You've heard of The Masked Singer. Are you ready for The Masked… Dater? That's the basic premise behind the Netflix's new dating series Sexy Beasts, which dropped its first trailer today. Set to premiere on the streaming service on July 21, Sexy Beasts features lovelorn men and women going on blind dates while wearing elaborate prosthetics — ranging from a panda mask to a devil mask — that obscure any glimpse of their actual appearance. "I kiss this girl, and I don't know what she looks like," says one such confused contestant. (Watch the trailer above.)
As stated in the minute-and-a-half long teaser, the reason for the masks is to test out a very specific question: "Could you fall in love with someone based on personality alone?" That query naturally inspires a range of responses from contestants. For example, while a praying mantis-masked man insists "Personality for me is everything," another guy in beaver make-up offers up this less-enlightened take: "Ass first, personality second."
It's worth noting that Netflix didn't dream up this demented idea: Sexy Beasts started its life in 2014 as a British reality series that only lasted a single season. (That version is currently streaming in the U.S. on Tubi.) Equally short-lived German and South Korean versions of the show followed in 2015.
Based on the Twitter reaction, the Netflix's adaptation may have more staying power. The Sexy Beasts trailer instantly went viral as soon as it hit social media, with thousands of baffled viewers delightedly promising to watch the heck out of it.
Look…I'mma watch every episode of #SexyBeasts… 😂 https://t.co/1gHgFrUNH4
— Lyra Hale 🏳️🌈✍️🇵🇷 (@TheAltSource) June 23, 2021
Ok…so…I don't watch #TheBachelor or #TheBachelorette
But….THIS is something that i will give a try
Hope they include #LGBTQ [email protected]#SexyBeastshttps://t.co/jRV4EKeIjU
— and the livin's easy (@madamyez) June 23, 2021
sexy beasts looks absolutely horrific, I will definitely be tuning in
— alyssa (@profelyss) June 23, 2021
Sexy Beasts is exactly what non-furries think furries are into.
— DoctorTomato (@DoctorTomato1) June 23, 2021
I truly would love to know the Netflix algorithm that led to Sexy Beasts getting greenlit. Like is there a huge subset of people who alternate binge watching "Love is Blind" and 80s body horror movies? pic.twitter.com/DjLQquW4RN
— Will Mavity (@mavericksmovies) June 23, 2021
Am I on drugs pic.twitter.com/W0yjxu8WTn
— Sibley The Best (@Goldfishwars) June 23, 2021
What the f*ck! This is the stuff of nightmares #SexyBeastshttps://t.co/ugx5Iacn8apic.twitter.com/eoZuYs68gX
— chris kane (@chriskane0) June 23, 2021
And some people don't just want to watch Sexy Beasts — they want to be a sexy beast themselves. The "Which animal would you be?" posts were hot and heavy.
I’m gonna on sexy beasts wearing a cicadas mask
— Mutemor Cuevas (@mutemor) June 23, 2021
What would your Sexy Beasts look be if you were on the show? Mine would be a pelican.
— DD (@d4ri3nD) June 23, 2021
Gonna be a minotaur on Sexy Beasts and never take the prosthetics off.
— Callum Keene (@bkyfriend) June 23, 2021
Dolphin to save a woman from the inevitable "yknow dolphins are very sexual creatures" comments
— 🍑lew, fruity business 🌾🌿 (@peachstea) June 23, 2021
I’d definitely go on Sexy Beasts as a contestant or dater. I’d dress up as an Elephant real quick!
— Jed Pry (@JedGeek) June 23, 2021
Sexy Beasts premieres July 21 on Netflix
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