Too Hot to Handle season 3 review – the trashy reality show returns

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: January 12, 2022 (Last updated: July 14, 2023)
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Netflix series Too Hot to Handle season 3


The third season is still so binge-able that many of us will finish the show in one sitting.

This review of the Netflix series Too Hot to Handle season 3 does not contain any spoilers.

Netflix’s hit reality show returns again! In case you’re not aware or haven’t seen Too Hot to Handle before, contestants are tricked into appearing in the reality show. This time around, they believe they’re on “Pleasure Island”. Little do they know, so we are led to believe, that they’re actually appearing on Too Hot to Handle. Instead of a party fuelled experience, the group of sex-obsessed individuals learn that they must refrain from any form of physical pleasure. The motivation for them to succeed? A chance of winning $200,000.

As the grand prize has doubled, Too Hot to Handle definitely tries to raise the stakes. Although it is classed as reality TV, it doesn’t always feel like that when you’re watching it. A lot of the drama feels staged, with the contestants appearing to perfectly fit within the narrative that previous seasons of the series have followed. As a result, Too Hot to Handle does not compare favourably to Big Brother, Love Island or Married At First Sight. On the plus side, it’s a lot shorter so it’s a lot quicker/easier to watch.

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It’s binge-able. But unlike previous seasons, there’s not one contestant who has the same stand out personality. (Think Harry from Season 1). Nor is there an overly likable contestant. (Such as David, Chloe and Cam). This time around? Not so much. Aside from the cast being less likeable, Too Hot To Handle season 3 is very much like the two seasons that came before. There’s nothing new or fresh to the format. But why fix something that’s proven to be a ratings success? It may be a tacky, borderline sickening watch, yet for some reason, many of us won’t be able to stop watching.

What did you think of Netflix’s Too Hot to Handle season 3? Comment below.

You can watch Too Hot to Handle with a subscription to Netflix.

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