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An Illinois bar owner is under investigation for a two-way mirror installed in the ladies room at his club after a visiting comedian posted a YouTube clip detailing how she discovered it.

Chief of Police James Ritz told FoxNews.com that his team conducted interviews with patrons of Cigars and Stripes BBQ, Bar & Lounge in Berwyn, outside of Chicago, and it appears that no laws have been broken.

"We’re doing everything we can to make sure no one's personal privacy has been violated," Ritz said.

Tamale Sepp, who goes by the stage name Tamale Rocks, noticed something amiss while using the ladies room. What appeared to be a regular full-length mirror hanging inside the bathroom turned out to be a two-way mirror leading to a utility closet in the back of the bar. Outraged, the comedian took a video of her discovery, which she posted to YouTube on Sunday.

“Here you will see a clear view of the toilet where ladies relieve themselves at the establishment,” says the comedian as she films from inside the cleaning supply closet, showing how a patron or employee can look into the bathroom while remain hidden from the view.

The video has been viewed over 2 million times since it was posted and quickly sparked outrage. Many have criticized bar owner Ronnie Lottz, with some taking to Yelp to give the bar one star reviews.

Lottz told reporters Monday that the mirror has been there since 2001 and is used as part of a regular Halloween-themed fun house attended by children.

"This is a giant funhouse, ladies and gentlemen," Lottz said. "I put a lot of heart and soul into this business, and I am sorry to tell you this, but there is no hanky panky going on in that bathroom."

He added that the door is always kept unlocked, so that anyone using the bathroom can open the door and inspect the closet.

Amid growing concern, Berwyn police questioned Lottz Monday, but say they’ve found no evidence of video or audio recording equipment in the women's restroom. While state law bars secretly videotaping womens’ restrooms, there is no statute explicitly mentioning two-way mirrors.

"At this time there is no indication of criminal activity," Ritz said, adding that they will continue to gather evidence.

Patron Catherine Superdock and her boyfriend, Michael Abbatte told MyFoxChicago that they didn't see any harm in the mirror.

"My initial reaction was I was kind of ticked off, but that was any woman's first initial reaction to something like this, and then once I started hearing Ronnie's view, I don't think he means any harm," said Superdock.

But Sepp, in an email to the Chicago Tribune, said she was disappointed by those who didn't see the mirror as inappropriate.

"The fact that a two-sided mirror EXISTS in a bathroom is NOT OK. Cover it? So that it can be made operational afterward? No. Remove it," she wrote.

Later, in a rant to the website Jezebel, Lottz accused Sepp of posting the video for self-promotion and that she had performed a “bad set” there.

“I will burn this f*cking place to the ground before I get rid of that mirror. Do you know how much joy that mirror has brought to us?” Lottz said. “We do a freaky family fun day, and all the kids look in the mirror. This is a fun house, honey, and if you don’t like the two-way mirror, go f*ck yourself; and if you come on my stage, have something to say.”

Lottz did not immediately return FoxNews.com's request for comment.

For now, Lottz refuses to take down the mirror, and as of Wednesday morning, Cigars and Stripes' Facebook page is back up after being taken down.


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Scottish nightclub has two-way mirror in the women’s bathroom and women don’t know about it

All in favour of only using two-way mirrors for criminal prosecutions or scientific study, say "aye".

All in favour of using two-way mirrors for creepy and adolescent-like behaviour, say "aye". Anybody? Anybody?

A recently-opened Scottish nightclub, The Shimmy Club, is under police investigation for installing two-way mirrors in the women's bathroom and charging male customers £ 800 (CDN $1,250) for a private booth to view the women on the other side, reports Scottish Sunday Express.

Yes, western society is regressing, folks. You read it here.

The most unethical part of the two-way mirror set up is that the women are unaware of the mirror, yet the club maintains they have posted a sign explaining it. Scottish Sunday Express reports that there are, in fact, no signs anywhere on the premises.

“I was completely shocked to discover that the mirror in the ladies’ bathroom is a two-way mirror facing out onto the club," says a female patron quoted in the newspaper.

“Nowhere is it made clear that this is the case so when visiting the bathroom for the first time, there are women bending over the sink, pouting into the mirror to redo their lipstick, adjusting themselves whilst unknowingly being watched by people on the other side.”

An online petition to retrieve awards recently given to the investment company that owns the club, G1 Group, has attracted over 1,580 signatures as of Friday.

