My Daughter Seo Young

My Daughter Seo Young (2012)

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This drama will tell the story of a father who separates with his daughter, their love, hate and reconciliation. Seo Young is a tough woman who tries to escape the harsh life of poverty with a strong passion to gain success, overcome her lower status and rise in society. On the road to fulfill her dream, She cuts ties with her poor family and incompetent father who still love his daughter despite her bitterness.

  • Native title:

    내 딸 서영이
  • Also Known as:

    Nae Ddal Seoyeongi; My Daughter Seoyoung; Seo Young, My Daughter; My Daughter Seo Yeong; My Daughter Seoyeong;

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May 15, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I don't know if I would recommend My Daughter Seoyoung to EVERYONE. For starters, this drama is 50 episodes long, so some parts are bound to drag and it needs patience. It's certainly not for people who make ep-to-ep analysis. I don't even know what I was thinking when I picked this one. Usually I pick dramas with episodes not more than 20. This was my first 50 episodes drama(Ok, Technically, Lee read more Soon Shin is the Best is my first 50 episodes drama, but that one's still airing). I guess I was bored.

Anyways, coming to my opinion on this drama, I loved it (I guess that's pretty obvious from my ratings. lol). This drama didn't drag for me at all. I didn't skip anything. The relationships were so beautiful. The father-daughter relationship full of emotions that every daughter can relate to. I mean, let's face it, at some point we've all fought with our dads. But we still love them unconditionally. That's how kids are programmed into this world (wait, did I just quote Anastasia Grey? I think I did). Obviously, things between Seoyoung and her dad are at another level. But she still loves him and their reconciliation is beautiful. There are other amazing relationships that took my breath away. The brother-sister, the husband-wife. I loved Seoyoung's mother-in-law and OMG HER BRO-IN-LAW IS SOO HOT!! I really like him (not just because he's hot though, lol).

I can't believe Seoyoung felt so lonely when all these people were in her life, loving her and encouraging her in their own ways. Her husband is just..PERFECT. I think I'm going to rewatch this whole drama in a couple of decades. In fact, I think I'm going to buy this on DVD. All the high tv ratings for this drama aren't for nothing. This drama fully deserved them. One of my favorites.
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Dec 31, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This drama is sincerely beautiful. Yes, it was a very long journey, 50 episode this is the longest drama i have ever completed. It was really good. Let's break it down:

First of all, family dramas are meant to be very annoying and meaningful, but who's family isn't annoying. I love this drama so much.

Actors/Acting: A perfect 10
-Wow this the first time i ever fell in a love with a read more Korean mother in law, why? It's because Korean mother are played to be really evil in most dramas. Ujae's mom was the best. She always made me laugh, she was really warm even though she got angry at some parts. i really liked her.

-No one could have played Seoyoung better than Lee Bo young. I knew she was an okay actor, but she embodied her role so much that I actually hated her for it. She really did some genius acting in this show.

-Ujae (Lee Sang yoon) was not only flipping sexy, but he was such an amazing actor. I loved him throughout the whole show. I really want to marry someone like him when I am older.

-The rest of the cast was perfect, funny and loveable. The twin brother (Park HAE JIN) I wished he was my twin brother instead of the twin sister i have.

The story: Without, the cast i think i would have dropped this show. The one thing i hate are secrets and misunderstandings and this was the story frequent theme. Nevertheless, this show was so addicting because it was so interesting, so I couldn't even drop it. The writer and director were brilliant because they made everything make perfect sense.
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While one of the dramas is a revenge story and the other is just family-romance, in both female leads lied to male leads before the marriage and suffer after the marriage because they need to keep secrets from the people they love. You may hate the female leads for hurting their men, but still can understand their actions. *Wedding doesn't happen in the very beginning and you see the whole development of the relationship in both, from OTP's first encounter.
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Both dramas have same actress, she playes similar character (her behaviour and her job too, MDS inspirated IHYV in my opinion). IHYV is mix of comedy, romance, thriller and justice drama, MDS focuses more to relationships in family, guilt, and its consequences. MDS reminds me work of Thomas Hardy, because you can't avoid your past, it will be hunted you and it can destroy you.
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    Sharn 2 days ago - edited

    Sometimes I rewatch this during my free time. It's just so good. Lots of tears and momentful scenes~

    Remind me of old times when I watched this with my family.

