Mixing elements of Love Island and Love Is Blind, Netflix look like it has conjured up a serious reality TV hit that fits the lockdown zeitgeist perfectly - read on the find out how to watch Too Hot To Handle from anywhere in the world.
Gathering up a batch of sexy singletons that are looking for love while keeping one eye on a $100,000 prize, the show's hot and loud contestants are holed up together on exotic paradise in Mexico.
Too Hot To Handle's USP is its strictly look-but-don't-touch rules - if any contestant engages in any hanky panky, money is deducted from the prize fund. Abstinence isn't normally a tenant of reality TV shows, but it's safe to say the twist has captured our imagination.
Release date: 17 April 2020
Number of episodes: 8
Available on: Netflix (globally)
Adding a further, modern dystopian ingredient to the mix, the host of the series is an Alexa-style virtual assistant named "Lana", who dishes out rules and instructions that the abstaining lovebirds must follow.
Featuring an all-British and Irish lineup of good-looking singles, eight 40-minute episodes of the first run of the show were dropped on Netflix in mid-April.
Can the contestants keep things carnal-free? Read on and we'll show you how to watch Hot to Handle online as well as stream every episode of the show from anywhere - plus give you some pointers on other shows you might like to watch if you're currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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How to watch Hot to Handle on Netflix
Too Hot to Handle is a Netflix Original, which means that all 8 episodes are available exclusively on the service in most countries including key markets like the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
Fortunately, Netflix is highly affordable - here's how Netflix's price plans break down.
US: The Basic tier costs $8.99 per month and allows one screen at once viewing in standard definition. Standard comes in at $12.99 a month and offers high definition resolution streaming and two screens at once viewing, while the Premium tier costs $15.99 and offers four screen of simultaneous viewing as well as Ultra HD streaming.
UK: Netflix tiers in the UK are the same as the US. The Basic tier costs £5.99 per month, Standard comes in at £8.99 a month while the Premium tier costs £11.99.
Australia: Netflix's trio of pricing plans cost as follows Down Under: the Basic tier costs $9.99 per month, Standard comes in at $13.99 a month and the 4K-friendly Premium tier costs $19.99.
Canada: Netflix's three tiers cost as follows in Canada: The Basic tier costs $9.99 per month, Standard costs $13.99, while the Premium tier costs $16.99.
There are a only a small number of countries around the world where Netflix isn't available these days, but should you find yourself somewhere like this, remember that you can always use a VPN to point yourself back to your Netflix service at home.
Just be mindful that watching the next episode of your favorite show could result in a potential run-in with the law of that land.
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5 shows every Too Hot To Handle fan should check out - and where to watch them
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Originally a spin-off of the Real Housewives franchise, the show has gone on to spend a decade on air in its own right. Opening the doors to the homes of the super-rich in California, it’s ideal reality fodder for anyone looking to live a lavish lifestyle vicariously through the prism of former child actors, heiresses and restaurant moguls.
- Watch In the US: Stream seasons 1-9 on Hulu - FREE trial available or buy seasons 1-10 from Amazon Prime Video.
- Watch in the UK: Buy seasons 1-7 from Amazon Prime Video or stream seasons 1-10 on Hayu.
Keeping Up With The Khardashians: A key program in the modern media landscape, over the course of its 13 years on air the Jenner-Khadashian family have become a byword for cosmetic empires and massive social media followings. A pure slice of guilty-pleasure reality TV, with added Kanye West For good measure.
- Watch in the US: Buy seasons 1-18 via Amazon Prime Video
- Watch in the UK: Stream all seasons on Hayu.
90 day Fiance: Following the story of several engaged couples that each have one non-American partner as they pursue a K-1 visa to bring their foreign other half to the United States, it's a show that regularly throws up the sort of through-the-fingers awkward viewing that reality fans thrive on.
- Watch in the US: Stream seasons 1-5 on Hulu - FREE trial available
- Watch in the UK: Stream all episodes via NowTV
Survivor: Putting groups of strangers together in an isolated location where they must provide food, fire, and shelter for themselves while also completing challenges, the show has managed to notch up an incredible 40 seasons. Its latest run - subtitled Winners at War - brought back 20 previous winners of the show to compete against each other.
It's a US-only show but remember any American nationals caught abroad can use a VPN to watch the services and shows they normally would at home.
- Watch in the US: Stream all seasons via CBS All Access
How to watch Too Hot To Handle from outside your country
Too Hot To Handle has been released at a time when people are desperate for something new to watch. If you're looking to get stuck in but find yourself stuck abroad in the lockdown in a country where Netflix isn't available, you might worry that you'll be unable to watch show using your normal streaming service, due to frustrating geo-blocking restrictions.
Fortunately, there's an easy solution. Downloading a VPN will allow you to watch Too Hot To Handle online no matter where you are, by changing your IP address to one in another location.
While there are hundreds of VPNs to choose from, we always recommend ExpressVPN. As well as being fast, simple, and straightforward to install, it's also compatible with a whole host of devices - Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS and Android to name some of the main ones.
Plus, ExpressVPN's flexible 30-day money back guarantee is difficult to argue with. Even better, you can purchase an annual plan for a 49% discount and 3 months extra FREE – a brilliant offer for an essential bit of software.
Once installed, select the location of your home country and simply click connect. You’ll then be able to easily watch Too Hot To Handle from pretty much anywhere in the world.
Can I watch Too Hot To Handle for free?
Yes and no.
In the truest sense, it's a negative, as you need a Netflix subscription to watch Too Hot To Handle and a Netflix subscription costs money.
However, if you want to see the glass as half-full, one of the best things about Netflix is that your subscription covers absolutely everything the streaming platform has to offer. From just $8.99/£5.99 a month, you get the whole lot - you're not going to find that some shows are included, while others still hold subscribers to ransom like some other unnamed rival services.
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