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Everyday, millions of us endlessly scroll through a dating app or two (or three), making snap judgements about the people who cross our phone screens, and deciding whether or not they could be a possible match.
But, does love come down to what someone looks like on the outside? Or, more importantly, can love ever be truly blind?
A new reality TV dating series on Netflix is attempting to answer that age-old question, albeit in the weirdest and most nightmare-inducing way. In Sexy Beasts, single individuals will be searching for their other half while disguised as animals, insects and fantasy characters.
“Sexy Beasts is a new dating show where real-life singles sport elaborate makeup and prosthetics to put true blind-date chemistry to the test,” tweeted Netflix on Wednesday, alongside a trailer for the series, which caused many on social media to ask “what the f–k” was going on.
In the first few seconds of the teaser, a woman dressed up as a panda — with a furry mask and a winter coat — tells her date she wants to “get married and have babies” before she’s 26, before abruptly asking: “Do you have health insurance?”
Individuals dressed up as a buffoon, dolphin, scarecrow, devil, praying mantis and more, are then shown on what the narrator of the series (comedian Rob Delaney) describes as the “strangest blind date ever.”
The singles ride roller coasters, sit at a bar, throw axes and even try their hand at skeet shooting, all in a bid to test whether or not they can “fall in love with someone based on personality alone?”
While one contestant agrees that personality is “everything” to him, the panda appears to doubt how successful a relationship borne out of a fever-dream-like situation can be, asking: “What if I pick you and I’m not what you expect underneath?”
As CNN reports, each episode of the series will feature a different single person, who will be presented with three potential love matches (who are all disguised of course).
Then, after getting to know one another, the single will choose their “sexy beast” — finally getting to see the person they’ve selected, without the garish makeup and prosthetics.
While the series is not a new concept, and is based on Lion TV’s original 2014 show for BBC Three, it is still a jarring idea to many people online. In fact, several people on Twitter online questioned whether or not they had imagined the Netflix show.
“Did I make this show up in my mind?” asked @megstalter.
Much more succinctly, @Goldfishwars tweeted “Am I on drugs?” — along with a screenshot from the trailer in which someone, dressed as a beaver, says “A– first, personality second.”
The streaming service has already ordered two seasons of the series, reported Variety on Tuesday, with the six-episode first season being released globally on July 21.