Park Hye-soo, Park Eun-bin, Han Ye-ri, Han Seung-yeon, Ryu Hwa-young
The title says it all! JTBC’s critically acclaimed sleeper hit drama Age of Youth, which snuck in under the radar last year with little buzz and then proceeded to win all of the hearts with its low-key, humorous coming-of-age story, has confirmed a Season 2. The producers are busy talking with the cast to bring back everyone from the first season, which will be pivotal, because the unlikely friendships that sprung up between the five incredibly different housemates was a huge part of the show’s charm. (I’m sure I could come to accept a new face or two in the mix, but I’d definitely miss the original cast.)
Those leads are: Han Ye-ri as the eldest housemate, a fourth-year university student who was eternally hardworking and taciturn; Park Eun-bin as the boy-crazy and bubbly roommate who acted as the social glue of the house; Ryu Hwa-young as the saucy, materialistic sugar baby with no life ambitions who finally figured out how to stand on her own two feet; Han Seung-yeon as the chipper roommie with terrible taste in piece-of-crap boyfriends; and Park Hye-soo as the frustratingly shy freshman who learned to speak up and found the most adorkable, doting boyfriend ever.
The drama was buoyed by a refreshing, breezy vibe with a hint of eeriness woven in. I found it almost aggressively low-key, if that’s a thing; it often felt meandering, plot-wise, and I wasn’t always sure where it was going, but the characters grew to be so appealing that I watched for the enjoyment of watching more than a driving need to know what was coming next. It did have a clear arc (albeit a loose, general one) from start to finish, but because the storytelling style was so understated and slice-of-life, there was definitely room left after Season 1 for more exploration, following the episodic adventures and foibles of the girls living in the Belle Epoque house.
As the icing on the cake another reason I’m excited for a Season 2 (other than the obvious) is that Age of Youth is written by one of my favorite writers, Park Yeon-seon, and she usually takes yeaaaaars between projects; it’ll be a treat to have her back at work so quickly after her last project.
Season 2’s synopsis has not yet been released, but producers are aiming for a broadcast in the latter half of the year.
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