Dear Mom

Dear Mom (2014)

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The Li family was blessed with not one, but four beloved daughters, and though they've all grown up and gone their own ways, these four sisters — Li Lian Qing, Li Yi Wan, Li Qing Qing and Li Xiao Xi — find themselves reconnecting under the same household once again. From surviving divorce to navigating careers and college, there isn't anything the four Li sisters can't work out together in this heartwarming read moredrama about modern family life.

  • Native title:

    我的寶貝四千金
  • Also Known as:

    Wo De Bao Bei Si Qian Jin

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Jun 16, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
As the synopsis says, it's a drama about four sisters and their romantic pursuits - the caring first sister, the clumsy second, the worldly wise third (who still goes the wrong way in life) and the annoying fourth. And frankly, it leaves me unimpressed. I'd have so much preferred if it was a 20-30 episode series with only one couple - the second sister Yi Wan (Tseng Joanne) and Xiao Fei (Sia read more Melvin), or in the worst case two couples. The lesser said about the younger two sisters, the better. It's the antics of Crazy Dog Qin aka Mad Dog King (rofl at the name - and the character justifies it) following the orders of Xiao Fei's mother which keeps the viewers glued, despite the occasional overacting.

The other stories are mere fillers, all following the time-tested formula of a single mother, a marital affair, an unrequited love and so on. After a while, the director seems to have lost track of the individual threads - with so many episodes focusing on particular characters and forgetting about the rest. There are so many unconvincing scenes, like when Xiao Fei says something like,"After we married, it seems like I make you angry so often", and I had to go back searching if I had missed any scenes, coz the only things I remembered were them quarreling a couple of times about watching TV and throwing socks on the floor. I think most of the actors did a good job, just that I didn't find their characters very interesting. Nothing exceptional about the music, but can listen to it a few times.

Rewatch value: 10 for the Crazy Dog and Yi Wan/Xiao Fei story, 5 for the Lian Qing story, 0 for the Xiao Xi story, 2 for the others.

If you like romantic stories, you must watch this for this one pair (you might like the others as well - I didn't). It has pretty much everything - the interesting first encounter, how they come to regard each other, one mom who tries to force them together, another who's opposed initially but comes around in the end, the interesting sidekicks and finally, no romantic triangle/ jealous lovers (there's a small one, but doesn't last long and had a graceful closure).
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Even though they're made in different countries, the overall feel is the same. Dear Mom has more of a comfy and homey feel compared to A Daughter Just Like You. I also feel that the romantic progressions run smoother than ADJLY. A Daughter Just Like You has a more comedic feel than Dear Mom does. The situations are quite uncommon, but they make couples out of people that ou wouldn't normally expect, though, the situations never get out of hand and will want you watching more. I recommend watching Dear Mom, just because I like the feel of it.
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    siracorn Aug 9, 2016

    Kudos to the writers for creating strong, flawed, well-written, smart, stupid, silly, mature and likeable women.

    I admit I skipped basically all scenes where mom had the audacity to think she could make life changing decisions for her adult daughters.
    But I love the fact that she was written as judgemental rather than over-protective and her actions and words actually really, really hurt the daughters feelings. She even realised that her judgemental views on people made her daughters lie to her.
    Basically she is an a**hole and realises it.

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    KMR Jun 20, 2016 - edited
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    loveanimeever Nov 9, 2015 - edited

    Yeah, cant help but love Mad Dog King for his actions sometimes~quite enjoyable! ;D Esp. his interactions w Yi Wan's Father. ^_^

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    loveanimeever Nov 9, 2015 - edited

    Yi Fei couple appeared in ep 1 of Be With You and ep 2 of Love or Spend~ Do watch if you guys are interested! ;)

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    JeffryHartaji Jul 22, 2015

    cant say much bout this..still long way to go

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    Jay Jun 22, 2015

    Liked this drama more than I expected to.

    Very simple and realistic for the most part. There's no out of the ordinary scenarios (except for one near the end) but even then, the drama was enjoyable until the last episode.

    The characters were also likable, especially Yi Wan and Xiao Fei. Their love line is seriously so cute, especially in the beginning. The other characters all go through their own pains but develop nicely.

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    cara May 26, 2015

    Very good drama. Don't want to end. Good story and actors. Wished there's similar things in future!

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    Ahena Apr 20, 2015

    This drama is really great so far. If you want something easy, romantic. It's stereotypical so don't expect so much. But I enjoy every ep when I'm tired and have no energy to do anything else. Each ep seems to be just a few minutes long. (11th ep)

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    SimonaCiof Mar 30, 2015 - edited

    why the number of episodes keeps growing???wasn't 71 at the beginning and then 74? why now ar 84?

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      samsoons Mar 31, 2015

      Extensions due to popularity, probably.

      It's definitive now. It will end on April 13 :) It's on the drama's official facebook page.

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      Ayuuie Apr 2, 2015

      well.. these long daily dramas are usually estimated to be 70 eps when they start airing.. but as they film and air and depending on the story and how well the drama does.. it could be longer or even shorter :)

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    fairyep Mar 17, 2015 - edited
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    wowsugoii Mar 17, 2015

    nice drama. crazy dog is fav <3

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    fairyep Feb 5, 2015

    The YiFei couple is really cute <3

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Jan 17, 2015 - edited

    where can we watch with eng sub ?

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    gulchena2015 Dec 30, 2014
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Details

  • Country:

    Taiwan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    84
  • Aired:

    Dec 16, 2014 to Apr 13, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Network:

    SET TV
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.0 (scored by 129 users)
  • Ranked:

    #11349
  • Popularity:

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