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Welcome to Samdal-ri

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun K-drama has drinking, smoking, romance, humor.

TV Netflix Drama 2023
Welcome to Samdal-ri TV show poster: Jo Sam Dal and Cho Yong Pil sit outside looking up at sky.

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The compelling K-drama is easy to get caught up in thanks to a well-written and well-produced mixture of romance, humor, and local tradition. Set in Jeju Island, Welcome to Samdal-ri highlights the strong matriarchal culture associated with the haenyeo (aka "sea women" or female free divers whose trade is to harvest sea life from the ocean), which creates a female-centered universe from which the story is told. Meanwhile, both Cho Eun Hye/Jo Sam Dal (Shin Hye-sun) and Cho Yong Pil (Ji Chang-wook), both of whom are children of haenyeo, are also negotiating the consequences of leaving this community in subtle ways. But Welcome to Samdal-ri still offers lots of expected semi-operatic twists and turns, as well as flashbacks that contextualize contemporary events, all of which makes it a fun, bingeworthy series.

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