Category: International TV

DryedMangoez recaps, reviews and commentary about international (non-American) television programs.

Check-in Review: After Wrapping Up Season 2, “Penthouse” Continues to be a Soapy Oasis on Korean Television

Having just wrapped up its second season, Korean drama Penthouse (펜트하우스) has proven that it is a force to be reckoned with. And the formula? Engage viewers in a wild, nonstop roller coaster of a ride through soapy plotlines and shock and awe twists and turns brought to life by a talented cast that relishes and embraces the outrageous camp. And best of all, it is a fun ride. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get angry. But you enjoy it all.

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First Impression Review: TV5’s “Encounter” a Faithful Philippine Adaptation So Far, but Is That a Good Thing?
Good Ol’ Review: Hilarious and Heartfelt, KBS’ “Zombie Detective” a Thoroughly Engaging and Enjoyable Ride

Zombie Detective (좀비탐정) may just be the happiest, most heartfelt zombie television series ever! At least, that’s my immediate reaction after watching this 2020 KBS series. Choi Jin Hyuk effortlessly leads a stellar ensemble cast as the titular Zombie Detective. Mixing drama, comedy, fantasy and mystery, it all comes together into what is unexpectedly a hilarious and emotional adventure.

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Hindsight Review: How Season 2 of “Love Alarm” Spectacularly Dropped the Ball
Good Ol’ Review: KBS’ 2015 Series “Cheer Up!/Sassy Go Go” a Timely, Sincere and Resonant Story
Good Ol’ Review: SBS’ “Penthouse” (Season 1) is an Outrageous, Fun Guilty Pleasure

SBS’ Penthouse (펜트하우스) is guilty pleasure at its soapy finest. Outrageous, over-the-top moments are paired with clever twists and turns. Its cast revels in the campy stories while delivering emotional performances when the craziness subsides for fleeting moments. It’s not hard to see why the series became one of the year’s most watched and most talked about dramas. And considering it has only just started its second of three seasons, the roller coaster is still careening forward towards who knows where.

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Good Ol’ Review: Everything Comes Together to Make JTBC’s Character-Driven Slice of Life Drama “Run On” a Definite Winner
Good Ol’ Review:  Charming, Fun, Sincere; “True Beauty” a Truly Enjoyable Series
Good Ol’ Review: Charming Cast and Familiar Story Make “Sweet Stranger and Me” an Enjoyable Escape
Good Ol’ Review: Seo Kang Joon and Park Min Young Shine in Dramatic, Dreamlike “When the Weather is Fine”
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