Reply 1994

Reply 1994 (2013)

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Set in 1994, six university students from various provincial areas live together at a boarding house in Sinchon, Seoul, which is run by a couple with a daughter named Na Jung. The timeline moves back and forth between the past in 1994 and the present in 2013, making the viewers guess who will become Na Jung's husband among the male characters.

  • Native title:

    응답하라 1994
  • Also Known as:

    Eungdabhara 1994; Reply 1997 Season 2; Answer Me 1994; Respond 1994; Answer To 1994; Respond To 1994;

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Apr 30, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Going back in the past, to some it might hurt but the past before our present made us the great person we are right now.

I liked watching Reply 1994 because of the great acting of the casts, and the OSTs. WOW. Totally great. I downloaded the OSTs of this drama and the songs are really good to listen especially if you're having stress or doing something. Besides the OSTs, you can read more feel the "freshness", and the feeling of "youth" in the drama.

As usual, we have the "Love Triangle". That's what the story is all about. Finding out the "who" in the end. But, the story-line is somehow special, connecting the past to the present. The wonderful memories of the freshness of the youth.

Go Ara's character is a strong yet sweet girl, and she really portrayed it well. She had a loyal heart who only sought one man in her heart, which made it unfair for the second man involved in the Love Triangle.

But what's more amazing in this drama is the creativity of the director. There are three stuff toys that shows in almost every episode, notice their positions, and you'll see that they are sort of like weather forecasts on what will happen next.

Overall, this is a good drama and I recommend it to you.
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Apr 5, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I am glad that I watched this drama but more glad that I was able to finish it (phew!). I think Reply 1994 is a good drama on its own, whether or not I compare it to its mega popular and one of my all-time favourites predecessor. Being the second season, not comparing the two was impossible for me no matter how much I tried.

There are both pros and cons in read more this drama. I prefer the love triangle in 94 much, much more than the one in 97. Overall, the characters in this drama were almost equally as good as in 97 (or in some cases- even better).

For starters, Na Jeong was quite funny and likable. According to me, it's hard to beat Sung Shi Won played by Eun Ji in 97 but nonetheless, Go Ah Ra did a great job of playing the main character. The rest of them were great in their roles too but the character of Chilbong stands out a bit more for me. I didn't feel like the writer fully utilized his character. Yoo Yeon Seok however did a splendid job with the way he played Chilbong. Applause to him for making me love him so much and making his character feel so real! Then there's Jung Woo who played Trash oppa. I failed to fully connect to his character, maybe due to the way it was written or due to the lack of acting skills of the actor. I don't know who to blame here. I honestly felt like Trash's character had more depth to him than was delivered- which is just sad.

I now understand why this drama had countless shipper wars. My biggest complaint with the love triangle was why drag it out so much when one guy didn't even stand a proper chance from the beginning? Na Jeong clearly loved one and one only from the start. I did like both guys but the outcome was too predictable. Of course, the writer tried to 'confuse' the viewers but I could easily sense the direction it was going in. Better luck next time, writer-nim!

The thing that makes this drama stand out is the band of realistic characters, their unbreakable bonds, unforgettable friendships and love for each other. Mixed in with the nostalgia of the 90's this was surely a recipe for success. I must say it delivered exceedingly well on this front.

Its other great strength lies in its deeply likable cast where there wasn't a single annoying person! Its OST is pretty good too and is sure to keep me listening for days.

Btw I HAVE to mention the cameos of the cast of Reply 97! They were so hilarious that I wanted to kick out the 94 part and let them stay instead. :D This came as a plus to me because they entered the drama right when the plot started becoming stale.

In spite of the many moments that made this drama super likable, there were an equal number of scenes during which I found myself hitting the fast forward button. Why, writer-nim could you not make this drama shorter? What made Reply 1997 work was its shorter length and ability to not drag out as much as regular dramas tend to do. This drama's duration of each of the 21 episodes made watching a tedious task. The downside of having a drama stretch more than it can eventually tires out the viewer thereby decreasing the overall enjoyment.

Had it been shorter and not as repetitive, I would have said that this drama was better than Reply 1997 in a lot of ways. It probably is. Being the same kind of story, by the end it managed to touch me and thus left me with the happy and warm feeling that it sought out to do. :)
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both stories started on shared encounters of people in a boarding or guest house and friendships and love formed. Both have a great romantic love triangle that was endearing to watch.
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They have the same atmosphere ,and somewhat feel similar ,The biggest difference is that in reply 1994 the isn`t any time travel
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    Ida 22 days ago
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    Anniee Mar 5, 2017
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    Nishat Feb 4, 2017 - edited

    I watched 1997(loved it) first and then 1988 (my favorite one) but everyone's always talking about how this one sucks compared to the other too? Should I watch it? I kind of want to because Iove the reply series but also don't want to waste my time or be bored.

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      KoriNeko18 Feb 5, 2017

      I haven't seen '88 but I watched '97 and am currently watching this one and loving it just as much <3 It's more mature than '97 overall due to the fact they're college students, but it's sweet and heartwarming, and the cast is lovable. granted I'm only 7 episodes in, but I love it. <3

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      Nishat Feb 8, 2017

      Thanks <3 I'll definitely give it a try! I do love the replay series so why not finish it up :)

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      KoriNeko18 Feb 9, 2017

      Yes! watch it and keep an open mind :) I hope you like it :D

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      Hana Feb 9, 2017

      I've seen 1997 before this; now I'm at ep.10 and I love this one so much more than 1997 :D I enjoyed that one too, but 1994 just works better for me :)
      I say give it a try, there's nothing to lose!

