Netflix’s groundbreaking same-sex dating show makes history before UK launch

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Netflix is making history with its latest dating show, The Boyfriend, for the best reason.

From Love Island to Married At First Sight and Naked Attraction, audiences seemingly cannot get enough of watching people try to find a romantic spark.

With the genre existing since 1965, it’s shocking that it was only last year that the UK got their first same-sex dating show, I Kissed A Boy, which was followed up with I Kissed A Girl.

Now, Japan is continuing with the important representation in The Boyfriend, which sees men try to find their perfect match in unusual circumstances, and it will be the country’s first (of many, hopefully) same-sex reality romance series.

The programme will follow nine young men who will spend a summer trying to forge connections while living together in a seaside abode, called the Green Room.

‘This long vacation is a special time entirely dedicated to love and friendship, but when fall arrives, who will have met their one and only boyfriend,’ the synopsis teases.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the groundbreaking TV show…

The dating show is making history (Picture: Netflix)

I Kissed a Boy aired on BBC last year (Picture: BBC)

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What is the concept of The Boyfriend?

The Boyfriend’s concept is based on Japan’s most popular show in the genre, Terrace House. Basically, if you’ve watched a Hallmark Christmas film and wished that you could also quit your city job to run a small business in a small town, then you’ll soon get to experience what it’s like to see strangers live your dream.

During the ten episodes, the men will be working together at a coffee truck in Tateyama, a city in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. They will be serving hot beverages, cooking dinner together, and will be occasionally treated to dates outside of their home while experiencing the highs and lows of first love and heartbreak.

The cast will live and work together (Picture: Netflix)

‘As their time together grows, so do the connections they forge, as the men express themselves and their feelings for each other in bold and brave new ways,’ the description promises.

While friendships are a narrative focus, it naturally took a new direction for many of the contributors.

‘We started out wanting to highlight the young men’s friendships and personalities,’ recalled executive producer Dai Ota.

‘The men express themselves and their feelings for each other in bold and brave new ways’ (Picture: Netflix)

‘Our focus wasn’t just on romance but also on spending time together and experiencing personal growth.’

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Source:: Metro


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