Best TV Shows to Watch on Netflix: Midnight Diner

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Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories is a great Japanese TV show on Netflix. If you had the chance to watch Samurai Gourmet already, it is a similar type of show. Both shows are based around food, and they use food as a vehicle to explore different parts of character’s lives and backgrounds.

I really enjoyed this show because it was really satisfying to watch them cook all of the different dishes at the diner; each episode has a main dish that represents something in a character’s life.

Unlike other TV shows though, Midnight Diner episodes are not really connected to each other; other than the main character (the owner of the diner), and a couple of other supporting characters, there is a new cast each episode. Each storyline is different, but I found them all to be really interesting and of a similar level.

Overall, there are two seasons of 10 episodes each, and each episode is 25 minutes or so. I think this is a show that you can watch one episode a day for a month or so, and it will continue to grow on you over time. It is definitely a super easy to watch, relaxing show, and I would highly recommend it if you are a foodie or just someone who loves Japanese culture.

Midnight Diner Recommendation Rating: 4.5

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


4 responses to “Best TV Shows to Watch on Netflix: Midnight Diner”

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