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    Pelin Feb 1, 2017
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    ZaneAraki Dec 31, 2016 - edited

    I enjoy this show. I haven’t watch other Reply installments, and my first exposure to this series was when I stumbled upon TVN on my tv and I happened to see some scenes of Trash and Na Jung, and scenes of Chil Bong and Na Jung. And the first impression I got was, I really like this guy (Trash), and Chil Bong is a one heck annoying guy. So that was in 2013, I guess.
    Then I decided to watch the show 3 years later, full episodes.

    Chil Bong
    And my conclusion would be, despite Chil Bong sweet and good natured personality, he’s not that interesting as a character. Throughout the show, he was captured as lonely guy coming from a broken family, and doing baseball as his escape, until he met Na Jung. I never made assured by the show, the reasoning behind his love for Na Jung. Does he love her for who she is, or he’s just trying to use her as a filling void for his ever lonely heart? As far as I could remember, throughout their interaction, it never got pass the ‘I love you for who you are’, but it’s more like ‘I love you, please love me back because I’m dying in loneliness here’. It was more like Chil Bong craving for the attention he never had from his mother, and he was trying to get it from Na Jung. So, instead of being a romantic attraction, I rather felt that it was a relationship between sister and a younger brother.

    Trash is my favorite. I love his goofiness in everything. He’s loud, ecstatic and sometimes too ignorant with his surroundings. Like, drinking expired milk without hassle? That could’ve taken a bit of practice with your agility. I l love how subtle Trash is with his feelings… I felt that in many ways, he’s much more solid in the mature department rather than Chil Bong. He’s a funny guy, but he carries burden just as much as others. I wish show could’ve shown more of his inner thoughts and also showing more of his life struggles, and yet without those, I already relate a lot with his character. He got a good amount of flaws and plus in himself, and I like what I’m seeing in the show regarding him.

    Na Jung
    Na Jung is an awesome girl and I never not root for whatever she does, except this one thing… the fact that she never responded firmly of her feelings to Chil Bong. I realized that this was due to the husband mystery game. Show wanted to keep the guessing game until the last episode, so if Na Jung were to reject clearly of Chil Bong’s advances from early episodes, I guess we’ll already know who the husband is, right? Perhaps, if Na Jung gave Chil Bong the answer, Chil Bong wouldn’t have to confess for three times in a row. So, Na Jung is a hot tempered girl and a brave one at that. Much like Trash, she’s loud and ecstatic. So what happens when Na Jung and Trash met? Explosion. Lol.

    Trash x Na Jung
    I’m sure that I’m the minority who adores Trash and Na Jung relationship, and I get that a lot. Their pairing works fantastically because first, both speak the same accent. So when I heard they both talking to each other, I just felt that they both sound so in sync. I love it when two people are in sync, because the intensity would be higher. Then they are both a loud, ecstatic, hyper and lunatic person especially when they’re interacting with each other. And the most important thing is that they like each other, so of course the interaction would be more balance and attracting toward each other. Unlike when Na Jung and Chil Bong, since it’s only Chil Bong who likes her, their interaction felt rather restrained to me, and probably because Chil Bong also tried too hard to be interesting, when yet HE WILL NEVER BE. Lol. At the same time Trash is just normally interesting without effort, so there’s the difference between them.

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    hogyu Dec 28, 2016

    I don't understand why people don't like this as much as the other Reply series, this is honestly my favourite despite the lack of my top 2 actors Seo In Guk and Ryu Jun Yeol.

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    Simona Dec 27, 2016

    Just the words "Answer me [X year]" make me so nostalgic... I can't wait to watch this

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    Bladey Nov 13, 2016 - edited

    Thrash is forever and always my treasure, I'm really happy - he is one of my most favourite belloved Korean characters. I never have enough of him, though I watched the series ages ago. This remain my favourite Reply part. <3 The story was perfect, even with long episodes I loved spending time with all of them and never missed a second, I still didn;t have enough Thrash screen time.

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    Banada6 Sep 18, 2016 - edited

    I watched reply 1997 and reply1988 and they were really good .when i started with reply 1994 i couldn't continue watching it. i think this reply is a bit boring :(

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    moonziyan Jun 21, 2016

    I AM WARNING YOU NOW. If you haven't watch Reply 1997 and you hate spoiler... DON'T WATCH THIS YET. True the story of each "REPLY" have no connection with each other but there is a cameo of Reply 1997 in this Reply 1994. I am currently in episode 17 of this drama and it shows the husband in Reply 1997. SO if you hate spoilers as much as I do, heed my warning.

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    lea Jun 16, 2016 - edited
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    manicmuse Jun 9, 2016

    What episode does the actual story start? I'm on episode 3 which has been mostly potty humor in a car, drinking games, and the longest answering machine message ever...

    If the early episodes are the good episodes, I guess I should drop this one now.

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    kingsqueen May 4, 2016
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    AsmaKhaliq Apr 24, 2016 - edited

    This one gave me a MAJOR second lead syndrome and i kinda knew that my OTP wasn't going to work and that did make me sad but beside that it was totally enjoyable. I loved the whole friendship and family theme

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    justine Apr 17, 2016

    i was not rooting for any of male leads lmao i was kinda hoping that she marrya neither but then i realized that that will totally blow off the concept of the drama ahahaha

    hilarious and cute. good watch overall


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    South Korea
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    Oct 18, 2013 to Dec 28, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 17 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 5,858 users)
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