"Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light" follows a story familiar to anyone who knows Japanese TV dramas. A son and father grow distant, so the young man thinks up a convoluted plan to bond with pops. In this case, the plan involves him secretly playing online video game "Final Fantasy XIV" with his Dad, which explains the show's somewhat awkward title.
The program originally aired on TBS earlier this year, but came to streaming service Netflix shortly after. However, when it appeared on the U.S. version of the platform this month, it attracted surprising praise from overseas.
"'Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light' is better than it has any right to be," wrote gaming site Polygon, while men's lifestyle publication GQ declared, "I can't stop watching Netflix's goofy new 'Final Fantasy' soap opera."