Reply 1988

Reply 1988 (2015)

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Five childhood friends, who all live in the same Ssangmundong neighborhood of Seoul, lean on each other to survive their challenging teen years and set a path for their futures. Sung Deok Sun struggles for attention as the middle child in her poor family while also carrying the burden of her 989th ranking in school. Kim Jung Hwan only has a one-track mind for soccer, even after his family becomes rich overnight. read moreSung Sun Woo is the perfect student, student council president and a caring and dependable son in his family. Ryu Dong Ryong is a geek who knows more about girls and life than the rest of his friends, but his poor academic score prevents him from being able to go to college. Choi Taek is a genius baduk player who dropped out of school to go professional. As the group of friends gets into and out of mischief around the neighborhood, what experiences from these memorable times together will they carry with them into their future lives?

  • Native title:

    응답하라 1988
  • Also Known as:

    Eungdabhara 1988; Answer Me 1988; Respond 1988; Answer To 1988; Respond To 1988;

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Mar 5, 2016
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“I could not return to my youth or that street either. Time always flows. Everything passes by and ages. That might be why youth is beautiful. Because it shines, blindingly bright at a brilliant short moment. But you can never go back (to it). A time when many tears was shed – like my youth.” -Deok Sun-

There are some dramas that makes you remember them forever and Reply 1988 is definitely read more one of them. It's simply remarkable. If I could give a 100, I'd gladly do that with the full heart. Because it freaking deserves it.

I've been always been bound to 70's and 80's, because it's a time of my parents, their youth, happy days, their life and exciting stories and I've always listened them with a whole heart and a glowing eyes when they talked about their days. So, as this drama brings nostalgic feeling that's probably why I even LOVE it more. The lives of five teenagers, their parents and siblings are shown to the perfection that I wished I was with them there, sharing happiness and sadness together. That's how much influence this drama had and still has on me.

Out of all Reply series this is the BEST one for me. I loved how this drama showed problems our families face every day, where everything is not only black and white, yet grey, where we need to make a decision between what is right and what we want. The caring and loving of a family is the biggest gift we have, because no one will love you as your family do, especially your mom. Oh yes, since I'm on a mom theme, this drama the nearest shows how our mothers sacrifices everything for us, our happiness. That notion stroke me right into my heart, because my mom is the big victim for me and my brother. And that's probably why I got into this drama characters and stories. Another facinating thing is that great friendship we have only once in our lifetime. No matter how tough and hard it gets, besides your family, your friends are always there to give you support and to consule you. That was the case in this drama too. All five characters showed a true and pure picture of friendship. Five characters with different personalities, interests and thinking are together since childhood and became inseparable since then. Together they were stronger, together they were braver and together they loved more. I'm getting goosebumps just writing these words.

Characters are everything to this drama. Every single of them is written with a much thought that you really wanted to know all of their stories. I liked Deok Seon. She is funny, caring, loved by everyone and she's the only girl in their group. So, I wanted to be her with all those gorgeous and funny men. Ryu Joon Yeol, that man is a pure hotness. His character, Jung Hwan, stole my attention, I have to admit. His character is perfect, a man every girl wants. On the outside you think he doesn't care about anything, but in fact he's very caring and loveable. He doesn't know to express himself and as he said himself, he always misses timing and that's why he was always late for some stuffs. However, his heart is pure, honest, his smile very alluring and that's why he won me over. I experienced Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) as someone who needs protection, clumsy, but very intelligent man, but through the whole drama I felt him like their dongsaeng, they cared and prepared everything to him, like a baby. He is the cutest one. Then, it comes Sun Woo, the man which I love dearly. He's such a cool character. Sun Woo is smart, the only man in his family he protects his mother and little sister, but also a man who needs love and attention. As the drama goes, his story becomes very interesting, so I can say that he's my favorite right after Jung Hwan. And last but not least is Dong Ryong. Oh man, I laughed so hard whenever he's on screen. His awesome sense for humor, charm, care is just to be wished for. A man every person needs for a friend. The ace of a group. ;)

However, what gives charm to this drama is parents and supporting characters. The family which I adored the most is definitely Jung Hwan's and his mom so much reminded my of my mom and I guess that's why I felt his family more than others. Ra Mi Ran is mom to be proud of, just like Jung Hwan and his brother are, a wife to love and respect forever and a friend on who can always lean on. Gosh, I love that woman from the bottom of my heart. Along with her, Bo Ra is my second favorite character. She resembles so much of me in every single way. Do I need to say more? :P Every character is written in its own way, with faults and virtues, but together they try to overcome it and be happy.

