Answer Me 1997
tvN, 2012, 16 episodes

Korean title: 응답하라 1997, Alternate title: Reply 1997

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.

‘Answer Me 1997’


Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 5-6
by | August 11, 2012 | 155 Comments
This show really knows how to take your heart through the wringer, but in the best way. It conveys that perfect smallness of adolescence, when that new pair of jeans or that one moment with your crush is your entire all-consuming world… But then life comes around once in a while to burst that bubble,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Answer Me 1997 draws praise and strong ratings
by | August 3, 2012 | 52 Comments
Looks like cable station tvN has another hit on its hands, with its nostalgic comedic drama Answer Me 1997 causing a buzz from the moment it hit airwaves. The ratings are doing well, and in fact the rebroadcasts are outperforming the initial ones as word of mouth grows and attracts more attention to the charming,... More »


Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 3-4
by | August 2, 2012 | 150 Comments
I luff this show. So much. It’s rare to meet a high school drama that genuinely makes me go, Yes, that’s what it was like! This series isn’t afraid to let its characters feel every ounce of embarrassment, insecurity, and earnest joy—the honest, lovely, and sometimes ugly truth about what it’s like to be eighteen.... More »


Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 1-2
by | July 26, 2012 | 152 Comments
This show is so adorable. It’s perfectly nostalgic, all about looking back on being eighteen with all its attendant highs and lows. It’s like a cross between Freaks and Geeks (though less broad) and My So-Called Life (though less angsty), set to the soundtrack of my adolescence, 90s kpop. A note about format: The show... More »


Drama Casting & News
Character introductions for Answer Me 1997
by | July 24, 2012 | 94 Comments
Awwww yeah. If there ever was a drama made for my generation, this is it. Throwback 90s drama Answer Me 1997 premieres today on tvN, and judging from the long preview, this one’s going to be near and dear to my heart. I mean, a heroine who’s obsessed with H.O.T.? Teenage Me is doing a... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Answer to 1997 starts filming, adds to cast
by | May 28, 2012 | 35 Comments
Has the forever choding graduated to high school? Our first still from the set of upcoming tvN sitcom Answer to 1997 shows Eun Ji-won (1 Night 2 Days) back to his 90s self, dressed in a high school uniform and pouting for the camera. He tweeted the picture from the set, calling himself Eun Goding,... More »