Now that we’ve got On Air out of the way, getting us back on the Kdrama review train, how about we watch one I actually like? I know, what a novel concept! If you’ve been a reader of the blog, I was one of those people who eagerly awaited Answer Me 1997 to come out. The idea of it just caught my attention. A show featuring a bunch of kids in their last year of high school in 1997? Hey, I graduated high school in 1997! (Don’t judge me or count backwards.) The idea made the show instantly relatable.
And luckily, Answer Me 1997 did not disappoint. Now, I don’t fanatically love this drama as much as others do out there, but it was a lot of fun to watch. I love the accents (This is actually what bonded Miss Nelly and I together, chatting about the accents while I was watching.) The show was bright and fresh. As it’s a cable network, they took chances with the storytelling format, jumping around in time within the present and the past, and from past to past. And I absolutely need to give a shoutout to the chance they took by having a gay main character and sub-plot. What a heartbreaking love triangle that was.
Answer me 1997 always kept us on our toes, not only with it’s style, but with the question: just who did Shi Won marry?
I’ll tell you right now–I was NEVER rooting for the brother. Not ever.
I can’t wait to rewatch this as I need a good kdrama watch and I’m really hoping this holds up.
Answer Me 1997 (also known as Reply 1997) ran for 16 episodes on TvN from 7/24/2012-9/18/2012. The drama was nominated and won several of the big end of the year awards, for screenplay, OST, best actor, and best actress.
As for ratings, in terms of a cable drama, Answer Me 1997 raked in huge, almost never seen before numbers. It was a sleeper hit, starting slow until word of mouth kept the drama ratings and reviews ever higher.
iis a 2012 South Korean television series that centers on the lives of six friends in Busan, as the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they’re getting married. The coming-of-age drama also examines the extreme fan culture that emerged in the 1990s when first generation idol groups such as H.O.T. and Sechs Kies took center stage and K-pop was just blossoming.
Teaser (it’s weirdly cut off at the bottom which is odd since it comes directly from the official souce.)