‘first episodes’

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The Man Living in Our House: Episode 1
by | October 25, 2016 | 101 Comments
“Twisted family tree” webtoon adaptation The Man Living in Our House is here, and the first episode of the sunny comedy is a pretty entertaining watch, mostly due to Su Ae’s endearing charm. What I like is that we get through the setup in the first hour, clearing the way for all the cohabitation hijinks... More »

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1% of Anything: Episode 1
by | October 7, 2016 | 76 Comments
The remake of 2003’s sleeper rom-com 1% of Anything premiered this week, and it’s a funny, breezy watch. The female lead is spunky and lovable, and the male lead is rich and cranky. It’s a classic romantic comedy offering an enemies-to-lovers plot along with a contract relationship and thus, some forced bonding. It may not... More »

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Woman With a Suitcase: Episode 1
by | September 28, 2016 | 41 Comments
Woman With a Suitcase promises to tackle some difficult questions with the story of its heroine, an accomplished paralegal who considers herself successful, but one whose confidence camouflages her weaknesses. Though she’s worked hard to build a reputation for herself, an encounter with a prospective client challenges her to evaluate what success means—is it about... More »

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The K2: Episode 1
by | September 24, 2016 | 324 Comments
Damn, tvN’s newest bodyguard-action drama The K2 promised us lots of action, and boy did it deliver. Bloody and brutal, the intensity hardly lets up in the opening hour from the first punch to the finishing blow. Just when we get a moment to catch a breath, the acting commands our attention once more. Each... More »

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On the Way to the Airport: Episode 1
by | September 24, 2016 | 90 Comments
On the Way to the Airport has been promoting a “natural and warm” atmosphere throughout its teasers so far, so I was curious to see whether the pilot (har) would hold up to that claim—after all, there’s a dangerously fine line between “natural and warm” and “boring.” Thankfully, with Airport’s assured directing, veteran actors, and... More »

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Shopping King Louis: Episode 1
by | September 22, 2016 | 153 Comments
Shopping King Louis makes a great case for itself right out of the gate, with wonderful, rich characters, and a zany story setup that’s pretty out there, but leaves you wanting more. We’re given just enough of the wacky plot to whet our appetites, while the show lets the characters shine, pulling us in and... More »

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Fantastic: Episode 1
by | September 7, 2016 | 51 Comments
JTBC’s new rom-com gives us a peek into the world behind-the-scenes of dramas as it portrays the struggles of a drama writer and the famous-but-untalented actor who seems destined to be a part her life, whether she likes it or not (right now, it’s safe to say “not”). Perhaps “rom-com” isn’t the right word for... More »

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Drinking Solo: Episode 1
by | September 5, 2016 | 41 Comments
Drinking Solo, the latest drama from one of the PDs of the Let’s Eat series, seems poised to continue in its predecessors’ footsteps when it comes to heart, connections, and appreciation of the finer things in life. A charming heroine and an arrogant hero clash in every way possible, never realizing that when it comes... More »

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo: Episode 1
by | August 29, 2016 | 403 Comments
Today saw the premiere of a new Monday-Tuesday drama, SBS’s much-anticipated Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, which is another entry into the ranks of the 100 percent pre-produced dramas. (That’s also a mouthful of a title, so we can call it simply Moon Lovers from here on out.) With the pre-produced dramas performing erratically (Descended... More »

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Jealousy Incarnate: Episode 1
by | August 26, 2016 | 110 Comments
The green-eyed monster rears its ugly head in SBS’s new romantic comedy Jealousy Incarnate. Light, funny, with interesting characters (so many characters!) and a cute premise, the show makes a pretty good first impression. There’s even a little mystery to pique your interest, and one of the prettiest love triangles you’ll ever see.... More »