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K-Drama School is hosted by comedian, writer and media scholar Grace Jung who analyzes a new Korean TV drama every week and contextualizes it according to its social, cultural and historical significance. Let Grace school you in K-Dramas! Visit kdramaschool.com to learn more. Follow @kdramaschool on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok!
 
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[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Curtain Call (KBS, 2022) starring Kang Ha-neul and Ha Ji-won. Grace appreciates the potential incest romance the show dangles, as well as Ha Ji-won finally playing a strong female character on TV. Grace breaks down what a classic K-drama melodrama is made of. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and Ti…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the Netflix show Somebody—a Netflix series starring Kang Hae-lim, Kim Yong-ji, Kim Soo-yeon, and Kim Young-kwang. Grace is impressed by the show’s diverse way of exploring female sexuality and agency, but questions the choice behind making the autistic character a pathological killer. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagra…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace welcomes in the Lunar New Year by setting new intentions, including always making an effort to humanity’s good even in light of the mass shooting in Monterey. Her thoughts are with her Asian American community in SoCal. Grace discusses the show Would You Like a Cup of Coffee? (2021, KakaoTV) written by Huh Young-man, Lee Ho-jo…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Inspector Koo (2021, JTBC) written by Sung Choi. Grace delves into the writer’s feminist logic behind conceptualizing Inspector Koo, inspired by the rage and sorrow over digital crimes, sex trafficking, and misogyny in Korea. Inspector Koo demonstrates how having empathy and understanding for the villain hel…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show My Unfamiliar Family (2020, tvN) written by Kim Eun-jung, and the show’s creative uses of the theme “unfamiliarity” in the context of family. Grace’s returning guest is Berlin-based comedian Tobias Hauser (@hahahouser on Instagram) and they discuss how quitting drinking changes one’s social circle, boredom, …
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Glory (2022, Netflix) written by hit-maker Kim Eun-sook in her second collaboration with Song Hye-kyo. The Glory also features Lee Do-hyun, Lim Ji-yeon, Yeom Hye-ran, and Park Sung-hoon. Grace is impressed by Song Hye-kyo’s frightening portrayal of woman obsessed with vindication, and her sensitivity in deli…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Reborn Rich (2022, JTBC) starring Song Joong-ki, Shin Hyun-been, and Lee Sung-min, and how the show has a couple of overlaps with HBO’s Succession although writer San Kyung wrote the web novel Reborn Rich a year prior to Succession airing. Grace dives into how K-dramas that display a giant ego meltdown is wh…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show My Secret Terrius (2018,MBC) starring So Ji-sub and Jung In-sun. She delves into Jung In-sun’s versatile career starting out as a child actor in some dark films like Memories of Murder by Bong John-ho and Han Gong-ju by Lee Su-Jin. Jung In-sun was also on the show Baek Jong-won’s Alley Restaurant as an emcee…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show One Ordinary Day (2021, Coupang Play) which is a show produced for streaming starring Kim Soo-hyun and Cha Seung-won. Grace discusses the metaphysical meaning behind the characters’ diseases like eczema and asthma, how the show makes hints at the 2016 Gangnam Station femicide Post-it Note protest, and the in…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Under the Queen’s Umbrella (2022, tvN) starring Kim Hye-soo, Kim Hae-sook, Choi Won-young and Moon Sang-min. Grace admires Kim Hye-soo and Kim Hae-sook’s veteran performances go head-to-head on this show. She wonders why the actor Moon Sang-min is suddenly popping off. Grace is disappointed by the soundtrack…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Moon Embracing the Sun (2012, MBC) starring Kim Soo-hyun and Han Ga-in. Grace’s guest is Berlin-based comedian Julieta Degese (@dgcjulieta on Instagram). They discuss unicorn outfits, drinking vermouth, how inflation is impacting their shopping and traveling habits, the advantages of being labeled a “bitch,”…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Was it Love? (2020, JTBC) which stars Song Ji-hyo and Son Ho-jun. She commends both actors’ versatility and mentions how the show points to the stigma that single mothers live with in Korea society. Grace also talks about where all her energy’s been focused on in the month of November. Follow @KDramaSchool o…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Avengers Social Club (2017, tvN) which stars Lee Yo-won, Ra Mi-ran, and Myung Se-bin. This is an ajumma drama based on a webtoom that was published on Daum back in 2014. Grace dives into Ra Mi-ran’s career post Reply 1988, the supreme feminism of Avengers Social Club, her love for her favorite neighborhood i…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace is back from San Diego and she’s back to drinking coffee! Grace discusses the show Tomorrow (2022, MBC) starring Kim Hee-sun, Ro-woon, Lee Soo-hyuk, Yun Ji-on and Kim Hae-sook. Grace appreciates the show’s camp aspects particularly the episode in Tomorrow with a suicidal dog while the rest of the show felt a bit redundant. Gra…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace takes a moment to reflect on the tragedy that took place in Itaewon leaving 153 people dead and many others wounded. Her thoughts are with them. Grace discusses the show My Roommate is a Gumiho (2021, tvN and iQIYI) starring Jang Ki-yong and Hyeri, and iQIYI's production on a K-drama since THAAD. She analyzes Shin Woo-yeo’s ch…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show A Gentleman’s Dignity (SBS, 2012) written by hit-maker Kim Eun-sook (Secret Garden, Descendants of the Sun, Goblin: The Lonely and Great God, etc) starring Kim Ha-neul and Jang Dong-gun. Grace admires Kim Ha-neul’s comedic performance on this show, placing her up on the mantle alongside Son Ye-jin and Jun Ji…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show The School Nurse Files (Netflix, 2020) written and directed by Lee Kyoung-mi, based on the book by Chung Serang. Lee Kyoung-mi is a fascinating auteur who brings a unique touch to all of her movies and most certainly on this drama series which unabashedly explores the realm of the gross. The School Nurse Fil…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Little Women (tvN, 2022) written by Jeong Seo-kyung who frequently collaborates with filmmaker Park Chanwook, co-writing for films like Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, I’m a Cyborg but That’s Ok, Thirst, The Handmaiden and his latest movie Decision to Leave which opens this month in US theaters. Little Women st…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Run On (JTBC, 2021) starring Shin Se-kyung and Im Si-wan. Grace comments on the difficulty of viewing Im Si-wan as a leading man in a rom-com, and how he’s better at playing weirder roles. She also mentions how Shin Se-kyung appears more connected to herself in her performance as Mi-joo in Run On which is re…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show A Model Family (2022, Netflix) which she finds lackluster due to the fact that it includes premises and topics already covered by Hollywood like Ozark and Breaking Bad. Grace questions the show’s originality and what its larger purpose is but fawns over Park Hee-soon’s impressive performance. Grace’s guest i…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Encounter (2018, tvN) written by Yoo Young-ah—the same writer of the series Thirty-Nine. Encounter stars Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum. Grace analyzes the Cinderella-story in a gender-swapped scenario wherein the woman is in a higher income bracket than the man, and what that looks like in a K-drama. Grace’s …
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Narco-Saints (2022, Netflix) which is a Netflix original K-drama written and directed by the prolific filmmaker Yoon Jong-bin. Narco-Saints stars Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Park Hae-soo, Jo Woo-jin and Yoo Yeon-seok. This episode has no guest today but Grace does chat it up with returning flashcard series …
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Start-Up (2020, tvN) starring Bae Suzy of Miss A, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho and Kang Han-na. She discusses the unconvincing love triangle in the show, wonders what Dal-mi’s real dream is, and the show’s relatable illustration of imposter syndrome among young people trying to pursue their dream career despite…
 
Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the show Another Miss Oh (AKA Another Oh Hae-young) written by Park Hae-young, who also wrote My Mister and My Liberation Notes. Grace sees a consistency in all three of Park’s shows in how they represent the patriarchy, three-sibling dynamics, and women in their 30s and 40s vulnerab…
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses Extraordinary Attorney Woo written by Moon Ji-won, and how it weaves in multiple narratives related to politics including disability, misogyny, queerness, religion, childhood, liberation, and more. Grace’s guest is Kristen Cunningham (@kris10cc on Instagram) and they discuss mothers…
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses season 1 of show Penthouse (2020, SBS) written by Kim Sook-ok, and how makjang dramas queer the moral boundary between a villain and a hero by allowing characters to change personas. Grace also compares makjang dramas’ excessiveness to German expressionist cinema. Grace’s guest is c…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Jealousy Incarnate (2016, SBS) starring Gong Hyo-jin, Jo Jung-suk and Go Kyung-pyo and how the show is based on actual people who work at SBS in the news department. Grace also talks about trying to get closer to gratitude, how she’s working on trying not to lecture so much, and how much this podcast grounds…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show My Love from the Star (2014, SBS) starring Gianna Jun (Jun Ji-hyun) and Kim Soo-hyun. Berlin-based comedian Tobias Hauser (@hahahouser on Instagram) answers a few flashcard questions based on the show off the top with hilarious answers. Grace’s guest is veteran Korean American actor and comedian Steve Park (…
 
Grace has no guest or K-drama to cover today. Instead, she does a short ASMR mukbang video with two cans of soda, talks about the state of academia today, and recommends making lists in the face of nothing mattering. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more.…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Oh My Baby (2020, tvN) starring Jang Nara, and how the show exhibits challenges faced by single women in their 30s who wish to become single mothers, as well as how the IVF laws negatively impact queer couples who wish to conceive in South Korea. Grace’s guest is LA-based actor, comedian and clown Juzo Yoshi…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Worlds Within (2008, KBS) written by Noh Hee-kyung, and how the show addresses struggles of female TV directors trying to make it in a male-dominated industry in Korea, and Noh’s meta storytelling on the show by including a writer character, and the upsides and downsides of a tightly-knit community that work…
 
No monologue or K-drama coverage today. Sorry! Let’s enjoy the long holiday weekend. Happy fourth of July. May your dogs and cats brave the fireworks. May you enjoy a wholesome time with good food, sun, and great company. Grace’s guest is Dr. Karla Jay who is Grace’s former college professor—now professor emeritus. They discuss activism in today’s …
 
Grace recommends that listeners donate to Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP) (https://wrrap.org/) to help women of low-income get abortion help. [Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Our Blues (2022, tvN). She analyzes writer Noh Hee-kyoung’s pattern of including disabilities in all her shows, the casting of differently-abled…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show My Liberation Notes (2022, JTBC) and what a spiritual experience this show has been for her, and Grace thanks her fans who wrote to her in response to her request last week. Grace’s returning guest is NY-based actress, filmmaker, web series creator and clown Hye Yun Park (@hyeyunboss on Instagram). They disc…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Matrimonial Chaos (2018, KBS), and the significance of actors Cha Tae-hyun, Bae Doona, Lee El and Son Seok-gu. Grace also does a deep-dive of the prodigal veteran actress Moon Sook and why her role as the grandmother in Matrimonial Chaos is so meaningful. Grace’s guest is LA-based actress, improv comic, arti…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace apologizes for the delayed episode. She’s in New York for film festival events and a film shoot. Things just got to be too much. Today’s show is Extracurricular (2020, Netflix). Sorry, but no monologue. She’ll make up for it next week. Grace’s guest is Chicago-based comedian Derek Strong (@epiccheatdaypodcast on Instagram). Th…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Green Mothers’ Club (2022, JTBC) and its radical feminism by displaying female sexuality in the context of motherhood but critiques the show’s shortcomings in its harsh portrayal of drug addicts and adoptees. Grace’s guest is LA-based actress and comedian Lizz Adams (@lizzparty on Instagram) who’s appeared o…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show When the Camellia Blooms (2019, KBS). She discusses her adoration for Gong Hyo-jin, Kang Ha-neul and Kim Kang-hoon and their performance. She is impressed by Im Sang-choon’s writing and his feminist sensibility as a writer. She also discusses the unfortunate stigma that single Korean mothers face. She also d…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Grace discusses the show Oh My Ghostess (2015, tvN). Grace’s guest is a SoCal-based comedian Suwon Weaver (@suwonweaver on Instagram). They talk about exercising to bring down the post-stage adrenaline, lying down on the floor, wooden Korean pillows, how dogs reset one another’s mental disturbances, unlearning learned behaviors and …
 
