My colleague Cass said it the best on Twitter the other night: Netflix’s Too Hot To Handle is officially the buzzy TV show of the weekend.
The steamy reality TV show is all everyone and their brother is to be talking about come Monday.
And the Too Hot To Handle memes are going to be great.
The show is trashy. Dumb-as-rocks trashy. The characters are vain, superficial train-wrecks, talking about their Instagram follower counts and how much they love hooking up. It’s impossible to not hate, them but also kinda love them.
Character development on Too Hot Too Handle – if you want to call it that – is a long-play. In the meantime, there’s so much T&A and patronizingly dumb group B-roll – classic moves from the reality show production playbook, it’s impossible to stop watching once you take the plunge.
And it completely rules. A++ binge-watching television, in the times of quarantine.
Before we dive into Netflix’s Too Hot To Handle memes, here’s the show’s premise. Some spoilers ahead – since you’re going to hear a lot about this Orwellian thirst trap in the coming days.
A group of young, hot, and thirsty 20-something Instagram influencers hang out a tropical resort together for one month. Think the very worst of Instagram influencer culture that you hate. This is what they look like:
You get it now.
The Too Hot To Handle cast can drink together, they can party together, they can go on dates. There’s group drama. And, of course, eventually, their chemistry with each other starts to combust.
But there’s one caveat: No kissing. No heavy petting. No sexual contact. And, obviously, no sex.
There’s a $100,000 prize pool for the group as long as they can avoid physical intimacy with each other.
And an Alexa-like robot device called Alana is keeping tabs any time sparks start to fly or a couple shacks up together.
Personally – I love it. I was a huge fan of all the late Aughts reality shows that exploded from 2006 – 2011. In college, trashy VH1 / MTV reality shows like Flavor Of Love, I Love New York, Rock Of Love etc et all were literally appointment television in my house. Great shows to rip a bowl and drink bottom shelf vodka to. After college, this led way to Jersery Shore, whose first two seasons I consider to be the proverbial high water mark for dating reality TV shows. It’s basically been a downhill slide from there.
It took about eight years, but hook-up shows are back, baby! As much as I love a buzzy documentary like Tiger King, I’m pretty excited about the resurgence of cringe-y, low-brow TV that’s pure diesel. Netflix has done a great job owned this void on the platforms with The Circle and Love Is Blind. Too Hot To Handle, however, shamelessly takes the cake.
While every blogger and Redditor and bored-at-home types out their take about what it all means for dating or Tinder culture or Instagram, I’m here for the dank memes.
In just 48 hours, the Netflix Too Hot To Handle memes are already on fire.
Proceed with caution, spoilers ahead: Some of these Too Hot To Handle memes are more relatable if you’ve watched the show.
You’re going to be rooting for The Purge afterwards, but once you start, you won’t be able to stop.
It’s completely addictive.