Show Introduction: Answer Me 1997

Posted by Stephanie on December 10, 2013


answer me 1997

Now that we’ve got On Air out of the way, getting us back on the Kdrama review train, how about we watch one I actually like? I know, what a novel concept! If you’ve been a reader of the blog, I was one of those people who eagerly awaited Answer Me 1997 to come out. The idea of it just caught my attention. A show featuring a bunch of kids in their last year of high school in 1997? Hey, I graduated high school in 1997! (Don’t judge me or count backwards.) The idea made the show instantly relatable.

And luckily, Answer Me 1997 did not disappoint. Now, I don’t fanatically love this drama as much as others do out there, but it was a lot of fun to watch. I love the accents (This is actually what bonded Miss Nelly and I together, chatting about the accents while I was watching.) The show was bright and fresh. As it’s a cable network, they took chances with the storytelling format, jumping around in time within the present and the past, and from past to past. And I absolutely need to give a shoutout to the chance they took by having a gay main character and sub-plot. What a heartbreaking love triangle that was.

Answer me 1997 always kept us on our toes, not only with it’s style, but with the question: just who did Shi Won marry?

I’ll tell you right now–I was NEVER rooting for the brother. Not ever.

I can’t wait to rewatch this as I need a good kdrama watch and I’m really hoping this holds up.


Answer Me 1997 (also known as Reply 1997) ran for 16 episodes on TvN from 7/24/2012-9/18/2012. The drama was nominated and won several of the big end of the year awards, for screenplay, OST, best actor, and best actress.

As for ratings, in terms of a cable drama, Answer Me 1997 raked in huge, almost never seen before numbers. It was a sleeper hit, starting slow until word of mouth kept the drama ratings and reviews ever higher.


iis a 2012 South Korean television series that centers on the lives of six friends in Busan, as the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, where one couple will announce that they’re getting married. The coming-of-age drama also examines the extreme fan culture that emerged in the 1990s when first generation idol groups such as H.O.T. and Sechs Kies took center stage and K-pop was just blossoming.

Teaser (it’s weirdly cut off at the bottom which is odd since it comes directly from the official souce.)


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