[Spoiler Alert] No monologue in this episode. Sorry. Grace is busy with rehearsals for an acting gig. Grace’s guest is LA-based comedian Kazu Kusano (@kazu_kus on Instagram). They discuss Kazu’s comedy beginnings in Japan, training in SF, and her one woman show which she recorded in Canada. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Vis…
 
[Spoiler Alert] No monologue is necessary in this episode. Grace’s guest is SoCal comedian/hardcore K-drama fan and discussant Walter Hong (@yellowsheki on Instagram). Grace and Walter have a deep discussion recapping Twenty-Five Twenty-One and ­Thirty-Nine. They also share some excitement over the latest new dramas by Noh Hee-kyung and Park Hae-yo…
 
[Spoiler Alert] Sorry—no monologue in this episode. Lovers in Paris (2004, SBS) is a drama written by writer Kim Eun-sook who wrote many influential shows such as Secret Garden, Descendants of the Sun, and Goblin: The Lonely and Great God. Lovers in Paris is arguably the show that became Kim’s career shifter. It stars Kim Jung-eun, Park Shin-yang a…
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the show Fashion King (2012, SBS) starring Yoo Ah-in, Shin Se-kyung, Lee Je-hoon and Kwon Yuri of Girls’ Generation written by the same creators of What Happened in Bali. Grace compares how Fashion King treats domestic products to how Now, We Are Breaking Up which explores the fashi…
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the show Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022, Netflix) starring Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, and WJSN’s Bona written by Kwon Do-eun—the creator of Search WWW. Grace analyzes Twenty-Five Twenty-One as a queer feminist text that celebrates lesbian kinship coded as female friendships. Grace decl…
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the show Thirty-Nine (2022, Netflix) starring Son Ye-jin, Jeon Mi-do and Kim Ji-hyun. Grace’s guest is Los Angeles-based comedian Neeraj Srinivasan (@mynipsdontlieon Instagram). They discuss being on the road, their love for stand-up, trial and error, being self-taught in animation,…
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the show The Silent Sea (2021, Netflix) starring Bae Doona, Gong Yoo, Lee Joon, and Kang Mal-geum. Grace discusses the multiple intertexts that The Silent Sea has of canonical films like Contagion, Armageddon, Train to Busan, Blade Runner, Tarzan and more. Grace believes Netflix’s d…
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the show Now, We Are Breaking Up (2021, SBS) starring Song Hye-kyo and Jang Ki-yong. Grace examines this show’s modernist take on female sexuality which conflicts awkwardly with the reality of romantic/sexual expectations and politics. Grace analyzes how this show does not overly fe…
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the show Dinner Mate (2020, MBC) starring Song Seung-hun and Seo Ji-hye. Grace wonders if Seo Ji-hye has the qualities of a lead actress and debates what sets apart a lead from a supporting actor using the metaphor of power divas versus pop singers. Grace’s guest is LA-based comedia…
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the show Truth (2000, MBC) starring Choi Ji-woo, Ryu Si-won and Park Sun-young. Grace sees the show from a new perspective with greater empathy for the villain’s character whose qualities are spoken for by her abusive father and fiancée. Grace’s guest is LA-based comedian Kevin Chu …
 
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the show Producers (2015, KBS), and the K-drama-hits-churning writer Park Ji-eun (My Love From the Star, Legend of the Blue Sea, and Crash Landing on You) whose writing career includes sit-coms, variety shows and talk radio before dramas. Grace gets into how Producers is self-reflex…
 
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