If you’ve not heard of Kim’s Convenience, seriously where have you been? The show has quickly become one of my absolute favourite things to watch on good old Netflix. The series is a Canadian sitcom which follows the lives of the Kim family. They’re a Korean Canadian family who run a convenience store in Toronto. There is dad Mr Kim, also known as Appa. Then there is mum Mrs Kim better known as Umma. Next, we have the couple’s daughter Janet and their estranged son Jung.
There are also various frequently appearing side characters who are equally as awesome like Kimchee, Jung’s best bud and Shannon, Jung’s boss. If you aren’t already watching the series, seriously, get on it! I love the show and mentioned it recently in my post on tremendous Netflix shows you should watch. But why do I love it so much you ask? Well, there are three main reasons.
Mr Kim is AMAZING
You know how in certain shows there is that one character who just makes it all? Like the rest of the cast and characters are excellent but without that one person, the show just wouldn’t really work as well? Take the Big Bang Theory for example (R.I.P) without Jim Parsons playing the hilarious quirky character of Sheldon Cooper the show wouldn’t have been anywhere near as successful. Well, Mr Kim played by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is that kind of character. He makes the show have that extra something which makes it so loveable and addictive.
Now by saying that I am not suggesting that the other characters aren’t well received. I personally LOVE the cast of this show and feel like each actor and actress pulls off their part phenomenally and that is why the show works so well. They’re genuinely like a big family who gel together incredibly which only adds to the show’s success. But like I said, for me, Mr Kim is my favourite. He’s straight to the point, opinionated, blunt and incredibly funny. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee plays a damn good part.
The show showcases excellent Asian talent
It’s not often you see many Asian’s on western TV. Especially here in the UK, that is for sure. You know what? It sucks. I believe everyone should be represented well in the Western media, well in all media in fact. I am sick and tired of Asians being snubbed. One thing that especially gets me riled up is when a Western actor or actress is cast for a part of an Asian character. That really grinds my gears. But you know what? Things are changing.
The lead actress Lana Condor from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, an absolutely brilliant film taking the internet by storm, she is Asian. The cast of Crazy Rich Asians? All Asian. Kim’s Convenience? The main cast are all Asian and let me tell you, it is great to see. I feel like we are finally starting to head in the right direction when it comes to representation. Don’t get me wrong there is still a LONG way to go and this is just the first baby step but nevertheless, it is a step in the right direction.
It is heartwarming
And the third and final reason why I think Kim’s Convenience is awesome? It is heartwarming. There are various scenes in which you see the family show love and affection for one and other. This is honestly so lovely. If you’re ever feeling down in the dumps and as if the world is all doom and gloom, pop a couple of episodes of Kim’s Convenience on. It’ll make you giggle and warm your heart. Genuinely yet to come across anyone who doesn’t just adore this excellent show.
Are you a Kim’s Convenience fan? What character would you most like to meet and have dinner with?