What exactly is an “FBOY”? The slang term, shortened from the far more offensive, four letter word, is the driving force behind HBO Max’s wildly addictive FBOY Island. In short, an FBOY is a man who is willing to lie, cheat and manipulate to achieve what he wants. And what he wants, is sex. To an FBOY, it’s all a game; a challenge to achieve sexual conquest with total disregard for the feelings of his victims. So, how effective are the charms and chiseled abs of an FBOY? Can these three strong, intelligent women channel their inner Shania Twain to look an FBOY in the eyes and say “That don’t impress me much,” or will they fall for the façade?
FBOY Island Season 2 follows three beautiful, single ladies (Mia, Tamaris and Louise) as they search for love. A slew of men are dropped into their laps to fawn for their affections and fight for their hearts in paradise. Each week, the girls send a handful of the men home until the pool of potential partners is dwindled down. In the end, each lady chooses a single suitor to ride off into the sunset with. And they all live happily ever after, hopelessly in love, without regrets and splitting a one hundred thousand dollar prize.
Of course it’s not quite that simple; half of the men on the island are self proclaimed FBOYs, while half are nice guys; the ladies have no idea which is which. And that one hundred thousand dollar prize? If a lady chooses an FBOY, the FBOY has the power to take the entire sum for himself, or he may choose to split it with the woman who chooses him. Can the ladies see through the pickup lines, swagger and sculpted bodies of an FBOY to end up with a true ‘nice guy’? That’s the premise of FBOY Island. And if it sounds like trash TV, that’s because it is. But trash TV has never been so entertaining.
Comedian Nikki Glaser returns to host the reality competition. She once again proves perfect for the job. She uses her quick wit and incredible humor to poke fun at the absurdity of FBOY Island‘s premise, while also bringing a genuine perspective to the blossoming relationships. She acts as a ‘Jiminy Cricket’ of sorts, guiding the three women on their confusing and difficult journey to find love and money.
FBOY Island likely won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but there is no denying how fun this show is. I was hooked; I binged the entire season and instantly wanted more. FBOY Island channels into the core of what made reality TV so popular to begin with. It checks all of the boxes: Beautiful people, tropical location, competition, money and, of course, drama. This is a guilty pleasure that quite frankly, I don’t feel guilty about. 8/10