Kim's Convenience


I am now two episodes into season 2 of this surprisingly funny sitcom that originally aired on a Canadian channel called CBC. This caustic comedy about a Korean family running a convenience store in downtown Toronto is unlike anything I've seen in quite awhile though there is some inspiration from classic television going on here. The father (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and the mother (Jean Yoon) are sort of a contemporary Korean version of Archie and Edith Bunker. The father is a bigoted know-it-all but Mom is the real strength and wisdom of the family. They have a daughter named Janet (Andrea Bang) who is photography major in college, trying to exert her independence over her parents and banging her head against the wall trying to make sure dad knows that she has no desire to take over the store someday. They also have a son named Jung (Simu Liu) a hunky but empty headed stud with a questionable past who is estranged from his parents and is getting his life back on track working at a car rental agency where he and his boss, Shannon (Nicole Power) are seriously attracted to each other but fighting it with every fiber of their being. Jung has a wisecracking best friend (Andrew Phung) and there are a couple of store regular customers dropping by offering dad free unsolicited advice about his business and his family. I really thought I was going to hate this, but this show is really funny...fresh and smart, with some really edgy writing at times. If you're looking for something different...

"Money won is twice as sweet as money earned."

I love that show. It's one of those shows in which the humor springs from the character's personalities and is based on a play that featured the same actors as Mr. and Mrs. Kim. I discovered it on Netflix and I'm hoping they will show its third season, which aired in Canada. A fourth season is being filmed.