Arguably the most loved of the Reply/Answer Me series that broke TvN records, this drama was one of the most talked about K-dramas both domestically and globally. It might sound like I'm exaggerating, but I'm really not - Answer Me 1988's ratings have only recently been broken by Goblin. In other words, this drama is on the same playing field as Goblin which was epic in every sense. Not only did Answer Me 1988 create quite a storm, but introduced everyone to Park Bo Gum and Ryu Jun Yeol.
So how does a drama with the simplest of formats end up dominating? I actually don't know what it is about Answer Me 1988 that had everyone including myself hooked, even trying to explain the premise to someone is difficult. It's essentially about families who live in the same neighbourhood during the late 80s when the Olympics came to Seoul, but there's so much depth and emotion in every single one of the narratives that once you pile them all up, you can't help but think that you've been given something precious.
Okay...so maybe I love this drama like it's my own child, but don't take my word for it because it's fame and popularity speak for itself. It'll make you laugh, cry, and send shivers down your spine because the script is so well written; it truly does feel like your intruding into someone else's life. In essence, the drama was realistic and at it's core, I think that's what had audiences intrigued.
The series has also produced some of the most memorable drama characters ever. From the odd Duk Sun to the sensitive and gentle Jung Hwan and Park Bo Gum's Taek, Answer Me 1988 will make you fall in love with a range of characters, making you wish you lived in the 80s. Let's face it, it was a great era to be a teenager, I mean c'mon the music? Need I say more?
On the one hand you have a mysterious love line since the Reply Series is notorious for having a married couple narrate the beginning which introduces us to a specific time period (in this case the 80s) and has everyone trying to figure out who the girl ends up with in the future. That's probably the most "fun" part of the series but I can honestly say, Answer Me 1988 had such great synergy that everyone from infants to grown women going through menopause felt like they were real people or family members. The writer of the series always declared that "family" was the central theme and it still blows my mind how such a general concept could give birth to a successful tv series.
Release Date: November 6, 2015 (Eng Sub available on Dramafever)