This lockdown has actually made me watch way too many Netflix series from the beginning to the end in an incredibly short amount of time.
Kim’s Convenience was one of those shows that you can put on and just watch without using too much brainpower. There’s no complex plot and each episode only loosely relates to the next. Not to say you can watch any episode out of order, but you can grab a friend to watch say Season 3, episode 7 and they won’t be bugging you TOO much throughout it.
If you like sitcoms, you’re gonna like this one. An easy watch with short and snappy 20 minute episodes with an Asian cast.
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Kim’s Convenience follows the Kim family. “Appa” and “Umma” (father and mother in Korean), own a convenience store in Toronto, Canada. With two grown-up kids Janet and Jung who grew up in Canada.
We meet all sorts of people throughout this series. Jung works in a car rental store called Handy with his bestie, Kimchee. Handy has an array of personalities within from the bubbly yet a little bit awkward store manager, Shannon, through to the complete nerd-type, Terence.
Janet is a photography student at University – and for some reason, this aspect is forever poked at. Umma and Appa, being your traditional ‘Asian’ parents, see no real future in the world of arts and Umma has an obvious bias for Jung – although he is a high school drop out with a looming criminal record for something he did when he was really young. It makes no sense but perfect sense at the same time.
That’s family dynamics for ya. Oh, and did I mention Jung ran away when he was young and hasn’t spoken to Appa for years? Well, there’s that too.
There’s no real way for me to ‘review’ this series – as it is 4 seasons long (so far) and is filled with various storylines. All I can really say is that it is a great show with niche references for Asian-American’s at large. From unreasonable and traditional Asian parents through to “only I can say that because I’m Asian” scenarios.
I’d be lying if I didn’t feel a sense of sadness when I watched the final episode of Season 4. I mean, I’ve committed a pretty big chunk of my time to this series… what am I going to do now? I can’t just “Okay, see you” this? I’m going to miss sitting on the couch and knowing exactly what I am going to be putting on as I eat – nothing is worse than watching your food go cold while you’re stressfully scrolling through the THOUSANDS of shows on Netflix.
So, Netflix, save me and my cold food – when’s Season 5 coming out?