I have a new obsession.
(And if you’re friends with me on Facebook, you probably already know what I’m talking about.)
It is a Korean drama called 응답하라 1997, or Answer Me 1997.
As the title suggests, the show revolves around a group of friends who graduated high school in 1997. The story unfolds through a series of flashbacks as they attend their 15-year reunion — and with the majority of the 16-part series taking place during the last decade of the 20th century, you can’t help but be taken back by the numerous 90s references.
If you are a Korean in your early 30s, you are sure to love this drama as much as I do.
You would also fall hard if you’re familiar with 90s KPop at all. (And I still maintain that the 90s remain the golden age of Korean music) 😀
Heck, you don’t even have to be Korean or know any KPop to enjoy the show! Memories of Tamagotchis, Super Nintendo, and Guess shirts are sure to strike a chord with many people reading this blog, and the sweet and funny storyline is simply addictive.
I’ve even gotten J obsessed with the show, and he laughs harder than I do!
Don’t know Korean? English subtitles are available on Hulu, and other languages on Viki.
I knew that I had reached the height of my obsession when I looked up all 100+ songs that play on the show — the majority of them 90s KPop — and compiled them in a playlist which I have been listening to non-stop. (Luckily, I had most of the songs in my MP3 collection…and the rest weren’t hard to find online.)
Go check out the first episode — I guarantee you’ll get sucked in too!
Awesome, I’m curious about this because that’s the year I graduated high school!
Oh wow, that’s when I graduated. It’s bizarre to think I’m now retro enough for shows to be made about it.
I’m on episode 15 and this is one of the best kdramas I have watched so far. Brings back a lot of memories. 90s were some of the best years of my life!
Can you recommend some KPop that a curious newbie can listen to/download? 🙂
OH my.. totally obsessed now. LOVE the show, especially since I was a major H.O.T fan as well. Ah, memories~
thank you for the recommendation, I watched it because of this post and was instantly drawn in.