Reply 1988 Review: Is it Worth Watching?

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Reply is a South Korean anthology TV program. This series is directed by Shin Won-ho and it also has teleplay by Lee Woo-Jung. The show started in 2012 and the plot is based on a group of friends in different times of their lives. It explores their past and present selves. 

This show has is critically well received for its really impressive performances as well as soundtrack design. It is also researched pretty well and is full of humor. This makes it one of the best K-Dramas in Korea. Reply 1988 is set in the year 1988 and it’s season two just aired which is incredibly great. Let us see more about this show and how it is.

Review of Reply 1988

Reply 1988 is a south Korean TV series and it stars veteran actors such as  Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Ryu Jun-yeol and Lee Dong-hwi.

The show starts in the year 1988 and it has a story where 5 friends and their family live in the same community in north Seoul. The first season ran from 2015 to 2016 with 20 episodes. The show was the third installment of the Reply series.

It has received major critical acclaim and the final episode had the largest TV rating in the country of South Korea. This makes Reply the highest rated drama in Korea’s cable history. 

We are dividing this review into 3 parts: Writing/Story, Acting and Direction. So, let us begin.

Writing and Story

Reply 1988 is a very well written drama that has a plot focusing on 5 childhood friends. This group of friends and their families have struggled in different aspect of life such as work, finance, education and more. The series is very relatable and it has a really impressive direction as well. The story in this series is super relatable as well.


The acting on this show is next level. All the actors do a wonderful job to portray their characters in the show and their acting is quite natural as well. We really like the main five characters and how coolly they were portrayed in this show.


The director has done a tremendous job of making the story coherent. People can enjoy this show without using their brains too much. It is a feel good, beautifully shot show that you can really enjoy if you are feeling down.

Final Thoughts,

Overall, Reply 1988 is a very good show with a really great storyline, acting and even direction. It has got incredible reviews and a lot of people really like the overall aesthetics of the show as well. We totally recommend you to check it out.

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