‘first episodes’

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Madam Antoine: Episode 1
by | January 26, 2016 | 95 Comments
The last of cable’s new weekend shows is JTBC’s quirky rom-com Madam Antoine, an opposites-attract comedy about a phony fortuneteller and a psychologist whose worlds collide. Though the first episode jumps through some hoops to force our two leads together, they make a pretty entertaining pair, matched point for point in intuition, fast-talking wit, and... More »

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Neighborhood Hero: Episode 1
by | January 24, 2016 | 121 Comments
There was a burst of new content on cable this weekend, and Neighborhood Hero (also called Local Hero) was OCN’s offering, marking the channel’s shift to the twice-a-week format. They’ve had a number of successes in the once-a-week action thriller format—that’s been their bread and butter—but are trying something new with this Saturday-Sunday scheduling. Off... More »

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Signal: Episode 1
by | January 23, 2016 | 100 Comments
Heart-pounding and intense, tvN’s newest crime thriller Signal pulls out all the stops in its premiere, and boy am I diggin’ it. An unexpected connection is made when a two-way radio links the past to the present, adding to the already eerie mystery that surrounds a cold case. When a dogged profiler pairs up with... More »

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One More Happy Ending: Episode 1
by | January 22, 2016 | 129 Comments
Get ready to laugh, because One More Happy Ending is bringing the funny in a big way. The setup and the characters are nothing new, but the execution alternates between hilarious and heart-melting, while the characters draw you in with their flaws and missteps. Love finds many different ways to beat you down, so when... More »

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Moorim School: Episode 1
by | January 13, 2016 | 155 Comments
Moorim School makes a very good first impression, with interesting characters and a mysterious school that promises a lot of secrets to be revealed. A touch of magic gives things a bit of flavor that should have viewers coming back for more, to see if it can fulfill the promise of a mystical and bizarre... More »

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Cheese in the Trap: Episode 1
by | January 4, 2016 | 204 Comments
Initial thoughts: I like it. I wasn’t sure I would, given the excessive buzz and weighty expectations, which always seemed to me to be overblown, although maybe that’s because I wasn’t part of the webtoon’s fervent fanbase. But given that it didn’t have multiple drama versions or anime seasons or a particularly long history (the... More »

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Youths Over Flowers in Iceland: Episode 1
by | January 3, 2016 | 72 Comments
girlfriday: Yay, the new season of Youths Over Flowers is here! javabeans: I’m excited because at this point I go into a Na PD show with full confidence that I’ll love it, which may let me down someday in the future, but so far has not led me astray. girlfriday: Yeah I always end up... More »

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Splish Splash Love: Episodes 1-2
by | December 24, 2015 | 268 Comments
Ohmygah, you’re just too darned cute not to recap. Why must you do this to me, Show? I waited till both episodes of MBC’s two-part drama special Splish Splash Love (Pongdang Pongdang Love) had aired so I could watch it all at once like a little movie, not really anticipating anything other than a light,... More »

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Remember—Son’s War: Episode 1
by | December 12, 2015 | 68 Comments
Remember—Son’s War is one of the many memory-related dramas as of late, but we’ve got a strong one in our midst. We piece together a fragmented memory of a murder alongside a son seeking justice for his father, whose memory continues to degenerate. The agency to find the truth is powerful, but truth is opaque.... More »

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Imaginary Cat: Episode 1
by | November 25, 2015 | 63 Comments
Charming, adorable, and sweet. If you were wondering if the newest webtoon adaptation Imaginary Cat would deliver the cute, you were absolutely right. It serves up a dollop of cute and a hefty serving of smiles in its first few minutes, which means it won’t take long for you to fall in love with the... 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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