The people have spoken and they want to see the peen.
That’s pretty impressive for a seven-year-old British reality show that was added to Max with zero fanfare on Sept. 20. Media coverage and online chatter surged following a The Music news story over the weekend pointing out that the controversial series had been added to the service. Max’s Top 10 is based on the number of unique accounts viewing relatively recently added content (so legacy titles like The Sopranos are not included). The show’s official ratings from Nielsen won’t be available for weeks.
The dating series features singles who judge and eliminate nude prospective dates. The show features close-up, full-frontal nudity, and plenty of graphic discussion, though no sex is shown.
Social media has been surprisingly positive regarding the series, with many pointing out there’s something refreshing about a show that presents and praises ordinary bodies in an age of image idealization.
On Monday, ABC’s The View co-host Sunny Hostin said, “I’m embarrassed to admit, [my husband Emmanuel] and I got so obsessed with this show we binged it yesterday … and I learned things I have never heard of in my life. It was one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever seen.”
Yet the show has has received some conservative commentator criticism. “Delightful,” snarked Ben Shapiro. “This is the natural outcome of a hedonistic society where the only thing that matters is the sex instinct.” While the Parents Television Council called it “pornographic … a new low” and demanded the show be removed from the service.
Max hasn’t commented regarding the series. The show, hosted by Anna Richardson, debuted in 2016 and has aired six seasons, with a seventh currently airing in the U.K. on Channel 4.