Music is brilliant. Those old music has always been dearest to me, innocent, pure and brings nostalgic feeling. With so many great soundtracks, famous singers from that period they really tried to find them use them all at the right scene and moment. I've been listening the whole playlist all day, that's how much I loved it.

Reply 1988 became my top 5 drama. The whole drama exudes strongly, leaves the feeling of love and happiness and you just feel complete after watching every single episode. I simply lived with this drama.

“The reason I miss that time and that street isn’t only because I miss my younger self. It is because my parents’ youth, my friends’ youth – the youth of everything I loved was in that place. I regret not bidding a final farewell to the surrounding of my youth that can never be brought back together again. To the things that’ve already gone, to the time I can’t return to… I bid my belated farewell. Goodbye, my youth. Goodbye, Ssangmun-dong” -Deok Sun-
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Jan 21, 2016
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Saying "Goodbye" is on my top 10 list of "Things I Hate to Do." In life, I have had to say goodbye to many things--friends, family members, the Dippin' Dots stand I worked at as a teenager, and as I venture into my last year of my 20s, I say goodbye to my youth as well. Bidding farewell to Reply 1988 continues this list, as I venture onward in dramaland and away read more from Ssammungdong. I say goodbye to that warm, neighborly feeling, that old nostalgia, that stirup-pant wearing era, and to the best youth drama I have ever seen.

Reply 1988 outshines its predecessors. The story primarily takes place in a singular setting, and yet the narrative does not stagnate; it does not become boring or trite; it does not make you sleepy when watching daily interactions of the families. Instead, the story of R1988 pushes at the heart and makes you yearn for friends who love each other this closely, for parents who love each other this much, for a life as simple and yet as hard as these characters' lives were. It takes you out of 2015 and 2016 and supplants you into 1988 where you take that same journey with the characters.

Perhaps the star of the narrative of R1988 is its ability to exert both laughter and tears at the passing of a few minutes, yet it never feels stilted. It brings us richness and variety of character within just the five friends, let alone the parents and siblings surrounding them. With that, we see intricate details of each person's character--like Bora's unspoken love for her parents, or Dong Ryong's inner philosopher, or Jung Hwan's hidden sweetness, or Taek's competitive strength. There are so many elements of character that we see, often unspoken, rise to the surface with the passing of a quick moment or a prolonged incident.

Not only did the narrative of R1988 promote emotions from the viewer, it also brought the winds of unpredictability with it. The writers, in their infinite wisdom, flipped the switch and delivered a romance not built on the standard female lead being the only one in love for the majority of the series nor a male lead who said nothing but ended up the romantic star. It gave the person who stepped up and took a risk the chance to shine (and shine he did-delivering kisses to die for and a sweet chemistry with the lead that was noticeable from the get go). Furthermore, the show gave many couples a chance at love, both new and renewed, lost and found. It was never unrealistic or unfair to anyone in the cast (as some are quick to say); instead, it offered options and chose the best one.

The laughter and tears that made me giggle until wheezing and leak all over my crooked glasses came from an illustrious cast. R88's five friends gave their all to show us their characters' fears, tears, love, admiration, consternation, that random move in Baduk, and so much more. I have to hand it to Ryu Joon Yeol and Park Bo Gum; they made me root for both of them and create #TeamPolyamorous as a hashtag. Their performances were so spot on, and a new star was born. Go Kyung Pyo has always been a personal favorite, and as the sweet, slightly nerdy but quite handsome Sun Woo, he once again stole my heart--this time, though, not with laughter so much as with sweetness. Lee Dong Hwi as Dong Ryong was simply adorable; I would like to see more from him. Hyeri's Duk Seon, though the weakest of these performances, was true to Duk Seon's character--bubbly and outgoing, if not a little bit kooky.

