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Ep. 8 'Passive Boys'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Jul 12, 2019

Ep. 8 'Passive Boys'

I'm just going to say it: Episode 8 of "Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020" is the best episode of "Friends" that never made it to air. High jinks, misunderstandings, dating woes — it had everything. The show starts out typical enough. Kaori and Shohei are on ...

Ep. 5 'Reiwa!!'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Jun 21, 2019

Ep. 5 'Reiwa!!'

Previously on "Terrace House": Risako takes a drastic — some may even say desperate — step of winning the charming Ruka over by flat out telling him to "date me," in what has been one of the show's more exciting proclamations of romantic intent. ...

Ep. 3 'Dreamed of Her'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Jun 4, 2019

Ep. 3 'Dreamed of Her'

Good things come to those who wait and, after patiently waiting through two episodes, I finally got to see what I show up to "Terrace House" for every week: roommates going on dates. After initially laughing at his idea, Risako headed out with Ruka to ...

Ep. 1 'We're Back in Tokyo'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Jun 4, 2019

Ep. 1 'We're Back in Tokyo'

Konbanwa! It has been a long time coming but the international popularity of Netflix's "Terrace House" can no longer be denied. The show is a hit, and we're still reeling from the Karuizawa-based "Opening New Doors" season and all of the drama that ensued ...

'Terrace House' returns to Tokyo

TV | Wide Angle May 16, 2019

'Terrace House' returns to Tokyo

Netflix is ramping up its production of original Japanese content, including anime and live-action dramas, to please both domestic and overseas subscribers. But arguably its most important export is "Terrace House," the reality show that films three men and three women living together under ...