‘first episodes’

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The Liar and His Lover: Episode 1
by | March 23, 2017 | 43 Comments
I asked for cute and fresh, and cute and fresh I surely got. tvN’s new musical rom-com The Liar and His Lover (literal title: She Loves Lies Too Much) premiered this week, and though the setup may come across as a bit juvenile, this lying music composer and his loving singer already have me hooked.... More »

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Radiant Office: Episode 1
by | March 16, 2017 | 54 Comments
Radiant Office starts off exactly as I’d hoped, with equal parts humor and heart, and engaging characters that I fell in love with right from the beginning. It’s all about hope versus despair, and whether a disappointing life is even worth living. What starts out as the worst day ever for three strangers could very... More »

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Perfect Wife: Episode 1
by | February 28, 2017 | 43 Comments
KBS’s new drama, Perfect Wife, gets right down to business in its first minute by sweeping us into the life of our heroine and her family, all while taking us on a twisty ride that looks to be quite the mystery. All is not as it seems in Jae-bok’s world, and as everything gets turned... More »

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Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 1
by | February 25, 2017 | 203 Comments
JTBC’s new Friday-Saturday drama Strong Woman Do Bong-soon premiered this week, and it seems that many people wanted to see Park Bo-young take on bad guys and deliver justice, because it achieved an impressive 3.8% viewership for its first episode. The episode does run slightly long, but I enjoyed every little morsel, and by the... More »

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Tomorrow With You: Episode 1
by | February 4, 2017 | 137 Comments
Who knew that traveling through time could be as convenient as hopping on a subway? tvN’s newest time travel drama Tomorrow With You introduces us to a fantasy world and a hero who knows what the future holds for him and one mysterious woman he’s somehow linked to. Getting to know a girl won’t be... More »

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Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People: Episode 1
by | January 31, 2017 | 86 Comments
An epic iteration of our classic hero begins! The tale of Hong Gil-dong never gets old, and Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People is the most recent proof that this story endures the test of time and multiple adaptations. It seems that this timeless story was timed perfectly in our current context of unrest, and... More »

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Saimdang, Light’s Diary: Episode 1
by | January 28, 2017 | 106 Comments
Lee Young-ae’s highly anticipated comeback drama, Saimdang, Light’s Diary premiered today as a double header. We spend most of the episode in the present timeline navigating the cutthroat world of academic art history, but slowly the mystery of Saimdang comes to the forefront, and we begin to see the nexus where past meets present, and... More »

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Chief Kim: Episode 1
by | January 27, 2017 | 37 Comments
If you’ve been waiting for a wacky hero with a questionable moral compass, then look no further. The first outing of Chief Kim sets the stage for bigger things to come, but for now, it introduces the audience to a hero who believes everything is corrupt and for the taking. Think of it as Robin... More »

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Defendant: Episode 1
by | January 25, 2017 | 54 Comments
Defendant promises to be a gripping drama as it introduces complex characters and situations right off the bat. Ji Sung is riveting as a prosecutor who suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the prison bars, and Eom Ki-joon is not to be missed playing dual roles. This episode takes viewers from cute to... More »

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Missing 9: Episode 1
by | January 19, 2017 | 98 Comments
Missing 9 wastes no time dropping us right into the action, and I have to say, I was gripped from the very first moment. The cinematography is fantastic, and the music underscores and informs the action perfectly without being distracting. The characters are compelling and sympathetic, and the story is as heartbreaking as it is... More »