Behind The Scenes With 'Floor Is Lava' Star ... Lava: Saucy, Slimy, Super-Secret The premise of the Netflix game show may be simple, but the gurgling goop is not. The magma is the result of months of work by Hollywood's top slime manufacturers. Fun fact: It smells like bubble gum.

Saucy, Slimy, Super-Secret: Behind The Scenes With 'Floor Is Lava' Star ... Lava

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. So Rachel has been distracting me all morning, telling me that I have...

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

What?

GREENE: ...Got to see this new show on Netflix. If you have seen it, you probably already know the rules.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "FLOOR IS LAVA")

RUTLEDGE WOOD: There's only one rule to this game. Don't fall in because the floor is...

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: ...Lava.

GREENE: Right.

MARTIN: Woo.

GREENE: The show is "Floor Is Lava." It has become a phenomenon. And NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans says contestants have to cross this super complicated obstacle course.

ERIC DEGGANS, BYLINE: And they're in this room that's filled with 80,000 gallons of this bright red - I don't know - goop (laughter).

MARTIN: Yeah, the goop is key. We'll get to that in a minute. But let me explain here. The show is based on a game that kids play - you know, putting pillows on the floor and jumping on furniture because, David, you know, the floor is lava. The TV version just adds a healthy dose of competition.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "FLOOR IS LAVA")

WOOD: Make it from the entrance to the exit and your team earns a point. Fall in, and you're out.

UNIDENTIFIED CONTESTANT #1: Oh, oh.

UNIDENTIFIED CONTESTANT #2: Oh.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPLASH)

MARTIN: (Laughter) Oh, God. It's so good. The winning team gets cash and this awesome lava lamp, which is an homage to the real star of the show.

GREENE: And so that lava - it's just this cauldron of boiling goop. It's glowing. It's slippery.

ANTHONY CARBONE: The No. 1 important thing is what the hell is this lava?

GREENE: The showrunner, Anthony Carbone, is one of only a handful of people who really knows.

CARBONE: Everyone wants to know what's in Coca-Cola. Everyone wants to know what's in the KFC spices. We have our own secret sauce.

GREENE: He compares it to Panda Express orange chicken sauce.

MARTIN: Oh, delicious - co-creator Megan McGrath won't say how deep the lava is or even what temperature it is.

MEGAN MCGRATH: It's not hot enough to burn you. That's for sure.

MARTIN: Executive producer Irad Eyal says Hollywood slime-makers worked for months devising a safe concoction.

IRAD EYAL: It really was like a giant science experiment.

MARTIN: Making the slime glow wasn't easy.

GREENE: Technicians considered using glow powder, the stuff in glow-in-the-dark stickers.

EYAL: You could put that same kind of material into the slime. It turns out that in large doses, that stuff is very toxic.

GREENE: So Eyal says the team found another solution.

EYAL: It is a very special proprietary formula that we've developed over weeks and months, so we're keeping it under wraps.

MARTIN: One thing McGrath will confirm...

MCGRATH: You can eat it. I don't know that you would want to. But yes, you can. It is safe to ingest.

MARTIN: Not only is it safe to eat...

MCGRATH: Yeah, fun fact - lava smells like bubble gum. Who knew?

GREENE: OK, so not real lava - this is a crazy obstacle course over bubblegum-flavored lava. Is that right, Rachel?

MARTIN: Yes, that's right. And you and I - we're doing it. I'm signing us up. We would crush this.

GREENE: OK.

(SOUNDBITE OF EL TEN ELEVEN'S "PHENOMENAL PROBLEMS")

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