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K-Drama Buzz: Why ‘Reply 1988’ is still a hit five years later

Here are a few reasons why ‘Reply 1988’ has withstood the test of time.



04/26/2020 09:24 AM
K-Drama Buzz: Why ‘Reply 1988’ is still a hit five years later
Photo credit: @hyeri_0609 IG and Reply 1988 TvN

Having debuted in 2015, the South Korean series Reply 1988 has, without a doubt, aged like a fine wine — becoming a classic K-Drama half a decade later. But what exactly does this particular show have that it remains a hit even up to this day? 

If you’re following Anne Curtis on Twitter, you may have probably come across some of her tweets where she talked about the critically-acclaimed show which, she revealed, took her almost ten months to finish. Apparently, she started watching it after hosting the Good Day fan meeting of Park Bo-gum — one of the cast members in the show — in June 2019. She only finished the entire series just this month. 

From the ‘80s-themed set design all the way to the costume of the characters in the show, the It’s Showtime host was all praises for what the show had to offer. But more than the visual aesthetics, what caught her attention was the foundation of the show: the story about family and friendship. 

And it's precisely this reason Reply 1988 remains a favorite among fans. It holds the same values Filipinos have when it comes to family. And in the case of the show, it's all about treating your friends as part of your family, too.

Anne, now a mother of one, couldn’t help but go on a trip to down memory lane as she was born in the same decade as the setting of the show — only three years older. Right after watching the last episode, she tried to reconnect with her friends in Mandaluyong — the city she grew up in. 

Even before winning the hearts of the Filipino audience, the acclaimed tvN-produced show has already proven to be a huge hit in South Korea — holding the record of  the fourth highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history.

Anne even admitted it’s one of her top three favorite K-Dramas of all-time.

If you’re looking for your next binge on Netflix or Viu, we recommend you watch this show. And with the enhanced community quarantine having been extended for another two weeks, there’s certainly plenty of time for you to catch up on this show. 

Reply 1988 is the third installment in the Reply anthology created by Shin Won-ho. It stars Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Ryu Jun-yeol, and Lee Dong-hwi.