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Good Ol’ Review: “Reborn Rich” a Refreshing and Engaging Approach to Familiar Themes

tvN’s Reborn Rich (재벌집 막내아들/The Chaebol’s Youngest Son) is a creative, high concept series that gives an interesting twist on familiar themes. Song Joong Ki’s charisma and charm is utilized to full effect and the ensemble cast is an important part of what helps the series reach its climax. While there are some missteps along the way, especially in its final acts, Reborn Rich is nonetheless an intriguing and refreshing drama.

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Good Ol’ Review: Peacock’s “The Traitors” is a Fun and Refreshing Change of Pace for Reality TV
Hindsight Review: Despite Season 2’s Last-Minute Redemption, Here’s Some Suggestions on How to Keep “Single’s Inferno” Fresh and Exciting
Good Ol’ Review: “Prison Playbook” an Unexpectedly Endearing and Impactful Series

The 2017 tvN series Prison Playbook (슬기로운 감빵생활 /Wise Prison Life) is an enjoyable, heartwarming and endearing slice of life story about convicts, their families and the corrections officers tasked with keeping them in check. Quite an interesting combination, yet the series easily delivers a wide range of emotions to tell engaging character-driven and relatable stories about life, family and friendship. A stellar ensemble cast is the strong glue that holds all the pieces together for what is a complete and satisfying series.

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Good Ol’ Review: “His Man” a Refreshing, Engaging Series with Honesty and Sincerity
Good Ol’ Review: “My First Love”/”Longing Heart” Succeeds Where Other Similar K-Dramas Do Not

I’ve always maintained that time travel shows are either hit or miss. There’s really no in between. So it’s always a pleasant surprise when a series like OCN’s 2018 miniseries My First Love (애간장 /Longing Heart) comes along and secures itself in the former category. The fact that OCN, a network that has become known for dark, gritty dramas, was the home to this lighthearted romantic drama is surprising enough. But a charming cast brings to life a script that knows exactly what it wants to be and doesn’t try to be something it is not. (Which, more often than not, is the case with drama series involving traveling through time and space.)

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First Impression Review: Song Hye Kyo Leads Netflix’s Refreshingly Unflinching “The Glory”

Netflix’s The Glory (더 글로리) wastes no time in setting the stage for what has to be one of the most refreshingly unflinching revenge dramas in a long time. Through these first eight episodes, Song Hye Kyo leads an excellent cast as the series chronicles one woman’s painful journey from being a victim of high school violence to now having a chance to exact revenge on the perpetrators.

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First Impression Review: Season 2 of “Single’s Inferno” Still Fun Despite Emerging Flaws

Netflix’s very own Korean dating show returned last month and I was finally able to catch up on the first six episodes. Season 2 of last year’s surprise hit Single’s Inferno (솔로지옥) introduced the new group of sexy singles. And it’s been another fun, juicy ride so far. But at the same time, there’s been some interesting cracks in the glossy façade of the series.

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Good Ol’ Review: Charming Cast Elevates SBS’ “Cheer Up”

There aren’t very many college-set youth dramas on Korean television. So it is refreshing to have a series like SBS’ Cheer Up (치얼업). A big bonus if it is a good series. Which it is! Cheer Up is a lighthearted drama about the members of a struggling university cheering squad. And though the series does have a few exciting scenes of cheer performances, its strongest moments are when it focuses on the relationships and bonds formed between the characters.

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Hindsight Review: You Won’t Regret Hopping Along for the Ride on “Money Heist: Korea”
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