(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Terrace House

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Three men and three women from different walks of life move into a plush minimalist house together in Japan. Sometimes they date, sometimes they flirt, mostly they eat delicious-looking meals.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: While we’ve been stuck inside our houses, a strange urge has taken over — the urge to see other people’s houses and apartments, to virtually visit the whimsically-decorated mansion of the celebrity. No? Just me? Maybe it’s the isolation, or the fact that I’m getting sick of looking at the same undecorated walls of my apartment from day to day, but my inner voyeur has started to kick in and nothing has given me greater joy than to watch other, more beautiful people, doing nothing inside their well-decorated minimalist apartments. While there’s a whole subgenre of those kind of soothing, ASMR-style videos on YouTube, one Japanese reality show on Netflix already delivers on all that and more: Terrace House.

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best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

The best foreign movies and TV streaming now are a grab-bag of movies and TV from all over the globe. Well, two continents, to be specific. But vastly different genres and levels of prestige. From French anti-war masterpieces, to the nicest reality show on TV, to trashy Spanish teen soaps, this week’s Pop Culture Imports column offers you a little of everything.

Fire up those subtitles, and let’s get streaming.

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pop culture imports

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)

It’s nearly the end of March and spring is in full bloom. Or at least, it’s supposed to be. Four days into spring, and the northeast has already been ravaged by a massive snowstorm, cancelling flights and closing down governments. So when you have an unexpected March snow day, what are you to do? Watch some foreign-language movies of course! Because I know the one thing you want to do during a snowstorm is read some subtitles.

This month, we have the return of a soothing Japanese reality show, a wintry Swedish family drama, a bonkers samurai bloodbath, an inspiring Indian athletic documentary, and one of the best new Netflix original animes yet. Tuck in for some of the best foreign-language TV shows and movies streaming now.

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