Wonderful Mama

Wonderful Mama (2013)

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After getting diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a loan shark must hurry and make her three adult children grow up. As she teaches them how to run the family business, they also learn to take care of their mother.

  • Native title:

    원더풀 마마
  • Also Known as:

    Wondeopool Mama

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25 people found this review helpful
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Sep 28, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Family dramas are a touchy subject especially the long ones such as “Wonderful Mama”.

I don’t watch family dramas because they’re not my cup of tea but this year I came to watch two family dramas at the same time; this one and ‘I Summon You Gold!’ because of a long story that I won’t trouble your ears (or more specifically your eyes) with.

So what is this about? It’s one of read more those lengthy Kdramas produced in a non-stop way every year. It has all the elements that a family drama should have such as familial struggles, birth secrets and old respectable figures. There are also light romantic stories that owned about half the drama.

If I had to state the facts, I would say that this drama’s screenwriters weren’t good enough to make the drama interesting until the very last end. It’s a given that Korean family dramas drag and contain many filler episodes but despite that fact, the drama was deliciously entertaining until the 39 or the 40th episode when the writers tried to get smart by adding some twists to the storyline, but guess what? It was an epic failure because… hello!! Family dramas don’t need stupid twists to be good; it needs a complete control of the run time by using the family theme. Furthermore, the screenwriters conducted a mess by cutting off characters without a previous notice or a proper explanation. They also threw meaningless hints and rushed things out at the end; okay, I won’t make them bear all the blame for the last part since it’s not their fault that the drama was cut short to 48 episodes instead of 50 but still, they could’ve made a proper ending considering the fact that this is a long drama.

The cast was reasonably fitting and well chosen. There were some really good actors in here but I can’t say the same about characters since some of them felt all over the place at times. However, the characters’ development was remarkably magnificent.

Now, if I have to state my subject point of view, I would say that this drama was enjoyable overall even with its shortcomings. And that’s coming from a person who doesn’t (as never) watch long family dramas.

In conclusion, I won’t advice anyone to watch this or not because that’s up to you to decide. Just keep in mind that this is a long family drama with notable screenwriting issues that needs a strong commitment and a long breath to finish, but it also has a nice set of cast and it can be somewhat pleasant to watch.
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5 people found this review helpful
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Jan 6, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
*splash splash splash*

You can guess what happens numerous times in this dramas, angry ahjummas fighting with angry ahjummas.

I thought it was a pretty decent drama (i have seen tons of family dramas, ones that are even longer than this so for me this wasn't new... if you don't believe me check my list ^^).

So as usual this drama has also hatred and revenge and focuses a lot on it, read more so there are many times when the story is beating around the bush. *bingeul bingeul*
The love lines in the story were pretty cute so that gives some extra points to watch it.
The script writers could have easily given extra time towards the ending because the ending felt way too rushed. I would have preferred if there was more at the end rather than in the beginning.
Also if you watch this drama be prepared that everyone is connected one way or another, the amount of coincidences in this drama is quite fascinating as well!
Also there is many character developments so numerous characters will have different personalities by the end.

I really liked the cast, I definitely decided to watch it as Jung Yoo Mi and Ahn Nae Sang was in it. I didn't really like Jung Gyu Woon before watching this but my opinion completely changed of him.
I would like to award yoo in young's character with a honorable mention because her character really is the one that stands out at one point due to her realistic thoughts (of course at the beginning she isn't like that, she has quite a character development).

Overall i would say this drama is one of the bearable family dramas because it does have a good plot and the casts is also good, you don't really have that much annoying characters that other family dramas do and the end is cute. You have to bear with the first few episodes but then it gets better.
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Wonderful Mama is the K-Drama form of A Moment to Remember. Although A Moment to Remember is a love story, there is no purer love than a mother's love for her children. A mother finds out that she has Alzheimer's and tries to prepare her privileged, spoiled children for life on their own (without her).
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    MinaVIP Jul 31, 2016

    on ep 9 already. I'm loving this so damn much >_< <3

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    MinaVIP Jul 30, 2016

    THIS CAST IS AMAZING. and it's got the same scriptwriter who did 'Hooray For Love' why haven't I watched this yet? I'll Marathon this *_*

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    I was skeptical of starting this drama b/c of all the negative things I've read about it - but I should just know that other peoples opinions of dramas rarely coincide with mine lol :P

    I really enjoyed this drama - enough so that I stayed up late into the night just to continue watching several nights in a row lol I enjoyed every episode from start to finish.

