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Hot Ones
Created byChris Schonberger
StarringSean Evans
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons24
No. of episodes332 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Sean Evans
  • Sarah Honda
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseMarch 12, 2015 (2015-03-12) –

Hot Ones is an American YouTube talk show, created by Chris Schonberger, hosted by Sean Evans and produced by First We Feast and Complex Media.[1] Its basic premise involves celebrities being interviewed by Evans over a platter of increasingly spicy chicken wings. Several spin-offs have been produced, including the game show Hot Ones: The Game Show on the cable television network TruTV, and Truth or Dab, a truth or dare style competition that also airs on the First We Feast YouTube channel.

As of April 2024, the show has produced twenty-three seasons (with three seasons per calendar year since 2018). Most seasons produce between 10 and 16 episodes, though prior to 2018 there were longer seasons consisting of more episodes; approximately 40 episodes air per year. Each season features a different line-up of hot sauces, though certain sauces remain from year-to-year, including three self-produced sauces, "Hot Ones – The Classic" in spot 1, "Hot Ones – Los Calientes" in either spot 4 or 5, and "Hot Ones – The Last Dab" as the final sauce. Since Season 2, "Da' Bomb Beyond Insanity" has occupied spot 8. Guests who do not complete the gauntlet of hot sauces are placed in the "Hall of Shame" or, beginning in Season 17, the "Wall-Most Made it."

The show has been nominated for several awards, winning two Streamy Awards and its host, Sean Evans, has been nominated for Daytime Emmy Award. In 2022, Hot Ones received a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment. The show has been noted for its deep-probing questions, often digging up material from a celebrity's background not often discussed on other interview shows, with Hollywood Insider calling it "the hottest celebrity interview right now" in 2021.[2]


The format involves Evans and his celebrity guests eating ten chicken wings (or a vegetarian/vegan alternative based on the guest's preference), each prepared with a progressively hotter hot sauce. Evans states the show's tagline at the beginning of each episode: "The show with hot questions, and even hotter wings."

The first sauce presented is relatively mild such as sriracha, which has a rating of 2,200 Scoville units. The final sauce (as of season 4), Hot Ones' own The Last Dab (The Last Dab Reduxx starting in season 6, The Last Dab XXX starting in Season 10, The Last Dab Apollo starting in season 13, and The Last Dab Xperience starting in season 22), has a Scoville rating of 2,000,000+.[3] As per "tradition", the guests are encouraged to put a minuscule extra amount of The Last Dab on the final wing; they are told this is not required, but most guests opt to do so even when already struggling with the heat of the previous wings.

After each wing, Evans asks his guest an interview question. As the wings get hotter, the questions often become more challenging,[further explanation needed] and the guest typically begins to display the effects of eating the spicier wings and the interview becomes less focused on the guest and more so the struggle to finish the wings. The guests are also provided glasses of water and milk as well as ice cream to counteract the effect of the wings.

The standard show is Evans and one guest eating ten wings each, but in some episodes where there are two guests (such as the episodes featuring Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele and Hila & Ethan Klein from h3h3Productions), only five wings are given to each guest. Guests are allowed to promote their upcoming projects. Guests who fail to finish all ten wings are added to the show's Hall of Shame.


The show was created by First We Feast Founder Christopher Schonberger. Schonberger cites Alexa Chung's quirky interview show Popworld as the inspiration for the show.[4] The show is hosted by Sean Evans.

On September 26, 2017, First We Feast featured an episode of Sean in the Wild, using sauces from Hot Ones, starring Sean Evans and Michael Stevens from Vsauce.[5]

The nineteenth episode of the fourth season featuring Mario Batali was originally released on November 23, 2017 and was removed a month later possibly in light of the sexual misconduct allegations towards him.[6][7]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
18March 12, 2015 (2015-03-12)October 22, 2015 (2015-10-22)
240December 10, 2015 (2015-12-10)December 22, 2016 (2016-12-22)
324January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19)June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29)
424July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20)December 28, 2017 (2017-12-28)
516January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)May 3, 2018 (2018-05-03)
613June 7, 2018 (2018-06-07)September 6, 2018 (2018-09-06)
712October 4, 2018 (2018-10-04)December 20, 2018 (2018-12-20)
812January 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)April 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)
912 + 1 bonusMay 30, 2019 (2019-05-30)September 5, 2019 (2019-09-05)
1012September 19, 2019 (2019-09-19)December 5, 2019 (2019-12-05)
119January 18, 2020 (2020-01-18)April 9, 2020 (2020-04-09)
1210June 25, 2020 (2020-06-25)August 27, 2020 (2020-08-27)
1311October 1, 2020 (2020-10-01)December 10, 2020 (2020-12-10)
1412January 28, 2021 (2021-01-28)April 15, 2021 (2021-04-15)
1512May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)August 12, 2021 (2021-08-12)
1614September 23, 2021 (2021-09-23)December 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)
1712January 20, 2022 (2022-01-20)April 7, 2022 (2022-04-07)
1812May 26, 2022 (2022-05-26)August 11, 2022 (2022-08-11)
1912September 29, 2022 (2022-09-29)December 22, 2022 (2022-12-22)
2012January 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)April 13, 2023 (2023-04-13)
2112May 25, 2023 (2023-05-25)August 10, 2023 (2023-08-10)
2212September 21, 2023 (2023-09-21)December 7, 2023 (2023-12-07)
2312 + 1 bonusJanuary 25, 2024 (2024-01-25)April 18, 2024 (2024-04-18)
24TBAMay 23, 2024 (2024-05-23)TBA

