By Joly Herman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Funny series about K-Drama and fans has some violence.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some references to modern and historical Korean culture.
Work hard and stay focused. Be present, even if being present feels boring. Allow yourself to be surprised. Follow your heart. Trust your instincts. Be brave. Allow yourself to fall in love. Learn new things.
Positive Role Models
Characters have to work together to solve problems; they care for each other.
Much of the drama takes place in a fictional world called "Dramaworld," where everything plays out like a K-Drama. Many characters speak Korean, some speak both English and Korean; there is a Black main character and a White main character. Women have voice, agency, and strong opinions.
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Violence & Scariness
Season 2 is more violent than the first season. There are fist fights and beatings, vampires that suck blood, and were-tigers who ravage farm animals. Threats of violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Shower scenes where a leading man is naked from the torso up, which women watch on TV, ogling his physique.
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Moderate use of language includes: "hell," "s--t," "f--k," "bulls--t," damn," "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Some product placement for Korean alcohol brands, Korean skin care.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes, get drunk on beer and soju (Korean spirits). There's drunken behavior-- bravado and risk-taking -- and some people in restaurants have passed out at their tables.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dramaworld is a parody that roasts Korean dramas while shining a fond light on their best qualities. There's a sci-fi element to the show that allows characters to travel between worlds. The second season is more violent than the first -- it features vampires, were-tigers, gangsters, and an aspiring arch villain who wants to rule Dramaworld. There are also fist-fights that get ugly, vampires who suck blood, and were-tigers who eat livestock. Alcohol is prevalent; adults drink wine, soju, and beer. Characters smoke cigarettes. Language includes "f--k," "damn." In the U.S. version, characters speak both Korean (with English subtitles) and in English.
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What's the Story?
In DRAMAWORLD Claire Duncan (Liv Hewson, Santa Clarita Diet) works at her dad's sandwich shop, but just can't get into the groove of her life the way she gets invested in the lives of her favorite K-Drama characters. When a freak accident transports her into a different world, Claire soon discovers she's visiting a place where K-Drama happens all of the time -- in fact, it's the universe where K-Drama happens with K-Drama rules. Another visitor to Dramaworld named Seth (Justin Chon, Blue Bayou) knows the way things work and shows Claire around. But are things the way they seem? What happens when Claire gets involved with the inhabitants of Dramaworld?
Is It Any Good?
What works best in this series is the tongue-in-cheek parody of the perfect K-Drama world--and its rabid fans. The first season of Dramaworld was aired in 2016 in 10-minute episodes that used the short format to dramatic effect. The story was told succinctly, the punchlines were funny, and the cliffhangers were copious. The second season uses a longer format, delving into the sci-fi element of the show a little more deeply.
The romance feels juicy, and the comedy can be very funny. When it takes itself too seriously, the show loses momentum. Teens and adult fans of K-Drama or parodies will enjoy engaging with this outside/inside take on a genre with a very devoted following.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about alcohol and tobacco use in Dramaworld. How much do you think is appropriate?
A character's father tells her she's watching too much K-Drama and that she should focus on people around her. How do you know if your screen time is too much?
This show makes fun of the perfect lives that characters inhabit in K-Drama. Is there perfection in your life? What does it look like?
- Premiere date: February 21, 2022
- Cast: Sean Dulake
- Network: Amazon Prime Video
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: April 21, 2022
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