I could talk all day about the parents' roles as well. Ra Mi Ran, Kim Seon Young, and Lee Il Hwa trumped most drama mothers for being the most awesome trio of moms in a drama. They were not only funny, but they all showed signs of vulnerability and strength, and true to form, they were an unstoppable force on screen and in front of their husbands. Speaking of husbands/dads, all the dads were awesome as well, but Kim Sung Kyun takes the cake. His President Kim routine will forever been ingrained in my memory, but also his relationship with Ra Mi Ran showed a great example of how love grows with age.

The music of Reply 1988 also played a special role, not only in the background OST, but in the characters' lives. From Duk Seon trying to win a Walkman to her waiting anxiously outside a concert venue, to Dong Ryong's cover of "I Just Called to Say I Love You," to Ra Mi Ran's special dance, the power of music pervaded the narrative of Reply. It gave us warmth and it made us want to dance along.

Even at 1:30 to 2 hours per episode, I'm going to watch this again. I enjoyed it too much and loved it even more. There was never a dull moment in this series, and I will treasure it for a lifetime. However, now it is time to move on--to leave the streets of Ssangmungdong 1988 and flash forward to Dayton 2016. I look at my neighborhood--siding coming off of roofs, puttering old cars emitting exhaust, the paint on the doors of my house chipping, and the possibility that after I leave in a year or so, it may be the last time I see my home of nearly 22 years. It may be the last time I get to say goodbye to my neighborhood, just as it is my time to say goodbye to my youth.

For all things considered, the first 28 years have been a good run. That is my Reply.
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If you are finding some Kdramas with that second male lead syndrome then both of these dramas are made for you. Those two 2nd lead are caring, always there when she needs, a sweet-hearted guy but female leads didn't choose them in the end... =(
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Both of them are a slice-of-life kind of dramas. Age of youth focuses on 5 girls and college life, whereas Reply 1988 focuses on the children growing up (and experiencing their first love) as well as the family members. Both are slow paced, and detail orientated. It is definitely the smallest things that touch you the most. The music is also subtle and fitting. Characters in both shows have a lot of depth and show a lot of character growth.
Many life lessons to learn in both.
Overall the pace, genre, direction/cinematography (revealing details a bit at a time), music and feel of the two shows are similar.
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    LuckySo 11 days ago - edited

    I think Im a little bit late to watch this drama,. I am really curious about it, but the reason why I watch kdramas is to be happy with the characters on how they end the story, why I always look for a hint if one drama I plan to watch has a happy ending because I dont like to be broken hearted in every end of the story I watched. Did Reply1988 ends well?. with a happy ending?.

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    Cherry 11 days ago

    Watched it recently! I am glad I watched it. I was hesitating at first but after watching it I just fell in love with this heartwarming drama. It was just a 20-episode long journey which felt too learn all those things which it made me learn. Lovely and beautiful relationships, the growth of characters, family, realtionship between neighbours, first love, and the age of youth and those silly but cute and memorable things we do in our youth! everything was touching! lessons at the end of each episode! Loved it!

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    Machsus Romadhon 13 days ago

    How Come i Dont Like Reply 1997 when i cant even move on from Reply 1988.... ???

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    CheeCha 13 days ago

    I fall in love with this drama <3
    I want more dramas like this one 3> any suggestions?

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    Datez 15 days ago

    Must see drama! Woaaa... Inspiring!! Daebak

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    Sayyy 20 days ago - edited
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    Mae Dec 12, 2016

    It's been 1 month since I've finished this drama! and it's sooooo amazinggg!! the cast, producer, director, staff and especially the writer! woaahhh!! daebak!! ^_^ my heart really shattered into pieces when i watched the last episode and i'm honestly attached to this drama!!! this drama will make you laugh, cried, angry and so on. This drama is one of my fav drama of all time! <3<3<3

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    harukae Dec 3, 2016 - edited

    Will someone please explain to me all the hype about the reply series ? I'm genuinely curious.