    - the end did feel a bit rushed and there were several plot holes/people and their stories missing :/ Which was kind of disappointing but as long as they covered the main cast surrounding the mother and her kids, I didn't mind if they left out the others (even if I did want to know what happened with them too). The last few episodes weren't quite as good as the rest *more in spoiler* but I still liked them.

    The twist (will detail in spoiler) was one thing I suspected early on (as I have seen a LOT of family dramas) so it didn't shock me or disappoint me even if I was hoping for a different scenario.

    Those going into this drama for Park Bo Gum (as I did and I'm glad I did b/c I loved the story) be forewarned, he is in the first 7 + episodes and disappears or has very little screen-time in the middle then he gets more screen-time again a little later till the end ;) (he's more of a supporting main than an actual main) The two older siblings are the Main children characters. I really liked watching him sing in this drama ;) So cute!

    Anyone who likes family dramas or even daily dramas should like this one too.

    My favorite characters were: Hoon Nam, Ki Nam, Young Chae, Young Soo ^_^ and then the Mom (Bok Hee) and others after. I didn't really care for the cousin 'Shasha' and his girl (found them annoying for the most part) but I didn't skip more than 2 scenes of theirs. I liked Ki Nam's wife even if she did disappoint me a couple times (she usually corrected herself shortly after so she was easily forgiven :P ). I loved their relationship as a couple ^^ #relationshipgoals #marriagegoals ;)
    I also really liked the story's for Young Chae & Hoon Nam and Young Soo & Da Jung ^_^

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    Ruyi Jan 7, 2016

    I really liked the start (maybe first 7 episodes?) but then it got boring and boring. Currently, I am on episode 17, and it is sooooo boring!!! I watched it for Park bogum and now I hardly ever see the whole family together, because they are sooo busy with their own stuff. I hope it gets better, please. The start was awesome!

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    Where can I watch or download this drama?

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    SHIRLEYMOLINA Sep 15, 2015 - edited

    Is it me or is this hate to a different degree? I find in Asian dramas there is a lot of concentration on the hate revenge angle, it might be just my perception but when they hate in these dramas they hate, and revenge man the levels they go to I have never seen before. Can someone explain if this is normal or just exaggerated in the Asian dramas? And the two older leads in this drama can really act.

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    KdramaQueen89 Oct 5, 2013

    One of the better family dramas out there especially from this year's batch. The acting by the ensemble cast was stellar. You'll love characters and hate some. I was never bored due to the good pacing. I don't agree with the plot change towards the end cause it feels thrown in. That's my only problem with the writer and also the ending could've been a little more closed but it wasn't horrible. A lot of plot wholes with the story in general. Overall I gave it a 9 cause I did enjoy it and the characters and would watch it again when I want to see some family drama.

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    EliKimIsMyBabo Oct 3, 2013

    ...That ending sucked.

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    xoxoeddie Sep 29, 2013

    This was a hot mess of a drama. It all went downhill after Dong Soo just left the cast. I loved him.

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    _Rosie Sep 29, 2013

    I was going to write a review for this drama as when I last checked no one had done one yet...I saw that CheerfulSoul's views were pretty similar to mine so thanks you saved me from the effort :D

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      Cheer Sep 29, 2013

      You're welcome (:

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    meganjoy12 Sep 27, 2013
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      _Rosie Sep 28, 2013

      I agree with the points you make...I really liked the drama up to about ep 40 when the "twist" didn't make sense to me at all...the ending was rushed but thats probably because the series got cut by 2 eps probably due to the low ratings....overall I did enjoy it though :)

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    _Rosie Sep 23, 2013
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      Cheer Sep 25, 2013
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    _Rosie Sep 22, 2013

    Looks like this drama has been cut short its only 48 eps

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    _Rosie Sep 3, 2013

    I started this drama and steamed through all the aired episodes up to that point which was 30 ....I have waited until 10 more were subbed and I am thoroughly enjoying them ...this drama has so much going on that before you know it an episode is over, theres no feeling that the pace is dragging.

    I cant wait for the evil incarnate that is Choi Eun Ok to get her comeuppance XD


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    South Korea
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    Apr 13, 2013 to Sep 22, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 4 min.


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    7.3 (scored by 296 users)
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