It’s the funniest comedy series on Netflix that you don’t watch


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Kim’s Convenience follows the lives of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store in Toronto. Therefore, “Kim’s Convenience” … Geddit?

On the hunt for a new comedy series to watch, we stumbled across Kim’s Convenience a few weeks ago and having finished it earlier this week, we’re not sure what to do with ourselves.

In the age of television filled with serious drama and villainous characters, sometimes it’s nice to chill out with a silly show based on the day-to-day life of a silly family and that’s exactly what Kim’s Convenience gives you.

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee plays the role of store owner and patriarch of the Sang-Il Kim family, who have a loving (and sometimes passionate) relationship with his wife Yong-Mi Kim (Jean Yoon). He also gets along quite well with his daughter, Janet, a photography student, despite the fact that they disagree on almost everything.

Her son Jung is a different affair though, with the two having fallen years before we met the family, and the development of their relationship is one of the hooks that keep us watching. Jung works in the Handy car rental department, alongside his best friend Kimchee and a motley crew (special mention to Terence, AKA T-Bag), who toss brilliant one-liners to audiences in almost every scene.

There’s a ‘are they going, aren’t they going’ connection between Jung and his well-meaning boss Shannon, who delivers some of the show’s best lines (see the clip below but watch out for spoilers).

Kim’s Convenience’s real golden couple, however, are Sang-Il and Yong-Mi (Appa and Umma, Korean for mom and dad). Appa almost looks like a real-life Homer Simpson, with his sturdy build and thinning hair and the similarities aren’t limited to their physical appearance.

The store owner often speaks without thinking, a trait that regularly gets him in trouble with those around him, including his wife and daughter. The secondary embarrassment arises as the main players navigate family life as immigrants to one of Canada’s largest cities.

Kim’s Convenience is created by Korean-Canadian Ins Choi and many storylines are based on his own experiences. Four seasons are now available on Netflix, with a fifth to follow in due course. If you feel like the laughs are slow at first trust us it’s worth staying. Good, clean fun to get you through a few weeks of TV.

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