Kim's Convenience

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Smart, fun, diverse Canadian show addresses social issues.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

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Positive Messages

Themes range from holding on to Korean traditions and values to broader social issues like racial profiling, bigotry, and discrimination. Family, friendship, adapting to changing world are also addressed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Kims are doting parents. Mr. Kim is gruff, blunt, often difficult, but can also be thoughtful, kind, accepting. 


Yelling and slamming doors during arguments is frequent. Jung has a checkered juvenile past that includes theft. 


Men shown awkwardly in their underwear. In one episode an artistic image features images of bare bottoms. Conversations about getting married and having children are frequent. Sometimes words like "slut" and other comments that can be interpreted as innuendo are common. 


"Pissed," occasional curses like "s--t," "f--k." 


Handy Car Rental featured. Pepsi, Hostess, Old Dutch, Dairy Milk, Coke, Pepsi, and other brands visible, but not in a commercial context. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some beer drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kim's Convenience is a popular Canadian series that revolves around a Korean Canadian family and uses this premise to address issues like racial profiling, discrimination, and other contemporary social issues. There's some occasional strong language (including a few curse words), and some sexual innuendo. Conversations about getting married and having children are common, and in one episode bare bottoms are visible in an artistic photograph. Beer drinking is visible. This is a great show for families with teens to start conversations about diversity, the immigrant experience, and loving family. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byracer1010 June 20, 2020

Funny and great to watch together

I found this show on Netflix and checked it out. First few episodes were really funny and thought my 11yo daughter would enjoy the humor. i am surprised it is... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybellaeilish April 20, 2020

Good show but has some suggestive content

This show is pretty good if you give the first season a chance, because it starts out a bit slow. This is rated TV MA because of the curse words and it is stron... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byToTally_CooL January 20, 2021

Funny Show

This is a funny show. I like it and other than language I don't see any problem with a child under 11 watching it. Me and my mom watched it when I was 12 t... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on Ins Choi's 2011 stage play of the same name, KIM'S CONVENIENCE is a comedy series that centers on the daily life of a Korean Canadian convenience store owner in the diverse city of Toronto, Canada. Mr. Kim (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) lives above his store with his wife (played by Jean Soon) and their adult daughter, Janet (Andrea Bang), who's an aspiring photographer. Also close by is their estranged son, Jung (Simu Liu), who hasn't spoken to Appa (Korean for "father") since he was 16, but remains close to Umma ("mother") and his sister. The elder Kims work hard to maintain their Christian Korean values but consistently find themselves negotiating their customs and beliefs with the modern Canadian world, especially when it comes to their children, and at times, their customers. 

Is it any good?

This sharp, well-written series uses humor as a way of commenting on contemporary social issues, ranging from racial profiling and misconceptions about the LGBTQ community to coping with the assimilation of their children. Mr. Kim, as the family patriarch, plays a central part in this, bluntly offering often misguided perspectives. But his approach isn't cruel, and despite his gruff, outspoken ways, he's often a man who is simply unfamiliar with, but sincerely not opposed to, what's happening around him. 

While some may find the show somewhat stereotypical (especially when it comes to Appa and Umma's accents), the main characters are not caricatures. Instead, they are well-developed personages that both reflect and challenge multiple facets of the contemporary Korean Canadian experience. The punchlines aren't excessive, either. It's maybe because of this that Kim's Convenience lacks the edginess prevalent in popular U.S. comedies, especially those that address similar themes. Nonetheless, it's both entertaining and thoughtful.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the immigrant experience in Canada vs. in the United States. Are there differences between the way immigrants are received in Canada vs. the United States? In which country is it easier for people from other countries to assimilate? Why?

  • Does Kim’s Convenience reinforce generalizations, or does it defy them? If viewers with backgrounds or experiences similar to the show's characters can identify with them or their behavior, does this make it any less stereotypical

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