Television’s most refreshingly wholesome reality show is coming to an end tonight, after causing viewers to openly sob every Tuesday in recent weeks.
Season 2 of ABC’s Old People’s Home for 4-Year-Olds has been tugging at the heart strings since early April, with viewers flocking to Twitter to sing its praises and vent their feelings over the moving scenes.
The series has also added an intriguing twist to the reality TV landscape in recent months, beating out both Big Brother and MasterChef in ratings.
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The allure of loveable seniors and adorable kids has certainly proven strong, with the season two premiere of the show the second highest rated non-news/current affairs show of the night in Australia when it premiered on Tuesday, 6 April, second only to Married At First Sight on Nine.
Late last month, it went on to beat out Big Brother on Seven (881,000 nationally) and Ten’s struggling MasterChef Australia (790,000) with 888,000.
But the proof is in the outpouring of emotion on Twitter it brings each week, with one viewer describing it as “a big warm hug”:
Tissues please . Talking about the day to day fear in our elders and equally in our children. The hidden realities behind age and its impact . Taking the focus off our fears when we are connecting and caring for others #oldpeopleshomeau thanks for your honesty Diane . @ABCTV
— Costa Georgiadis (@CostasGarden) April 27, 2021
From cracking up laughing at the whoopee cushion high jinks to silently sobbing at the impact that George and Seth’s friendship has had on each of them. Lifelong lessons in connection, respect and perspective. Oh how I love this show. #oldpeopleshomeAU
— Brianna Casey (@briannacasey1) April 27, 2021
Does anyone else feel like #OldPeoplesHomeAU is the most feel-good TV of the week? Possibly the year? Makes my heart sing ❤️
— Leith Marshall (@LeithMarshall) April 27, 2021
The award-winning series was originally created for Channel 4 in the UK, where it has been a huge hit across two seasons.
In the first season, Australia met 11 residents of a retirement village and 10 preschoolers who were brought together for daily activities, with an aim to see if uniting young and old could improve the health and happiness of older adults.
This season took the reverse approach, with a new group of older Australians, many of whom are widowed and spend their days alone in a retirement home, joining a bunch of bubbly 4 year olds in a purpose-built pre-school.
The experiment has been a triumph, with some even calling for it to be rolled out across the entire country given the impact it’s had on the elderly participants.
Narrated by Annabel Crabb, season 2 of the intergenerational experiment comes to an end tonight with big fan of the show Costa Georgiadis dropping by for a visit.
Costa is the host of ABC’s Gardening Australia and a regular character on children’s show Get Grubby TV.
You can watch the final episode of Old People’s Home For 4 Year Old’s at 8:30pm tonight on ABC and ABC iview.
Originally published as Show that’s leaving Aussies sobbing