Sitcom: Situation comedy. Sitcom is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. In K-drama world, sitcom is not exactly sorted in the drama category considering it's genre but many of sitcom series were loved by young and old. Normally these sitcoms are seasonal with change of casts and run for a long period of time.
Many of the actors and actress we love now were loved from a sitcom in the beginning. Let's take a look at who debuted in sitcom for their acting career. It will surprise you (:
Song Seung-heon - "Three Guys, Three Girls"
The very beginning of Korea's Youth Sitcom era. It was aired from 1996 to 1999 and it is said that this sitcom was inspired from America's loved sitcom, "Friends". It is a story about 3 guys and 3 girls who live in the same housing.
Song Seung-heon took the role of handsome, popular guy who always gets in trouble because of his silly best friend. His European look combined with good boy made everyone fall in love with him.
Jang Nara - "New Nonstop"
Nonstop series have five parts. Nonstop -> New Nonstop -> Nonstop3 -> Nonstop4 -> Nonstop5 (Though the storyline connects from 1 to 3 and then it's a different story line with the 4th). It is the longest run sitcom series in Korea, aired from 2000 to 2005. Nonstop series actually produced many stars such as Jo In-sung, Jang Nara, Yang Dong-geun, Han Ye-seul, Hyun Bin, Lee Seung-gi, Han Hyo-joo, Jin Goo, Lee Yoon-ji and more.
Jang Nara & Yang Dong-geun couple was the most loved couple along with Jo In-sung & Park Kyung-rim couple in the series. Jang Nara was extremely popular after the sitcom, creating her naïve and adorable character.
Han Ye-seul - "Nonstop 4"
Like mentioned above, the 4th Nonstop series. Though, the storyline took a turn from the 4th. Han Ye-seul gained fame with this sitcom, kind of a queen bee character. Unlike her beautiful appearance, her personality is so sassy and her tone is very shrew.
She was also a vocal of a band within the sitcom and the song she sang, You are Different became so popular. She also had a love line with Hyun Bin.
Uhm Hyun-kyung - "Rainbow Romance"
Rainbow Romance is a sitcom aired in 2005, it was supposed to be Nonstop 6 but the producer wanted to make a change from the long-run sitcom and changed the name. Sadly, this was the last of the youth sitcom era as it was unsuccessful in viewer rating.
Ahh High Kick series! I dare say this is the most loved sitcom series of all time. The series goes from "High Kick!" -> "High Kick Through The Roof" -> "High Kick 3, The Short Legs Counterattack". Especially the very first "High Kick!" is so called legendary sitcom. Unlike the sitcoms before where the focus was youth themed, High Kick series re-opened the era of family themed sitcom.
Park Min-young appear as Yumi, who is a bit of a mysterious High School student.
Kim Soo-hyun - "Kimchi Cheese Smile"
This sitcom was aired in 2007, but was not as popular.
Another low rating sitcom.
"High Kick Through The Roof" is the second season of High Kick series (though, the storyline doesn't exactly connect.) and it wasn't as popular as the first season but still had many fans.
Another star born with the High Kick series! If you've been reading my articles, you will easily know that I'm a big fan of this beautiful actress. This sitcom is where it all started for my fan-ship.
Different station but same director and scriptwriter as High Kick series. Sadly, this sitcom did not gain as much fame as the High Kick series due to the over-exaggerated concept and unrealistic situation.
Even though it wasn't as popular, there's one episode that people relate to so much. Which is so called "Real Sibling Fights" episode between Seo Ye-ji and Go Kyung-pyo. From teasing to fighting to making up, everyone still talks about how real it is.
If you are looking for a light-hearted laughter and short episodes, I recommend you to watch the sitcoms! Especially the High Kick series (:
By. Lily Lee
Made in Korea, Raised in Hawaii, Living in Utah. She is an aspiring flight attendant who loves traveling as much as watching K-dramas. Historical romances are her favorite and she will forever be an IU fangirl. Lily Lee can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Actors/Actresses Who Debuted from Sitcoms"
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