‘Love Island’ Is Coming to America. Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

I cannot tell you whether you should watch “Love Island.”

That is a decision TV viewers must make for themselves, weighing the many hours they will lose against the colorful new vocabulary they will gain (no one wants to get “pied,” even if they’re a “melt.”) In Britain, at least, millions of viewers have already given in to the temptation of the bizarre reality dating show, which is currently airing its fifth season. (All five seasons are available on Hulu.)

Now, CBS is betting that audiences in the United States will do the same: Beginning Tuesday, episodes of an American “Love Island” will air every weeknight until the August 7 finale, offering viewers the salacious highlights of the couples’ dalliances in a tropical villa.

Unlike the American dating shows that promise a path to the altar, there is a lot of partner swapping on “Love Island.” The group of singles spends the summer paired together as couples, and the show manipulates this simple formula to produce genuinely startling twists and turns: New contestants are brought in, the public votes to send uncoupled contestants on dates, people break up and then have to continue living in the same house.

The British version is hosted by Caroline Flack, but the tone is set by its snarky voice-over narrator, the comedian Iain Stirling, who mocks the contestants, the show and himself. For the U.S. series, the comedian and Vine star Arielle Vandenberg will serve as host, and the narrator has not been announced.

For those curious about this stateside incarnation, here’s a primer on the original “Love Island.”

The “island” is really the luxury villa in which the contestants are trapped — sorry, living — for the summer, which also happens to be on an island. The U.S. villa is on Fiji, the British and Australian setups take place on the Spanish island of Majorca. (Versions of “Love Island” have also aired in countries across continental Europe, including Denmark, Germany and Finland.)

The villa has everything you need for a monthlong holiday with strangers: a pool, numerous day beds, a hot tub, outdoor kitchen, communal bedroom and lots of string lights. “Islanders” are only allowed outside of the villa for dates and challenges — more on those later — so most of the time they’re at the mercy of the villa’s many, many cameras.

The show’s producers also communicate with islanders via text messages on closed circuit cellphones, announcing evictions and new arrivals with cheeky hashtags. (Contestants’ phones are taken away and they are denied access to the internet, leaving them disconnected from the world beyond the villa.)

Since it’s the height of summer, everyone wears swimwear every day and then gets very dressed up every night to drink and make merry. The production aesthetic is “aspirational Instagram story,” and there is a lot of slow-motion.

They also all appear to be straight, which is typical — since it debuted in 2015, “Love Island” has been organized almost exclusively along the battle lines of heterosexuality. There has only been one same-sex couple on the British show: Bisexual contestants Katie Salmon and Sophie Gradon were briefly coupled up in Season 2.

Each week there is a ceremonial “re-coupling,” in which either the men or the women stand in a line in front of the fire pit. The islanders of the opposite gender then stand up one by one and say “The boy (or girl) I would like to couple up with is … ” Whoever doesn’t get chosen has to leave the villa.

Increasingly, minor British celebrities or celebrity-adjacent singles find their way onto the island. (A different British dating show called “Celebrity Love Island” debuted in 2005, but it only lasted two seasons.) A Miss Great Britain winner competed in the second season, a former teen pop star was a fan favorite in the third. The actor Danny Dyer’s daughter, Dani, actually won the fourth season.

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