Answer Me 1997 Korean Drama
Answer Me 1997
Korean title: 응답하라 1997
Alternate title: Reply 1997
tvN, 16 episodes
July 24, 2012 – September 18, 2012

A throwback youth drama that became a pop-culture sensation, set back in 1997 when kpop and dramas were at the height of their first wave in popularity. Breakout roles for virtual unknowns Jung Eun-ji and Seo In-gook, who play best friends struggling with new feelings of attraction. It's everything you loved and hated about being a teenager in mortifying and heartwarming detail, told with a sharp sense of humor and just the right tinge of nostalgia.

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‘Answer Me 1997’


Drama Reactions & Reviews
2012 Editors’ Picks [Year in Review, Part 6]
by | December 28, 2012 | 320 Comments
Annnnnnnd another year comes to a close. Big thanks to our recap minions HeadsNo2, gummimochi, and kaedejun for sharing their reviews with us and joining the spirited discussion for the Editors’ Picks this year. There wasn’t even any hair-pulling, and only one person lost an eye! It’s been a great year for K-dramas and an... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Dramaland: The gift that keeps on giving [Year in Review, Part 5]
by | December 24, 2012 | 142 Comments
If there’s anything that Santa has taught me over the years (other than a musical mnemonic about single-malt scotches), it’s that Christmas is a time of giving. Dramaland gives us so much throughout the year, that I thought it was finally time for me to stop being a grinch and give back, out of the... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
A Variety of Flavors in 2012 [Year in Review, Part 3]
by | December 15, 2012 | 133 Comments
Looking at the buffet table of 2012, I’m left in awe at the vast array of possible selections before me. The sheer number of choices is growing every year and I feel like I have to taste-test the premiere and make a quick decision of whether to keep digging in or move on. Sometimes you... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Life Lessons from a Mixed Bag of Dramas [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 11, 2012 | 148 Comments
2012 was certainly a mixed bag: I saw plenty of action dramas and then I saw fluffy dramas that made no sense. There were dramas I loved, dramas that I liked enough, and then dramas that I hated. It was a tough year for me, and I felt I had bad luck in choosing which... More »


Drama Casting & News
KBS tries to recreate Answer Me’s success in new variety drama
by | December 10, 2012 | 40 Comments
I know what y’all are thinking: What the heck is a “variety drama”? To be honest I’m not sure I understand it either, but that could be because it’s one of those terms people started using ’cause it sounded good, not because it made sense. And dramaland sure understands that concept, doesn’t it? Thanks to... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
2012: Something for everyone? [Year in Review, Part 1]
by | December 8, 2012 | 263 Comments
Review extravaganza time! I know: Already? It feels like just the other day I was killing myself to corral all my thoughts in coherent fashion in a monster review of 2011’s dramas, and already it’s time to lose sleep wrangling my thoughts together for 2012. Time sure flies when you’re having fun, or old. Guess... More »


Drama Casting & News
Answer Me looks to 1994 for a sequel
by | November 18, 2012 | 68 Comments
When you’ve posted the highest drama ratings for a cable show, it makes sense for sequel talk to ensue, as tvN is doing with its surprise smash hit of the year, Answer Me, 1997. The show snuck up on everyone but built on strong word of mouth, breaking 6% ratings (and hitting real-time highs close... More »


Podcasts
Dramabeans Podcast #14, Part 1
by | October 7, 2012 | 118 Comments
We’re a bit overdue for a podcast, which means that this one’s super long. In our defense, there was a ton of ground to cover. And yeah, so maybe we just had a lot to say about Gaksital. I was SO determined to make this podcast fit into one reasonably-lengthed entry… but who was I... More »


Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episode 16 (Final)
by | September 21, 2012 | 224 Comments
It’s the end of the road for our journey back in time to the ’90s, and the goodbye is bittersweet. We get rewarded with some answers and even some new surprises, as we close the chapter on first loves and find out how everyone grew up—along with, in spite of, and because of them. The... More »


Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episode 15
by | September 14, 2012 | 167 Comments
Fallout time. Now that everyone knows everything (thanks Truth Chair), it’s time to face the music. The love triangle finally comes to a head in this episode, and though it’s not my favorite plot thread, this show does what it does so well. It subverts expectation and stabs me in the heart, over what else,... More »