Hot Ones: The Game Show[edit]

On February 18, 2020, a spin-off titled Hot Ones: The Game Show premiered on truTV. Hosted by Evans, the series pits two pairs of players against one another for a chance to win up to $25,000. The main game is played in three rounds, using wings that have been cooked in hot sauces whose Scoville ratings increase from one round to the next. Players are not provided with any water or milk to reduce the effects of the wings but are given buckets in which to vomit if necessary.

In each of the first two rounds, the players begin by eating one wing apiece and the host asks three toss-up questions open to all. The first team to buzz in has five seconds to respond; a correct answer awards them money, while a miss gives it to the opposing team. Questions are worth $100/$200/$300 in the first round, and these values double to $200/$400/$600 for the second.

In the third round, the players begin by eating one bite of a wing. The host reads a series of clues, and players may buzz in at any time to identify the subject being described. Three puzzles are played, worth $1,000/$2,000/$3,000; the team that scores on each puzzle must then take another bite. In this round, if a team misses, the opponents must give the correct answer in order to score. Both teams keep their accumulated winnings.

The higher-scoring team advances to the "Ring of Fire" bonus round, in which each member must drink a shot of mixed hot sauce at the outset that includes a sauce with a Scoville rating of 2 million. One member is then shown a series of words and must get their partner to guess each one by describing it. The clue-giver may pass on a word at any time. If the team can solve five words in 60 seconds, their winnings are increased to $25,000 and they are given large milkshakes to relieve the effects of the sauce and wings they have eaten.

Hot Ones Hot Pockets[edit]

In August 2023, food brand Hot Pockets announced that it was teaming up with Hot Ones to release four varieties of Hot Pockets with the Hot Ones brand. Three of these products are sold wherever Hot Pockets are available, while one is exclusively sold through Gopuff.[8]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 Streamy Award Best Food Series Hot Ones Nominated [9]
2018 Shorty Awards Best Web Series Won [10]
Streamy Award Non-Fiction Series Won [11]
2019 Streamy Award Show of the Year Nominated [12]
Pop Culture Won [12]
2021 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host Sean Evans Nominated [13]
2022 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hot Ones Nominated [14]


  1. ^ "Inside Hot Ones, the wildly popular and violently spicy YouTube show". 31 October 2019.
  2. ^ Schneider, Caroline (1 April 2021). "'Hot Ones' Is The Hottest Celebrity Interview Right Now – Here's Why". Hollywood Insider. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  3. ^ Roberts, Scott (2012-06-07). "Scoville Scale – The Official Scott Roberts Website". Scott Roberts Web. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Don (2018-03-27). "Celebs Will Say Anything if You Blast Them With Hot Sauce". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  5. ^ First We Feast (2017-09-26), Vsauce and Sean Evans Test Spicy Food Remedies | Sean in the Wild, retrieved 2019-05-11
  6. ^ "Watch Mario Batali Take on the Hot Ones Challenge". Firstwefeast. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations". Eater. Irene Plagianos and Kitty Greenwald. 11 December 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Burros, Sam (August 30, 2023). "Hot Pockets Teams Up with 'Hot Ones' to Release the 'Hottest Pockets Ever'". People. Retrieved June 14, 2024.
  9. ^ "7th Annual Nominees".
  10. ^ "The 10th Annual Shorty Awards Winners". shortyawards.com. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Brown, Kelsey (23 October 2018). "Winners Announced for the 8th Annual Streamy Awards". Streamy Awards. Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "9th Annual Streamy Nominees".
  13. ^ "Nominees Announced For The CBS Broadcast Of The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards". The Emmys. May 25, 2021. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  14. ^ Coates, Tyler (May 5, 2022). "Daytime Emmys: 'The Young and the Restless' Leads 2022 Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 8, 2022.

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