A new Japanese Netflix show is becoming a reality-TV hit despite having bland visuals and lacking drama elements. Netflix series “Terrace House” places six young strangers in one house as they go about their daily lives.
According to Adweek, residents are only being provided with shelter and some Toyota cars for transportation. Furthermore, the house guests are given lots of freedom since they can still go about their daily lives at school or at work. In fact, the guests can even choose to leave the reality show, in which they just get replaced with another young stranger.
Some might wonder how the show’s austerity came to be regarded as a worldwide sensation. According to NBC , the success of this Netflix show lies in its “good-natured” and wholesome appeal.
Even with the show’s seemingly bland and unoriginal premise, it somehow manages to captivate its audiences with its sheer lack of action. Though there may be instances where conflict in the house is inevitable, housemates often resolve these issues over calm conversations.
The stark difference between Asian and Western culture gives viewers a fresh take on reality television. After all, the approach of the Asian cast-mates in dealing with each other is a complete turnaround from what westerners are used to seeing.
While some might see the show as merely voyeurism, others see it as a means to unwind and relax after a stressful day. The new Japanese Netflix show appeals to audiences who enjoy watching the simplicity of everyday life without the fabricated drama.
This reality-TV show serves as a reprieve from all the conflict-oriented and drama-filled programs that western television often features. With that said, Terrace House is a perfect example of how reality-TV can work without having as much drama and conflict like shows such as “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”