A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lots of soap opera-ish drama, but it also gives a glimpse of Korean Jeju province culture in which women are are visible and strong.
Positive Role Models
Cho Eun Hye chooses not to tell the truth behind false accusations. Her sisters care about her but can be self-centered. Their mother Go Mi-ja is the clear matriarch of the family, leader of the haenyeo, and is respected.
Women are strong in this series. The cast is Korean, and there's a secondary South Asian character.
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Violence & Scariness
The death of a parent is briefly discussed. A younger Jo Jin-dal is shown working as a flight attendant and physically taking down an unruly passenger. Bullying and suicidal behavior is referenced, but with no details. Someone almost drowns.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Having a child out of wedlock is a theme. There's some romance and occasional strong innuendo that's mostly intended to be amusing.
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Words like "hell" and partial curses (like "s--t") are referenced in subtitles. A rude gesture is shown.
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Products & Purchases
Korean product brands are sometimes visible on sweatshirts.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional smoking visible, and copious amounts of beer is consumed. People get drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Welcome to Samdal-ri is a K-drama (available with English subtitles) that features lots of drinking, some smoking, and occasional strong language (which doesn't appear in the translation) and rude gestures. There are some physical altercations, arguments, suicidal references, and one episode features a near-drowning. Love, romance, marriage, friendship, and family are also themes. The death of a parent is briefly addressed.
Is It Any Good?
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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