Without a doubt, one of the most energetic and unique TV shows worth bingeing right now is Netflix's game show Floor Is Lava. The hilarious (and constantly wet) series brought a larger-than-life twist to the childhood game, and audiences have definitely been invested in watching the contestants struggle through each of the rooms. Floor Is Lava has been among Netflix's Top 10 TV shows pretty much since its June 19 release, so there's no questioning its popularity. But will it get renewed for Season 2?
Season 2 isn't official yet, but my guess is that Netflix's execs are merely waiting for the proper moment to drop the announcement that Floor Is Lava will return for new episodes at some point in the future. Even though the renewal hasn't happened, that doesn't mean creators and executive producers Irad Eyal and Megan McGrath don't have tons of ideas for what they could do with a second season. CinemaBlend recently spoke to the duo, and when I asked if they would consider making any kid-friendly courses in the future, McGrath revealed that's just one idea they have in mind. In her words:
Yeah, I mean, we would love to do a kid version. We would love to do a redemption round for the people who lost this time. All-Stars. Yeah, we would love to make more in any capacity. I've been getting a ton of videos and pictures of kids all across the world playing in their own homes, so I think we really struck a nerve with family programming. And yeah, kids are begging to play, so we'd love to make it happen for them.
Considering Floor Is Lava first existed as a game based largely on children's imaginations, it only seems proper that the Netflix series would appeal to younger viewers. And since kids love living vicariously through other kids where game shows are involved, I have to imagine that many thousands of households temporarily turned into Floor Is Lava stages as families watched through the first season's ten episodes. (It was definitely the case in my house, anyway.)
All that said, Irad Eyal offered up an amusing reason why the design team might have their work cut out for them if and when the producers decide to introduce rooms geared for younger contestants. Here's how he put it:
There's one risk of doing it with kids, though, which is that they are just too springy, jumpy, flexible. In some ways, I worry that it might be too easy. You might have to make the course much harder for kids.
I mean, it's not like they aren't already thinking about ways to make the courses more difficult for future competitors anyway. That's part of what the Round 2 cycle of episodes was about, in the way the designers changed up certain elements from each course if they were deemed to make things too easy.
The first season of Floor Is Lava showcased five different rooms that were all put together inside of an old Ikea building, including a basement, a planetarium and a bedroom. (That spinning bed had some real Exorcist vibes, no?) When I asked Irad Eyar and Megan McGrath if there were any ideas that were conceived that didn't work out, Eyar replied that was absolutely the case, saying:
Yeah, there was tons of stuff. The challenge team and the design teams and the stem teams came up with a lot of different ideas. And we came up with a lot of different rooms, that elements were built and tested, and for all kinds of reasons, they didn't make it into this season. But we have a lot of ideas for all the other rooms that players can explore in the future if we get another season.
It doesn't sound like anybody would be working directly from scratch, either. As Irad Eyar put it, the various teams currently have quite a few pieces of equipment stockpiled and ready to go if Netflix orders up Season 2.
There's a warehouse out there somewhere in the world that's like the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I think it's actually just north of Los Angeles. But there's actually in the warehouse that's holding a bunch of these props that sort of didn't make it into a room this time, and we're hoping we can sort of unlock that and open up those crates and bring them back.
I have to imagine that it was an extremely fun process to conceive the rooms and the various challenges that kept audiences entertained throughout Season 1. It would almost be hard to stop once that process started. At some point, everything you look at becomes a potential idea for a Floor Is Lava course, from grocery stores to playgrounds to the post office. (Note: it's not viewed as proper behavior to try and scale a wall of people's P.O. boxes.) I can only hope for Season 2 to come around and bring all their other ideas to life.
For anyone who wants to know the best thing to do to try and make Floor Is Lava Season 2 happen, here's some key advice from Megan McGrath:
I think the main thing to let people know is: if they want more, and if they want a chance to try out, please, please, please watch the whole series, all 10 episodes. That's how Netflix will know that you like it, and you want it to come back. And we would love to make more.
You heard her, everyone! The best way to let Netflix know you want more Floor Is Lava is to make sure you're watching it. Go ahead and put it on even when no one is in the room. Put it on your phone while you're driving to work or while you're sleeping. The power is yours.
All ten episodes of Floor Is Lava Season 1 are currently available for streaming on Netflix, so be sure to check them out. For those in need of more to watch on the streaming giant in the near future, check out our 2020 Netflix schedule, while our Summer 2020 TV premiere guide will clue you in on a wider selection of upcoming programming.