Reply (TV series)

Reply (Korean응답하라; RREungdapara) is a South Korean anthology television series directed by Shin Won-ho with teleplay by Lee Woo-jung that premiered in 2012 on cable network tvN.[1] It revolves around a group of friends, as the timeline moves back and forth between their past and present selves.[2][3]

Written byLee Woo-jung (season 1-3)
Lee Sun-hye (season 1)
Kim Ran-joo (season 1)
Directed byShin Won-ho
StarringSee below
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes57 +3 special
(as of January 16, 2016)
Production company(s)CJ E&M, tvN
DistributorCJ E&M, tvN
Original networktvN
Original releaseJuly 24, 2012 (2012-07-24) –
Korean name
Revised RomanizationEungdapara

The series received acclaim from critics for its performances and soundtrack in addition to being a well-researched production full of humor and heart.[4][5] It has also recorded consistent high audience ratings with Reply 1988 peaking at 18.8% nationwide, making it the (currently fourth) highest rated drama in Korean cable television history.[6][7][8]


Season 1: Reply 1997Edit

Set in the 1990s, the drama centers around a female high school student Shi Won, who idolizes boyband H.O.T. and her 5 high school friends in Busan. As the timeline moves back and forth between their past as 18-year-old high schoolers in 1997 and their present as 33-year-olds at their high school reunion dinner in 2012, one couple will announce that they're getting married.[9]

Season 2: Reply 1994Edit

Set in 1994, six university students from various provincial areas live together at a boarding house in Sinchon, Seoul, run by a couple with a daughter named Na Jung. The timeline moves back and forth between the past in 1994 and the present in 2013, making the viewers guess who will become Na Jung's husband among the male characters.[10] The series follows the pop culture events that happened between 1994 and the years that follow, including the emergence of seminal K-pop group Seo Taiji and Boys and the Korean Basketball League.[11]

Season 3: Reply 1988Edit

Set in the year 1988, it revolves around five friends and their families living in the same neighborhood of Ssangmun-dong, Dobong District, Northern Seoul.[12] Five childhood friends, who all live in the same Ssangmundong neighborhood of Seoul, lean on each other to survive their challenging teen years and set a path for their futures. Sung Deok Sun (Lee Hye-ri) struggles for attention as the middle child in her poor family while also carrying the burden of her 989th ranking in school. Kim Jung Hwan (Ryu Jun-yeol) only has a one-track mind for soccer, even after his family becomes rich overnight. Sung Sun Woo (Go Kyung-pyo) is the perfect student, student council president and a caring and dependable son in his family. Ryu Dong Ryong (Lee Dong-hwi) is a geek who knows more about girls and life than the rest of his friends, but his poor academic score prevents him from being able to go to college. Choi Taek (Park Bo-gum) is a genius baduk player who dropped out of school to go professional.


Reply 1997 leads
Jung Eun-ji
Seo In-guk
Reply 1994 leads
Go Ara
Jung Woo
Reply 1988 leads
Lee Hye-ri
Park Bo-gum
Actor Season
Reply 1997 Reply 1994 Reply 1988
2012 2013 2015–2016


Jung Eun-ji  Y  Y1
Seo In-guk  Y  Y1
Hoya  Y  Y1
Shin So-yul  Y  Y1
Eun Ji-won  Y  Y1
Lee Si-eon  Y  Y1
Go Ara  Y  Y1
Jung Woo  Y  Y1
Yoo Yeon-seok  Y
Kim Sung-kyun  Y  Y2
Son Ho-jun  Y
Baro  Y
Min Do-hee  Y
Lee Hye-ri  Y
Park Bo-gum  Y
Go Kyung-pyo  Y
Ryu Jun-yeol  Y
Lee Dong-hwi  Y
Sung Dong-il  Y  Y  Y
Lee Il-hwa  Y  Y  Y
Song Jong-ho  Y
Noh Ji-yeon  Y
Jung Kyung-mi  Y
Kim Sun-ah  Y
Yook Sung-jae  Y
Shin Soo-yeon  Y
Yoon Jong-hoon  Y
Yeon Joon-seok  Y
Ryu Hye-young  Y
Choi Sung-won  Y
Ra Mi-ran  Y
Ahn Jae-hong  Y
Kim Sun-young  Y
Kim Seol  Y
Choi Moo-sung  Y
Yoo Jae-myung  Y
Lee Min-ji  Y
Lee Se-young  Y
Song Young-kyu  Y
Lee Mi-yeon  Y
Kim Joo-hyuk  Y
Jeon Mi-seon  Y
Woo Hyun  Y1
Yong Young-jae  Y
Bae Yoo-ram  Y
  • 1 Cameo appearance only.
  • 2 Supporting character.


  1. ^ "[Oh!쎈 수다①]신원호 "'응팔', 꼴도 보기 싫었지만 끝낼 수 없었죠"(창간 12주년 특집)" (in Korean). 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  2. ^ "[Oh!쎈 수다③]신원호 "박보검, 그만 좀 연락하길~"(창간 12주년 특집)" (in Korean). 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  3. ^ "[Oh!쎈 수다②]신원호 "배우들 다 잘 됐는데 '응팔' 저주?"(창간 12주년 특집)" (in Korean). 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  4. ^ "The Power of Pop Culture in "Reply 1988"". The New Yorker.
  5. ^ 입력 : 2016-10-10 [01:44:25] 수정 : 2016-10-12 [13:15:34]. "부산일보". Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  6. ^ "'tvN시상식' 진짜 주인공은 나영석·신원호PD" (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  7. ^ "Reply 1988 Writes Cable Television History". Stoo Asaie.
  8. ^ "January 16, 2016 Nationwide Cable Ratings". Nielsen Korea. 1st (tvN) 응답하라1988<본> 18.803%
  9. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (14 July 2012). "New drama to tackle obsessed fans". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  10. ^ Chung, Ah-young (November 25, 2013). "Going retro". The Korea Times. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  11. ^ "Casting call for sequel of Reply 1997 revealed". The Korea Herald. June 21, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  12. ^ "Reply 1988 ready to captivate viewers". The Korea Times. September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015.

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