Netflix's new "torture" game show Flinch is dividing viewers
8 May 2019, 17:21
Flinch, a new game show where contestants have to avoid flinching or face consequences, has some viewers calling the programme "televised torture".
Netflix has plenty of thrillers and edge of your seat reality shows that will have you feeling nervous for its contestants. The platform's latest reality programme, Flinch, officially has viewers conflicted over some of the wild and over the top challenges featured.
If you haven't seen Flinch yet, the premise is simple. On a remote farm in Ireland, contestants participate in a series of physical tasks. These tasks often require the contestants to endure loud sounds, live animals, and horrible smells. The key is, contestants absolutely cannot flinch or else they'll face a consequence.
On Flinch, the consequences might range from something fairly tame to, well, electrocution.
the rules of our new game show Flinch are simple: If you flinch, you get electrocuted. pic.twitter.com/2xdk338yQ5— Netflix US (@netflix) May 3, 2019
Though somewhat reminiscent of shows like Fear Factor, viewers are divided over whether Flinch is actually good, just "televised torture" or all of the above.
It's already been hilariously compared to Saw.
The new game show Flinch is like if Family Double Dare and the Movie Saw #Netflix and chilled. #TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/0SxUMIelOk— Are You Still Snacking? (@StillSnacking) May 7, 2019
Netflix's new show Flinch is just a comedic twist on Saw! #Netflix— Erin (@Erin58723157) May 7, 2019
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And, it's been called "televised torture".
Watching this show "Flinch" on Netflix and its basically televised torture— Rohan Mahashabde (@romash1) May 4, 2019
that "flinch" show on netflix makes me really uncomfortable because now my subscription money is funding the concept of human torture as entertainment 😶— Corgillini🍝@CFz (@StrangeWoof) May 7, 2019
Some people straight up hate it.
holy shit Flinch on Netflix is maybe the stupidest, most mean-spirited and yet somehow completely unfunny trash ever devised, to the point of being kinda depressing— Snyder Cut Socialist (@HellaNarez) May 7, 2019
Just so we are clear....— ER Grumpy Pants (@grumpynurse74) May 8, 2019
Flinch on Netflix is probably the dumbest fucking show I have ever seen.
While others are finding Flinch rather entertaining.
Watch “Flinch” on Netflix y’all shit is hilarious lol— Julieta (@chuuulet) May 6, 2019
I laugh the whole day on Flinch @NetflixDE @netflix serial! It‘s awesome ! I love it!— Ervin Tracks (@EHerskovics) May 5, 2019
Fans of the show are already wondering how to get onto season 2 of Flinch, assuming there is one. Anyone worried about the safety of Flinch's contestants need not fret. Netflix issues a warning at the start of each episode that assures viewers that stunts are "overseen by professionals."