Whatever it was you had planned tonight, cancel it immediately, because I’m here to share with you the groundbreaking, earth-shattering news that the trashiest of trash TV is finally available in America. Yes, friends, the rumors are true; Love Island can be streamed in its entirety on Hulu. Finally! (Massive thanks to Overlord Kayleigh who shared this news with me today in Slack.)
Look, I know you’re excited about this so I’ve gone though the trouble of embedding our collective “I’m excited!!” song, here:
Oh, your excitement is not satiated yet? Fine, here’s another jam for you before we get down to the nitty gritty:
OK, for those of you who didn’t stop reading this immediately and instead are sitting there on your couch confused, I guess I need to explain to you what Love Island is, and why it’s so great that it’s finally available stateside.
First what you need to know is that the UK, in my expert opinion, has the best trash TV in the entire world. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss Hollyoaks, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Big Brother, The Circle, or any number of one-off trash Channel 4 documentaries since I left the UK in 2013 (I was lucky enough to catch The Circle when I was back there visiting friends last fall.) What makes the UK’s trash TV so much better than other countries’ is that the participants are always ready, willing, and able to act trashy, and the point of the programs are not to punch down at anyone. That’s key, and what makes the UK superior to other trash tv options. It’s basically a machine to entertain, and also, churn out personalities who can become talking heads on the myriad daytime programs and tabloids the UK has. This is the country that begat Shakespeare. Of COURSE they are going to be lightyears ahead of everyone else in their trash programming.
So Love Island is the holy grail of trash TV because it’s basically Bachelor in Paradise on steroids (and with a boob job.) The premise is a bunch of hot, single people are put together in an exotic locale (so, you know, less clothing) given a lot of booze, and encouraged to hook up and fight. That’s it, that’s the premise. Sure, it sounds like the Bachelor in Paradise (which is an incredibly dumb and boring show, by the by) but it’s so much more than that, because like I said, trash tv is an art in the UK, and the participants on this show know how to deliver the goods. Here are some clips:
The fighting is obviously shades of Rock of Love at its best, and I’m so happy to write that sentence out. I miss Rock of Love a lot. Coincidentally, Rock of Love is available on Hulu, too.
The fighting on this show is top notch.
Such a thing of beauty.
So here’s the deal. I need to catch up on the latest season of Love Island (I’ve not seen a single episode, yet) but trust and believe there will be more where this all came from. In the meantime, please join me in a binge marathon catch-up of all that we’ve been deprived of this gloriously trash show up until recently.
This newest season (currently airing in the UK) looks incredibly promising. This is one of the cast members’ intro videos, and YES! 26 and never had a boyfriend? She’s going to get into some hijinks, I can just tell.
Love Island looks to be the only balm that will be able to fill the Vanderpump Rules-shaped hole in my heart this summer. I’m so glad it’s finally here.
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