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Answer Me, Deok-seon!

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Last weekend, South Koreans either watched or didn’t watch the final episodes of Answer Me 1988, which became the most watched show in Korean cable television history with a whopping 21.6%.

Among that population were two passionate schools of matchmakers waiting impatiently as they ruminated the best husband material for our fair Deok-seon. But they would agree that at the heart of the show is a world of kindness, love, and opportunities for social mobility. Things believed to be absent today but present in a world set almost 30 years ago.

The show creators’ ability to connect to younger viewers lacking first-hand experience or recollection of the decade addressed by the show is remarkable. Gifting people weary of “Hell Joseon” with healthy humor and energy is another feat that other Korean dramas apparently have no idea how to achieve at the moment.

I loved the show and the experience of watching it. The characters played…

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