• Veronika Jel

REVIEW: Too Hot to Handle Season 3 Is The Best Season Yet

The popular reality TV show Too Hot to Handle is back. This time around, the contestants are competing for $200,000. All they have to do is resist temptation.

Can’t touch this

Too Hot to Handle is a Netflix original reality TV show that first came out in 2020. The idea is simple: get a bunch of attractive commitment-phobes together under the ruse that they’re in for a hot summer full of hookups. Once they’ve all met, mingled, and made plans for the evening, reveal to them what’s actually going on.

They can win a lot of money. If they can keep from touching each other. No kissing, no heavy petting, no sex, and (this one always gets the best reactions) no self-gratification.

That doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? Well, wait until you watch the show. Apparently, it’s nearly impossible to adhere to these rules.

Are these people even likable?

Too Hot to Handle looks for a certain type of contestant. Someone unbelievably attractive. Someone who only has flings and one-night stands. Someone emotionally unavailable. Someone who’s not used to rejection.

In the past two seasons, this has meant that, for the most part, none of the people were particularly relatable or likable. Sure, there were some exceptions. Melinda was delightful. But overall, you’d find yourself shaking your head at the contestants more often than actually rooting for them.

Season 3 starts off like any other season. Everyone’s super horny. They want to get off with each other. You think you know where this is going, but then – some of them surprise you. There are at least four extremely likable people in this season. And trust me – 4 out of the initial 10 is not a bad number for Too Hot to Handle.

The most genuine couple yet

One of the highlights of this latest season comes from an unlikely couple uniting. You don’t expect them to get together at the beginning. They don’t seem like a particularly good match. But this is what makes seeing them grow together and slowly realize their feelings all the more heartwarming to watch.

While the last season gave us a couple that is still going strong, it wasn’t quite as easy to tell if they’re meant to be during the show’s run. Season 3’s golden couple, however, is like something from a fairytale. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve cried several times just watching them. There’s something beautiful in seeing two people open up, take the time to get to know each other, and slowly but surely fall in love despite coming here for the exact opposite.

Should this be the last season?

Seasons 2 and 3 were filmed concurrently, meaning there was still a chance of the contestants genuinely not realizing what show they were on before the “rule-reveal.” But with Too Hot to Handle becoming such a massive hit over the last two years, it’s hard to say if this has a chance of working ever again.

More importantly, while this latest season has quickly become my favorite, it’s easy to see that the show’s becoming a bit repetitive at this point. How many more seasons can you really squeeze out of this? Would it maybe be best to stop while you’re ahead?

I’m not sure what the answers are, but I’d like to say this: if you’re craving some mindless, summer-y TV, you might as well check out Too Hot to Handle. It’s surprisingly entertaining.

Rating: 5/5