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New Netflix game show 'Flinch' divides viewers

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In Netflix's 'Flinch' contestants are electrocuted if they react to scary situations. Some viewers are comparing the show to watching torture.

Posted: May 7, 2019 11:40 PM
Updated: May 7, 2019 11:40 PM

Torture or competitive fun?

That appears to be the debate surrounding the new Netflix series, "Flinch."

According to the streaming giant, "'Flinch' is a new all action comedy game show with one simple rule: do not flinch."

"The show is set on a remote farm in the hills of Ireland where brave and foolish contestants gather to test their nerve against three fiendish games," a description of the show reads. "If they flinch, there are painful consequences both for them, and for our hosts, who have each chosen a player to represent them in the games."

Not everyone has been on board for it.

"Hey @netflix My husband and I just watched the trailer of "Flinch" and you just lost two subscribers," one person tweeted. "I am not supporting "torture as entertainment"- what a repulsive concept- with my dollars. TOTAL FAIL."

But some people found it to be entertaining, with one person tweeting it's like a "cute Fear Factor," a reference to a former NBC reality series later revived by MTV in which contestants competed in extreme situations including eating live bugs.

Some likened it to another Netflix series, the sc-fi series "Black Mirror" which has included storylines about torture.

CNN has reached out to Netflix for comment.

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