also known as "Answer Me 1988"
Unless otherwise noted, what's below was written by me (Sandra Dodd), in various places in a discussion of Korean Dramas. The stars will get you back there if you're a part of that group (and will get me back there, so sorry if they only work for special people).
Genie Maples had written:
Finally finished 1988 this week and loved every freaking minute of it. Up there with Misaeng on my absolute favorites list. Very near flawless. January 31, 2016
I had a harder time liking it at first, but Genie's love for it kept me going, and I was very glad.
I rarely say "Trust me," but if you like Korean drama at all, trust me; this one is special.
My "reviews" (without spoilers):
Finished Answer Me 1988.
Didn't even realize until halfway through that the episodes are 90 minutes long (or more, it seemed, sometimes). I just thought I was taking forever to watch it, but I think it's 30+ hours of a 20-episode series. By halfway through I saw why I had been impatient, and also why I should not have been. This story has no cliffs. No cliffhangers. In a way, no main characters—because it's about the relationships and thoughts and histories (and as it unfolds, the futures) of nearly 20 people. Good people. Interesting people.
The last episode is about parenting, and families, and control vs acceptance, and aging, and peace. I think everyone will love the last ten episodes. Some of you might be lucky and love it from the beginning, as Genie Maples did. Maybe with this reassurance, it will be more likely.
Maybe you'll be impatient for action or details like I was. Don't be like I was. :-)
It doesn't need to be watched quickly. They'll wait for you. :-) They're very nice people.
The older discussion of it is here: **
I learned lots—my favorite thing to do—about culture, and there's something I thought was going to be a mystery, introduced very late, last few episodes. I sat up straight and thought "too late for a mystery!" But it was only mysterious for people outside of that culture. It's a law, based on Chinese law, from hundreds of years, and I had no idea. I'll put in a buried spoiler note for people who don't mind spoilers or who don't even think they'll watch the show, maybe. And it's been changed anyway, but in the 1980's and 90's, not yet.
SPOILER wikipedia page on a Korean law
. . . . . . . . . . .
Sorry. I forgot if you put an image or a link, it doesn't stay at the bottom of the spoiler, but it pops up.
[in the facebook group I couldn't link it without an image, but on this page I can:] Article 809 of the Korean Civil Code
Late 2016, re-watching it, I wrote:
That show really does have a big cast—Reply 1988 does. Five main teens, four other siblings, so nine kids, seven adults, who are all near neighbors. And all of them get to do and be cool things.
Some of the peripheral characters are nice people, too. Or interesting. :-) Or fun.
If you have watched it, or while you're watching it, you might need help. Dramabeans has these recaps, which are harder to find without accidentally seeing spoilers if you don't have a neutral list to work from. :-)
They call it Answer Me 1988
My page of Korean Drama notes