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      scarletquill Dec 8, 2016 - edited

      I hope I can do justice to this series by trying to explain what the hype about the reply series is. The hype is much well-deserved.
      It's a heartwarming coming of age drama series. They're set in particular years that were significant in Korea (1997 - beginning of korean idols like H.O.T etc; 1994 - emergence of k-pop predecessors like Seo Taiji and boys; 1988 - Olympics in Seoul, student protests, era before internet hit Korea). If you were a child/teenager during the 1990s, especially in an Asian country, you will relate to it. It's a drama series that pays ode to the past. But more importantly, it's about first loves, family and friendships. Also, storytelling and plot are A++++, as is the cast and acting in each drama.

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      harukae Dec 9, 2016

      Alright. Thank you very much for your detailed reply, I'll try watching it when I'm done with my current watch list. Good day! :)

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      RaspberryT Dec 11, 2016

      It's a very good drama. I've only watched Reply 1988, but it has left a very good impression on me. I will definitely watch the other two Reply at a later time, but the Reply 1988 was excellent. The acting was well done by all on the drama. The stories are well written. It tugs at your heart. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. It gives lasting impression about youth, love, family, life. Lots of good moments, lots of warm moments. Definitely try to watch it. You won't regret it.

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    yas01 Nov 19, 2016 - edited
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      BeautifulSwan Nov 22, 2016 - edited
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      Anniee Nov 23, 2016

      @BeautifulSwan I just saw the video on the link you gave. I didn't see it before. It all makes sense actually. :)

      In the end, this is just a drama we all love dearly. That much we can all agree on. <3

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      yas01 Nov 23, 2016

      I'll just give up too ^^

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      yas01 Nov 23, 2016

      I'll just give up too^^

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      BeautifulSwan Nov 23, 2016
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    yas01 Nov 19, 2016
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    alice Nov 19, 2016 - edited

    tip: dont ship, just watch
    if you ship you'll get a heartbreak

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      Anniee Nov 19, 2016

      True. Glad I already know who the final pair will be. Less heartbreak. :D

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      Fay 29 days ago

      i knew the endgame before i even started watching. sadly that made the pain much worse for me.

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    Anniee Nov 16, 2016 - edited

    I really like Bo Ra. She's got her own personality and you can never budge her.

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      BeautifulSwan Nov 23, 2016

      I really like bora too, she has such a strong character

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    JohnGilbert Oct 14, 2016

    Who thought when Deok Sun was having trouble filling out her future aspirations form for college she should have put 'KPOP' ;-)

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    AmastrisDratwka Oct 10, 2016 - edited

    The lamb crying throughout this was freaking annoying. To me, it's worse than a laugh track. I don't need the writers and production to tell me when there's a joke. If it's funny, it can stand on it's own... ...if you have to add sound affects, you're trying too hard... It shouldn't need it.

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      JohnGilbert Oct 12, 2016

      It has been a part of all the Replys. It's like a signature now. I don't think it's to prompt you to laugh per se. I think is charming and would be missed now if it were gone. Just my humble opinion.

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      Shima0810 Oct 14, 2016

      Really? I love that sound. Make me laugh a lot.

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      mejustcassie Nov 3, 2016

      Ayyy what!! FOR me it's one of my favorite things is the drama

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      BeautifulSwan Nov 5, 2016

      after sometime, it does not annoyed me at all

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    666 Oct 8, 2016 - edited

    i hesitated on this drama for such a long time cause i thought i wouldnt enjoy it but damn... i became attached to the storyline and the characters so fast and now that i finished it my heart is so sore...

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      BeautifulSwan Nov 23, 2016

      ME TOO

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      Ghizlan Abby 24 days ago

      the same happened with me haha, and now it's been my favorite, and am afraid the other reply series won't be as well wasted as this one !


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Nov 6, 2015 to Jan 16, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 40 min.


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