 2022

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