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    dannapark6002 May 15, 2016 - edited

    I keep on rewatching Sang Woo and Ho Jeong's scenes. They are my favorite! Ho Jeong is such a pure soul. One of my favorite drama characters.

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    Pommyfrog Feb 8, 2016

    Long life to HOLLYS COFFEE !!!! hehe XD

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    dramaconnoisseur Jan 28, 2016 - edited

    I want to watch this drama but there are just sooo many episodes.

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      CjRun Mar 9, 2016 - edited

      I am almost to the end.. I just skip the side stories that i find annoying. I am glad i hang on. Finally got to the secret revealing part - resolution is very very well made...gave me a nice surprise. Such nice explanations! I love Seo Young's independence!! Very impressed with Lee Bo Young here.

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    green_tokki Oct 13, 2015

    I never get tired of rewatching this drama. :-)

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    mb7 Aug 3, 2015

    i dont know why that drama not Popular ؟؟؟ it is amazing

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    alice Aug 2, 2015

    I am glad I didn't watch it when it's on-air, otherwise I would be up in the air waiting for new eps every week. I love watching family dramas and after watching My Daughter Seoyoung, it has become one of my favorite dramas. I sometimes get frustrated at Lee BoYoung character's but the ending is very satisfying and everything just goes back to its original position. I become a fan of Lee Sang Yoon after this drama.

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    alexk345 May 16, 2015 - edited

    Waste of DRAMA. I just skip watched because drama has seriously nothing in it. LEE BO YOUNG is just one overhyped actress. She looks clean and nice looking. Acting wise she does nothing. Just staring at wall whole drama is not acting

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      alice Aug 2, 2015 - edited

      I respect your opinion but Lee Bo Young acting is great in My Daughter Seoyoung. This drama plot is very fast paced and everything falls into place nicely even though there might be melodramatic moments given that this is a family drama. Lee Sang Yoon and Lee BoYoung have great chemistry and all the casts did a good job. This is one of the dramas that its ratings represent the quality of the drama.

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      alexk345 Aug 2, 2015

      Actually i liked her in first few episode of IHY. Then she switched to her boring look. She is one of overhyped dead face. Some have luck and she is one of that type. I like any drama where actress brings charisma. She is really bad in this drama. Just awful.

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      jxsilicon9 Sep 12, 2015

      Yea she does suck. I hear your voice was carried by Lee Jong Suk and Jeong Wung In.

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    Nijura Jan 6, 2015 - edited

    To be honest, I loved the first 10episodes but then I kind of knew how the story will develop so I started to skip episodes. Basicaly I always skipped 5-10 and I still knew what was going on, too predictable. I don't undersatnd how people can say that this drama is the best, at least the best family drama. The acting was horrible, however, there were some exceptions. It seems that Lee Bo Young is one of the poker face actresses in this drama.
    I guess that I am just comparing this drama with Glorious Day, which is, in my opinion, the jewel of family dramas

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      bLoodYThoughtS Mar 14, 2015

      Does it have comedy scenes?..or is it pure melodrama?

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      Ana Apr 12, 2015

      I haven't seen any comedy so far...

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    shiu545 Nov 23, 2014

    I watched Ep 1 and was interested enough to go on to Ep 2. Just 15 minutes into that episode, I suddenly lost interest … two reasons: Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Yoon. Although LBY did well in the first scene, I found her acting somewhat bland … she is beautiful … too beautiful that it is almost like watching a mannequin perform (in her encounter toward end of Ep 1 and start of Ep 2, I thought I was watching her in "I Can Hear Your Voice"). I like actors and actresses who use different facial expressions to show emotions appropriate to the situations (i.e., Gong Hyo-jin and Ko Soo).

