Reply 1997

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  • 2012
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (2,415)

Reply 1997 is a television drama series that aired on tvN from 2012 to 2013. The show follows a group of high school friends in the year 1997 as they navigate the ups and downs of adolescence, first love, and the rapidly changing landscape of South Korea in the late 90s.

The show stars Eun-ji Jung as Sung Shi-won, a spunky and headstrong teenager who is the undisputed queen of her high school. Seo In-Guk plays Yoon Yoon-jae, Shi-won's childhood friend and secret crush who is the only one who can keep up with her quick wit and sharp tongue. Hoya rounds out the trio as Kang Joon-hee, a sweet and sensitive boy who is struggling to come to terms with his own identity and feelings.

As the show progresses, we see the characters grow and change as they face tough choices and heartbreaks. We watch as Shi-won and Yoon-jae's relationship evolves from friendship to something more, while Joon-hee grapples with the fact that he might be gay in a society that doesn't fully accept homosexuality. Along the way, they are supported by a cast of lovable friends and family members who provide both comic relief and emotional support.

One of the things that sets Reply 1997 apart from other dramas is its incredible attention to detail. The show is set in a specific time and place and does an excellent job of capturing the atmosphere and culture of South Korea in the late 90s. From the music to the fashion to the slang, everything feels authentic and true to life.

In addition to the setting, the show also explores a number of important social and cultural issues. It deals with everything from the school system and dating norms to the rise of the internet and the Korean Wave (a term used to describe the global popularity of Korean pop culture). Through the characters' experiences, we get a glimpse into what life was like for young people in South Korea during this time period.

Of course, at its heart, Reply 1997 is a love story. Shi-won, Yoon-jae, and Joon-hee's intertwined relationships are the driving force of the show, and viewers will find themselves rooting for their favorite couples throughout the series. But what makes the show so compelling is that it doesn't shy away from the messy, complicated realities of love. There are plenty of ups and downs, misunderstandings and miscommunications, and moments of heartbreak and joy.

Overall, Reply 1997 is a well-written, well-acted drama that captures the essence of a very specific time and place in South Korean history. It's a must-watch for fans of romantic comedies, coming-of-age stories, and anyone who wants a glimpse into what life was like in the late 90s. Highly recommended!

Reply 1997 is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on July 24, 2012.

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The reason why first loves don't last
16. The reason why first loves don't last
September 18, 2012
It is March of 2013, and Shi-won's parents nervously pace the hall of a hospital, awaiting the doctor's news regarding the birth of their grandchild. When the doctor appears, she has no news for them. She does, however, have a question. Where, and who, is Shi-won's husband?
While I loved you
15. While I loved you
September 11, 2012
Yoo-jung receives the happiest surprise of her life when Hak-chan introduces her to his parents as his girlfriend. Shi-won causes a brotherly quarrel between Yoon-jae and Tae-woong who both confess they love her. Tae-woong lets Yoon-Jae pursue things, but if he fails, Tae-Woong gets a chance to capture her heart.
Love is ordered by the heart
14. Love is ordered by the heart
September 4, 2012
Sung-jae gets relief from his demanding servant job when Hak-chan and Yoo-jung visit to take him hiking. He thanks Hak-chan for the special video that made him so popular on the job. Seems Hak-chan studied more than PG-13 films in Hawaii. Shi-won, meanwhile, decides between Tae-woong and Yoon-jae.
Later... No, now.
13. Later... No, now.
September 4, 2012
It is 2005 and Yoon-jae is a successful judge. Tae-woong is a billionaire who fancies returning to teaching. Yoo-jung teaches kindergarten while Hak-chan pursues film studies. Joon-hee is a successful medical intern and Sung-jae is a successful public servant. Shi-won's whereabouts, however, are a mystery.
The meaning of hands
12. The meaning of hands
August 28, 2012
Yoo-jung and Shi-won are busy trying on hair clips when Hak-chan passes by, walking with Dan ji. Shi-won insists Hak-chan only has eyes for Yoo-jung, but Yoo-jung transports herself outside immediately to confront them. Shi-won packs her H.O.T. posters for college in Seoul while Tae-woong buys a ring.
The fairness of relationships
11. The fairness of relationships
August 28, 2012
Shi-won's parents, unaware of her secret night job, leave for a cruise. Dad is nervous and, knowing crime is on the rise, recommends Yoon-jae stay over. She rejects the idea until the night a stranger follows her home from work. She frantically dials Yoon-jae, but the line is busy.
The reason why I like you
10. The reason why I like you
August 21, 2012
The boys and girls get together for an evening out at an underage nightclub. Joon-hee performs a dance routine on stage. The routine makes Shi-won and Yoo-jung squeal at their fangirl-best, but Joon-hee is less interested in impressing girls and more interested in impressing Yoon-jae with his skills.
The thread of fate
9. The thread of fate
August 21, 2012
Yoon-Jae winds up giving the puppy to a delighted Joon-hee while Tae-woong, recently resigned from teaching, bums around the house not knowing what to do with all his free time. Shi-won sports a ridiculous, trendy hairdo, one her father promises to pay her to re-do.
8. D-day
August 14, 2012
It is a countdown to personal D-Days. In the present, there are 200 days remaining until Tae-woong finds out if he will become the next president. In the past, one day remains before Yoon-Jae plans to pledge his love, and a puppy, to an already-taken Shi-won.
Future hopes
7. Future hopes
August 14, 2012
Shi-won's grades threaten to keep her out of college. She deals with this by creating fanfic and has several avid online followers. When the teacher embarrasses her by reading a juicy, romantic H.O.T. fantasy of hers in class, she ends up getting an invitation to enter a writing contest.
Love makes you do things you've never done
6. Love makes you do things you've never done
August 7, 2012
After surgery, Shi-won's father complains about his ajumma-packed hospital room and waits anxiously for the results. Shi-won gets into a fan-girl brawl over the use of a classroom VCR. It starts out innocently, but turns serious enough for Yoon-jae to be called away from a basketball game to help.
Life's counterattack
5. Life's counterattack
August 7, 2012
Shi-won and her parents get into a fender-bender. Her parents seize the opportunity to fake injuries in front of the other driver. They end up in the hospital as a precaution, but while Shi-won's father receives the all-clear as far as injuries go, he also receives a startling diagnosis.
Fair play
4. Fair play
July 31, 2012
It's the big day of the Korea-Japan World Cup qualifying game. Everyone gathers in front of the television. No one, not even a roach, is outside, Sung-Jae observes. Shi-won admittedly forgets to place the fried chicken order, so it looks like everyone, including roaches, will watch the game hungry.
What you see is not everything
3. What you see is not everything
July 31, 2012
Shi-won boldly ventures to Seoul with other H.O.T. devotees. One fan is missing. That person is Yoo-jung, who betrayed Shi-won by converting to the Sechskies. Shi-won meets her idol, Tony, only to arrive home where the punishment for her follies is a short, ragged haircut.
Becoming more and more different
2. Becoming more and more different
July 24, 2012
A flashback to 1997 reveals Shi-won disappointing her father with a terrible report card. She is 48th in a class of 48 students. Those monkey-faced performers have done it this time! Her father tears H.O.T. posters from her wall and threatens to adopt her friend, the recently circumcised, Yoon-jae.
1. Eighteen
July 24, 2012
It is time to go back to 1997 with several friends who are meeting for their high school reunion. Shi-won performs an oldie by karaoke in front of her parents. She can hardly believe it has been fifteen years since she and her friends swooned over every member of H.O.T.
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Reply 1997 is available for streaming on the tvN website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Reply 1997 on demand at and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 24, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (2,415)