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Mr. Kim offers a gay discount; Mrs. Kim tries to find a cool, Christian-Korean boyfriend for Janet.

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Mr. Kim and Janet compete to see who is the better photographer; Jung applies for a promotion and Mrs. Kim and Kimchee are surprisingly affected.

Edited by The Crazed Spruce. Reason: Premiere date bumped ahead due to Blue Jays wildcard game
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I liked the show, but the accents were way over the top.  Maybe that will moderate more as the series goes on.  Appa seemed to like the trans person better than any of the gays.

Edited by atomationage. Reason: trans
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I thought they did a good job with the family relationships in this one.  Appa is probably going to be an old softie in a few more episodes.  I also wonder where his parents are.  He's not that old. 

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I liked it, cool to see Toronto. I liked the drag queen. Always nice to see something canadian while waiting for schitts creek.

Edited by cleo. Reason: eta actually all the store walkins were interesting
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Mr. Kim is frustrated with Frank the repairman; Janet's cousin Nayoung visits; when Jung takes Shannon to a baseball game, he wonders if she thinks it's a date.

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Mr. Chin asks Mr. Kim to be his wingman; Janet asks Jung to fix a leaky pipe, but an intruder interrupts the repair.

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Finally got to watch this and couldn't get past the first 10 minutes. Which is a real shame because I adore the play this is based on and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee has the role of a lifetime in Appa. Please tell me it got better.

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Mr. Kim tries to prove that ``best before'' dates mean nothing; Mrs. Kim's own children embarrass her at the church bazaar.

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Mr. Kim offers the new female pastor some free items, which tests his and Mrs. Kim's relationship; Jung tries to be okay when Janet dates his friend.

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Looks like this ep will be aired next Tuesday; tonight's was one about the new female pastor. I have to admit I laughed out loud at Mr Kim's citation of chapter and verse "The Bible, something:something". I have seen the female pastor before -- one of the lesbian mothers from Seed and also a part in an ep of Orphan Black I think?

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I know it doesn't get much traffic here, but I hope the series is doing well enough to garner a second season. Each episode is better than the last! And I just love Appa so much!

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2 hours ago, SomeTameGazelle said:

Looks like this ep will be aired next Tuesday; tonight's was one about the new female pastor. 

So it would seem. Editing the original post.

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On 2016-11-30 at 0:39 AM, 17wheatthins said:

I know it doesn't get much traffic here, but I hope the series is doing well enough to garner a second season. Each episode is better than the last! And I just love Appa so much!

It's not for everyone, but I find it hilarious!

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I keep trying the show and have only gotten through one episode.  I find the son the most interesting character and not just because the show seems to consider it a challenge as to how tight they can make his work pants. 

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I find the son the most interesting character and not just because the show seems to consider it a challenge as to how tight they can make his work pants. 

I assume he wears pants to work because I have never been alarmed to see him naked from the waist down, but I could not have told you whether they were too tight or too loose. I do have a dim memory of him taking off his shirt.

This was the first episode where Shannon really clicked for me -- previously I felt like I knew intellectually what she was doing but I couldn't warm to her. But I loved the way she stumbled over her story and got tangled up in admitting that she had been talking about herself.

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Mr. Kim fixes a broken toilet for Kimchee; Jung hides out with Shannon; when Edwin drops by, Janet believes there's more to his relationship with Mrs. Kim.

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Before Janet can reveal her big news, she must survive the family singing festival at church; Mr. Kim gets attention for his new SUV.

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Season 2 premiere on Tuesday, September 26!

2.01: Janet's Roommate

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Appa and Umma encourage Janet to stay home when her plans to move hit a snag; Kimchee tells Jung to make a move on Shannon.

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I just viewed all the eps of this show this week. I really enjoyed it. Glad the got a second season. 

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Season 2, Episode 2: "Business Award" (October 3, 2017)

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An award comes between App and Umma; Shannon begins biking to work; Janet and Gerald have their first argument as roommates.

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Aw, I'm liking this. It doesn't hurt that I spent two years in South Korea and there's a bit of nostalgia here for me. Also doesn't hurt that Jung is very, very nice to look at. Shannon and I are one here.

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On 10/13/2016 at 6:36 PM, PRgal said:

The show has way, way, too many FOB jokes.  It gets boring. 

I know. I'm not sure if the show is funny or if the show creators are serious or even if a father like Mr. Kim still exists...

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I'm ganna piggyback on my previous post.

How old is Appa supposed to be?! The actor who plays him was born in 1972, seven years after I was. Granted, there is /some/ culture difference, but it's like he's a Korean parent from a generation earlier...

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The series is based on a wildly successful play written by Ins Choi. I think it’s fairly autobiographical. 

I am pretty sure Mr. Kim is supposed to be in his late-ish 40s. The character was born in South Korea and emigrated to Canada probably sometime in the 80s. 

:-)

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4 hours ago, 17wheatthins said:

The series is based on a wildly successful play written by Ins Choi. I think it’s fairly autobiographical. 

I am pretty sure Mr. Kim is supposed to be in his late-ish 40s. The character was born in South Korea and emigrated to Canada probably sometime in the 80s. 

Here is how Ins Choi describes it:

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It’s not directly based on my experience, but I studied acting and the arts like Janet—the daughter in the show, who is a photographer—so there’s a parallel there. My dad is a great storyteller and funny, but he’s very soft spoken and not nearly as opinionated or brash as Appa, Janet’s father on the show. It’s more from my observations of my dad’s friends, the older men at church or sleeping over at the houses of friends whose families owned Korean stores.

I think it's a fair criticism that Appa (especially in the early episodes which are closer to the stage play) seems like he has characteristics from an older generation. I am not sure how old Ins Choi's parents would be, but if he drew inspiration from "older men" as well there could be a generational disconnect. 

ETA: Also keeping in mind that Ins is older than Janet and Jung (whom he played onstage) and it took 5 years to go from play to series. It's common for parents and grandparents in media to reflect the generation of the creator more than contemporary generations.

Edited by SomeTameGazelle. Reason: Afterthought.
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I watched both seasons in a glorious week. I spent so much time with the Kim family they felt like my own family. I found this show utterly delightful, and some hamminess that bothered me a little at the beginning (Appa and Shannon and Kimchee) mellowed as I grew to love the characters. And Andrea Bang is a standout as Janet. She seemed so real to me.

I can’t wait to see Season 3! 

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I loved it... but it reminded me a lot of my family (and I'm in my 40's), so yes, Appa is a bit old fashioned.  I couldn't help but think about the wrongful arrest for Jung at the convenience store and how different it may have gone in the US- the cop even apologized!

It's a cute show that I can watch with my kids... a rarity.  

The episode with the bratty child of the art teacher had us all up in arms. I couldn't believe she didn't at least pay for the crap that kid ate.  

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I love the show as I feel the characters play the humor off of each other well. The story lines may come off as silly most of the time, but that is what the show is suppose to be. I love the interactions between Appa and his daughter. It sometimes reminds me of my own relationship with my dad and how we interact sometimes. We are Canadian and although not Korean but we are Iranian which I can make some similar comparisons at times. 

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