Was the Hype House Show That Bad?

The “Hype House” show got a ton of backlash, but how bad was it really?

Left to right: (Top) Vinnie Hacker, Kouvr Annon, Lil Huddy, Thomas Petrou. (Bottom) Larray, Alex Warren, Nikita Dragun


Left to right: (Top) Vinnie Hacker, Kouvr Annon, Lil Huddy, Thomas Petrou. (Bottom) Larray, Alex Warren, Nikita Dragun

Matlyn McShane, Columnist

The Hype House is one of the most popular groups on social media, having members such as the D’Amelio sisters, Addison Rae, and Lil Huddy. It started in December 2019, formed by Thomas Petrou, and gained popularity quickly. The Hype House was easily one of the most recognizable groups on TikTok, and the group’s main account has nearly 20 million followers as of February 2022. All of their personal accounts added up have about 100 million followers.

Though the most famous people of the Hype House left, Netflix made a reality TV show centered around the Hype House and what goes on behind the camera. In “Hype House,” viewers get a glimpse of what it’s like to be famous and have responsibilities, and what it’s like to live with content creators. Lots of issues arise with the people of the Hype House.

Petrou, Lil Huddy (Chase Hudson), Alex Warren, Vinnie Hacker, Nikita Dragun, and Larray are some of the celebrities that the show focuses on. Warren and his girlfriend, Kouvr Annon, are going through a rough patch in their relationship. Annon is having trouble differentiating what’s real or fake in their relationship and doesn’t know if Warren only puts on an act for the camera.

In the first episode, the viewers learn that Lil Huddy has recently moved out of the Hype House, and into his own mansion in Downtown LA to focus on music. Petrou is frustrated with him because he’s not posting any videos on the Hype House’s TikTok account, yet Petrou is still paying Lil Huddy’s bills. Chase claims it’s because he’s busy and too focused on music to post on TikTok.

Throughout the show, people are frustrated with Hacker because he’s hardly ever posting TikToks. Hacker says that he’s picked up streaming and playing “Valorant,” so he doesn’t find any time to post. There are even times in the show where he’ll come out of his room for the first time all day just to go to the kitchen and say “I just hate everyone right now.”

Some situations in the show are rather petty, such as Larray and Mia Hayward (Petrou’s girlfriend) getting into an argument when everyone was supposed to be on vacation. Another example is Warren trying to make literally everything into content. They were on vacation to get everybody out and socializing with one another, but Warren just wanted to go to get some content for his YouTube page. The people in the Hype House aren’t doing their brand deals, which Petrou claims to be their only source of money.

Some situations and the way people react to them are valid though, because they’re tough situations to deal with. Petrou is frustrated because he feels like he’s the only one that cares about the Hype House, and he feels like all the work and pressure of keeping it in order is falling onto him. In reality, he was one of the only people doing things for the Hype House. Everyone else was too focused on their own things to help.

I personally have never been fond of TikTokers, because I thought all they did was dance in front of a camera and that’s what made them millions of dollars. And while that is half true, there’s a lot more that goes into it. While the show makes problems unnecessarily petty, some things that the people talked about were relatable. It was also interesting to see what life as a TikToker is like, since most people don’t get to see what goes on behind the screen.