    As for Lee Sang Yoon … same thing = acting somewhat bland. I watched him in "The Duo," where Chun Jung-myung outperformed him. I also watched him in "Life is Beautiful" and before too long I was fast-forwarding the parts he was in.

    I would have continued to watch this drama had Park Jeong-ah had a Main Role. I didn't even recognize her as the same actress who played Saewa in "Smile, Donghae." She looked so different when she bounced into the Dining Room to join the rest of the Kang family.
    Now, there is one superb actress! She also has a beautiful voice.

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    Rainedon Nov 21, 2014

    I am at episode 8 and I am just loving this drama. I don't get the urge to fast forward because the episodes are really well done.

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    kjn Nov 2, 2014 - edited

    So, anyone know where I can watch this drama?

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      kjn Nov 10, 2014

      It doesn't have all the episodes but thanks for the reply.

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      HAVA-RAVA Nov 12, 2014

      I think they're still publishing the new episodes every week. At least on my YT subscriptions is a new one or two episodes weekly :D

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      kjn Nov 14, 2014

      Ok thanks :D

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      Rainedon Nov 21, 2014

      The full drama is on

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    RhopalocerA Jul 7, 2014 - edited

    Just finished this! Already missed SangWoo+HoJeong couple.They're soooo cute together! What an adorable pair! <3

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    Bladey May 19, 2014 - edited

    Yes,I agree this drama can get tiresome. The main conflict gets irritating really fast all because of Seoyoung's pride. She's getting on my nerves, much as I understand her motivations. I do, however, like HoJeong. She's the only honest person in all this mess of pride and betrayals and secrets. Seoyong should reconsider her actions. What she did was wrong from the start even if she had her reasons. I really like the cool professor as well. He's just cool. Ultimately, I still like the story if only because of the side characters. The narrative itself is only semi-involving due to all the hysterics going on. The best exchanges are between professor and Mingyong- I love them together. I also really like Sungwoo and HoJeon. Otherwise, everything is mostly about lies and betrayals and cheating and secrets and it gets tiresome but I like how Mingyong deals with her problems (with a little help from a certain someone) and how the relationship between Sungwoo and HoJeon develops ultimately. The father himself is ambivlanet but he is very well cast and the actor is instantly likeable. So all in all

    -I liked the premise though it ultimately got tiresome, though it is still good to see woman protagonist who has pride; but there was just too much hysterics.
    -I liked the father actor
    -I liked Professor Choi and Mingyong and their banter
    -I liked HoJeong and Sangwoo.
    -I felt sorry for Saejong too.

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    PrettyCarEye Mar 16, 2014

    Romance should be removed as a genre. This is a family soap opera. Romantic themes facilitate the main theme of family, but remains underdeveloped throughout. Which is fine. This is not a complaint. Just FYI for folks who might start this with inappropriate expectations.

    Seo Young frustrated me with her enormous pride & stubbornness, but I liked her a lot. Her faults just made her more human. She was a refreshing change from the innocent, wide-eyed wilting lilies that are normally featured in Kdrama. Though she remained sweet & kind & domestic, I liked that she stayed career orientated. She possessed strength of character and independence. Some things she should've discussed with her husband, but in general I liked that she maintained her autonomy and did not allow other people (elders) to dictate her life from A-Z (those who've seen the show might know what I'm referring to here). So yes, would love to see more heroines like Seo Young in dramaland.

    LBY is a decent actress, but I doubt I'll ever fully warm to her. I've decided not to watch any more of her shows. But it's not because I think she has no talent. She's just not an actress that works for me.

    Finally, where the characters are concerned, they were fine. The story was okay, but is not my thing. I find desperate housewife type dramas exceedingly unrelatable & I've seen the same story too many times. I like things in moderation. All the desperation, resentment, whining & self - pity are inconvenient. Also many developments were glaringly contrived and silly. I can tolerate a lot, but when things don't make sense the rating will take a hit. I skipped a lot of this drama starting from ep 20. Many boring or draggy story arcs, to the neglect of more interesting ones.


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    South Korea
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    Sep 15, 2012 to Mar 3, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.1 (scored by 884 users)
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