A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It attempts to highlight what's important in a relationship, but sends confusing messages. It also fails to send clear messages about the role of sex in healthy adult relationships.
Positive Role Models
The cast is self-involved and hedonistic, but some appear to learn a few things during the process.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild arguments arise, but nothing violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is a central theme in the show. The cast discusses it (often crudely) and engages in different sexual behaviors. Nudity is blurred.
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Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's lots of drinking, ranging from champagne and cocktails to hard liquor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Too Hot To Handle is a reality dating competition that challenges contestants to refrain from sexual activity in exchange for a cash prize. There's lots of strong sexual innuendo, ranging from explicit discussions about sexual activities, to couples kissing and engaging in sexual acts. The cast wears skimpy, skin-revealing bikinis, and are often shown in various stages of undress (but no visible nudity). There's lots of cursing, including "s--t" and "f--k", and heavy drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Much like Netflix's Love Is Blind, this voyeuristic reality competition is designed to encourage participants to actively focus on things other than sex when trying to connect with another person. But watching cast members engage in some sort of sexual activity is at the forefront of the show gives it a Love Island-like feel as cameras record the model-type contestants talking, drinking, and (inevitably) enjoying sexual encounters. The constant talking about who is pairing up, and who is having sex (and costing them money) makes it equally tedious. As a result, Too Hot To Handle is only nominally entertaining, and misses its mark when it comes to offering constructive messages about building healthy intimate adult relationships.
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