‘Terrace House’ Is Netflix’s Most Therapeutic Show About Nothing
We’ve been social distancing for a while now and we’re definitely starting to feel the affects. We’re also willing to bet you’re like us and probably run out of shows to watch. Fear not … we’re here to help! Netflix’s Terrace House is the most addictive and underrated show about …. nothing.
Terrace House is a Japanese reality show that’s been around for a few years and has a cult following. It’s wildly popular in Japan and now has a major fanbase in the U.S. due to its major Real World vibes. However, unlike The Real World, Terrace House is much more wholesome and much more civilized.
The concept of the show is simple — put six strangers in a fancy house and just watch them live their lives! There’s really nothing more to it, but somehow you become sucked into their worlds.
There’s no script or rules to follow, but you’ll still become obsessed with watching them interact with each other! The ages of the houseguests range from teens to early 30s. Some find romance and others find meaningful friendships. No matter what happens during their stay, they’ll all learn a little more about themselves by the time they leave.
What makes Terrace House so interesting is how self aware the houseguests are. The seasons are so long they’re eventually able to watch themselves on TV while still living in the house. This gives them the opportunity to see how they are portrayed — for better or worse. It’s fascinating to watch them react to the public’s perception of them, and what they do about it.
Living As A Young Adult In Japan
TH is a great watch for young adults everywhere. It puts a spotlight on how life is not ‘cookie cutter’. Although they may be close in age, they are in different stages in life. Seeing a group of people with varied backgrounds puts you at ease if you feel pressured in your own life.
Some of them struggle with balancing school and work, and others deal with the stress of having a career. No matter what they’re dealing with, they come home to each other and talk it through and offer each other useful advice.
I found the most pleasure in watching simple daily life in Japan when the crew goes out on dates or just hangs out for fun. Even basic tasks like going to the grocery store seems oddly satisfying to watch — especially given the situation we’re in.
The most recent series, Terrace House: Tokyo just had Part 3 release on Netflix but given the coronavirus situation, the future is unknown. Rumors say production will be suspended, and the show was originally intended to continue throughout the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Now that the games are postponed, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.
So if you’re bored and in need of a new show to binge, Netflix has four seasons available to watch right now. Each take place in a different city around the world and features entirely new and revolving casts. Since each season is so long, you’ll definitely have enough episodes to get you through quarantine. Hopefully.