Wie Dae Han is an ex-lawmaker and is a materialistic kind of politician. He wants to get elected as lawmaker again. One day, 18-year-old girl Da Jung comes to him. She tells him that he is her real father. Her mother raised four children, including Da Jung, alone, but she died in a hit-and-run accident. Da Jung is the only one now taking care of her 3 younger siblings. Wie Dae Han accepts Da Jung and her 3 younger siblings. He carries out “The Great Show” to become a lawmaker again. (Source: AsianWiki) Edit Translation
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I actually only watched this drama because of Lee Sun Bin. I am a big fan of Running Man, and Lee Kwang Soo, a member of Running Man, is Lee Sun Bin's boyfriend. Prior to The Great Show, I watched 38 Task Force (Lee Sun Bin was also in this drama); 38 Task Force was a great drama (though it has nothing to do with the great show I just wanted to share), a drama about a group of people making the world a better place with the use of their conning skills. Another Drama, My Fellow Citizens, is a bit similar to both dramas mentioned above; there's conning involved also the main protagonist is trying to get into the national assembly.
To cut down to the chase, I was disappointed with The Great Show. The main selling point of this drama is the character development, and they did a fairly good job portraying that. But what was lacking for me was the overall impact of the story. Watching this drama didn't keep me glued to my seat, but rather I wanted the drama to finish quickly just so I can witness how everything ends. And to my disappointment, even the ending was not satisfying, to say the least; I dare say that the entire plot was worthless because of the ending. The writer tried to make a happy ending where every character had a happy ending with the expense of the main protagonist's childhood dream. All in all, this isn't a drama you should watch if you want a story you could connect with, it's more of a drama you could choose if there's barely any left for you to watch.
I have no idea why this is higher than My Fellow Citizens, or why My Fellow Citizens has such a low rating to be more specific. My Fellow Citizens was a lot funnier than the Great Show, and the plot was a lot more intriguing.
What was nice and entertaining about this show was the family. They created a nice family environment, with a nice web of human relationships. The character development was pretty good and well made as well, with the switch from career goals to family goals for the main character. The performances were really good too.
However, the story was predictable and so the twists were easy to guess. It was also a plot that has been made into a drama countless of times, just with a few other genres in the mix. The pace got slower towards the ending and so there were some boring scenes.
So, overall, five out of ten.