‘first episodes’

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Twenty Again: Episode 1
by | August 28, 2015 | 121 Comments
It’s a promising beginning for Twenty Again, which starts off by putting our heroine in some sad places but does so with a nice touch of humor—she may feel sad, but the show maintains a lightness and sense of comedy that promises a more buoyant future. I like this approach, because I don’t want to... More »

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Yong-pal: Episode 1
by | August 6, 2015 | 123 Comments
Meet Yong-pal, just your average doc who treats the wealthy by day and the dregs of life by night. He’s the guy everyone in and out of the hospital turns to in their most desperate time of need, and you can rest assured that he’s got everyone else’s surgical record beat. If you should ever... More »

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Mrs. Cop: Episode 1
by | August 6, 2015 | 31 Comments
Mrs. Cop comes out of the gate hard and fast, with great, relatable characters and a compelling conflict for the heroine to tackle: What’s more important, your career or your family? You’d think it’s an easy decision, except when your career involves protecting the families of your fellow man. It’s hard to prioritize a dance... More »

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Last: Episode 1
by | August 1, 2015 | 24 Comments
Last breaks in fast and stylish — not the story of a man falling into ruin, but almost a classic underdog tale. Because he’s at the bottom, the only way he can go is up, right? It’s a reassuring safety net, because while it’s fun to be at the edge of your seat, it’s also... More »

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Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 1
by | July 8, 2015 | 142 Comments
It’s an intense first episode, with not a moment wasted—this is an hour jam-packed with action, plot, and emotion. My biggest worry heading into Scholar Who Walks the Night was that it would be a cheesy kind of vampire-fantasy, because vamps (and monsters and ghouls) are tricky that way: Well-handled, they can be the stuff... More »

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Oh My Ghostess: Episode 1
by | July 3, 2015 | 90 Comments
Ha! The first episode of Oh My Ghostess is mostly setup, and since a lot of the setup was previously provided to us in the promo rounds, you could say there aren’t too many narrative surprises. But the first episode still pulls out a quirky, interesting mix of humor and introspectiveness, with characters who stir... More »

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The Time I’ve Loved You: Episode 1
by | June 29, 2015 | 157 Comments
Sweet, funny, and inescapably charming, The Time I’ve Loved You premiered this last weekend on SBS, rounding out a pretty insane viewing schedule for those two days, considering the relative scarcity on the weekday drama circuit. Featuring two longtime friends who seem content to be just that and nothing more (for now, or maybe forever),... More »

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I Remember You: Episode 1
by | June 24, 2015 | 156 Comments
In its first installment, I Remember You briefly sets up our investigative team but delves deeply into the intriguing backstory of our profiler. I can see glimpses of the past characters Seo In-gook has played, yet he portrays a different kind of genius, a different delivery of comedy while exuding his characteristic charisma. Despite all... More »

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Hidden Identity: Episode 1
by | June 18, 2015 | 77 Comments
Hidden Identity is slick, well-produced, impeccably acted, and delivers lots of action and angst in its premiere episode. Our hero is your typical disillusioned cop who’s lost someone he cares about, but there’s enough mystery in his backstory to make me wonder if I’ve got him pegged all wrong. The setup is compelling, and I’m... More »

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High Society: Episode 1
by | June 10, 2015 | 143 Comments
Welcome to the world of the privileged, where lavish homes and premium food are just the tip of the iceberg. SBS’s High Society introduces us to the chaebol’s daughter who keeps her wealthy background a secret whilst trying to find true happiness, and the man who wants to climb the social ladder and get a... More »

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Mask: Episodes 1-2
by | May 30, 2015 | 99 Comments
SBS’s Mask is off to a strong start, with an assured sense of style, a brisk plot, and another top-notch performance from Su Ae as an ordinary woman who suddenly gets the chance to live a chaebol life. (Not to mention a second performance as the woman whose chaebol life she supplants.) There are a... More »