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.

The Cast of Answer Me 1997:

‘Answer Me 1997’

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 »

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 | 216 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 | 166 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 »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Answer Me 1997’s cast to host SNL Korea
by | September 12, 2012 | 43 Comments
This show’s on fire, isn’t it? I would’ve bet on tvN’s Answer Me 1997 being a cult hit with a fervent small fanbase, but it’s turning into a bona fide mainstream hit. Its leads Jung Eun-ji and Seo In-gook were recent guests on Go Hyun-jung’s talk program GoShow, and now the cast will be hosting... More »

Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 13-14
by | September 8, 2012 | 238 Comments
I was sad about leaving the ’90s behind, but thankfully all it takes is one long-overdue encounter to bring every tumultuous teenage emotion back to the surface, rendering the six years spent growing up and growing apart… totally moot. It’s the pair of episodes where our characters find that they might not be as grown... More »

Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 11-12
by | September 2, 2012 | 195 Comments
As high school ends, it’s time to grow up… and say goodbye. Why do I feel like Mom and Dad, not ready to let these characters grow up and leave the nest? As everyone faces the big changes ahead, we take one step closer to Shi-won’s self-discovery, and perhaps even discovering the one who’s in... More »

Drama Casting & News
Jung Eun-ji and Seo In-gook sing duet for 1997 OST
by | August 28, 2012 | 83 Comments
*Happy dance* What a nice treat for fans of tvN’s hit drama Answer Me 1997 — leads Jung Eun-ji and Seo In-gook are doing a 2-part mini OST for the show, called [Love Story]. The ’90s-set drama doesn’t have an original soundtrack of its own since a huge aspect of the show’s mood is set... More »

Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 9-10
by | August 26, 2012 | 185 Comments
We get some twists and turns this week, as confessions come tumbling out, setting us down some unexpected paths. We get to meet Mom and Dad as teenagers, which is maybe my favorite thing about these episodes, Yoon-jae continues to be afflicted with adolescentia foot-in-mouth-itis, and Joon-hee continues to make my heart bleed. The question... More »

Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 7-8
by | August 19, 2012 | 157 Comments
Boys. How do they make you swoon and sigh in equal measure? I’ve never met a drama with this many love triangles where none of the legs drives me crazy, but there you have it. I love them all. This pair of episodes highlights the two brothers in turn, who are great characters on their... More »

How would you rate this episode?

5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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