The club owners are taking some serious heat on their Facebook page, but they're still determined to defend their behaviour.

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The Shimmy Club issued a statement earlier in the week after reporters from Scottish Sunday Express posed as customers and exposed the two-way mirror story. The following statement was posted on the club's Facebook page but was later removed and could not be found as of Friday morning.

The Shimmy Club's two-way mirror is a design feature created as a bit of fun, an interactive feature which we hoped would act as a talking point for people visiting The Shimmy.

There has always been signage in the toilets which no-one has mentioned thus far but as a result of the media feedback clearer signage has been put in place to inform our female customers.

God help us when they find out that we have buried vibrators into sections of the dancefloor.

It's probably a wise thing they took down their bogus statement on Facebook because as a new business they can't afford bad press, and will likely sink themselves into a deeper hole if they don't learn public relation basics and release a statement that actually helps their brand.

What are your thoughts on this type of mirror being used? Would the club be shut down if the same thing happened in Canada?

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Which maybe destined Donald Trump to be the TikTok president. The service was built around the concept of lip-sync videos, and to spoof this president, the perfect script is no script.

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Contents

Eleven-year-old Charlie Bucket, his parents, and four grandparents all live in poverty in a small house outside of town. One day, Charlie's Grandpa Joe tells him about the legendary and eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka and all the wonderful sweets he made until the other chocolatiers sent in spies to steal his secret recipes, forcing Wonka to close the factory to outsiders. The next day, the newspaper announces that Wonka is re-opening the factory and has invited five lucky children to come on a tour after finding a Golden Ticket in a Wonka Bar. The first four golden tickets are found by gluttonous Augustus Gloop, spoiled Veruca Salt, chewing gum-addicted Violet Beauregarde, and television addict Mike Teavee. One day, Charlie's father loses his job, and the family begins to starve. An emaciated Charlie later sees a fifty-pence piece (a dollar bill in the US version) buried in the snow. He buys two Wonka Bars and miraculously finds the last Golden Ticket in the second. The ticket says he can bring one or two family members with him, and Grandpa Joe agrees to go.

On the day of the tour, Wonka welcomes the five children and their parents inside the factory, a wonderland of confectionery creations that defy logic. They also meet the Oompa-Loompas, a race of little people who help him operate the factory. During the tour, the four children give in to their impulses and are ejected from the tour in darkly comical ways: Augustus gets sucked into the pipe to the Fudge Room after drinking from the Chocolate River Violet blows up into a giant blueberry after chewing an experimental stick of three-course-dinner gum Veruca and her parents are thrown down the garbage chute after trying to capture one of the nut-testing squirrels, who deem the Salts "Bad Nuts" and Mike gets shrunk down to the size of a chocolate bar after disobediently misusing the Wonkavision device. The Oompa-Loompas sing about the children's poor behaviour each time disaster strikes.

With only Charlie remaining in the end, Wonka congratulates him for "winning" the factory. Wonka explains that the whole tour was designed to help him secure a good person to serve as an heir to his business, and Charlie was the only child whose inherent goodness allowed him to pass the test. They ride the Great Glass Elevator and watch the other four children leave the factory before flying to Charlie's house, where Wonka then invites Charlie's entire family to come and live with him in the factory.

Dahl's widow said that Charlie was originally written as "a little black boy." Dahl's biographer said the change to a white character was driven by Dahl's agent, who thought a black Charlie would not appeal to readers. [4] [5]

In the first published edition, the Oompa-Loompas were described as African pygmies, and were drawn this way in the original printed edition. [4] After the announcement of a film adaptation sparked a statement from the NAACP, which expressed concern that the transportation of Oompa-Loompas to Wonka's factory resembled slavery, Dahl found himself sympathising with their concerns and published a revised edition. [4] In this edition, as well as the subsequent sequel, the Oompa-Loompas were drawn as being white and appearing similar to hippies, and the references to Africa were deleted. [4]

Unused chapters Edit

Various unused and draft material from Dahl's early versions of the novel have been found. In the initial, unpublished drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory nine golden tickets were distributed to tour Willy Wonka's secret chocolate factory [6] and the children faced more rooms and more temptations to test their self-control. [6] [7] Some of the names of the children cut from the final work include: [8]

  • Clarence Crump, Bertie Upside, and Terence Roper (who overindulge in Warming Candies) [9][10]
  • Elvira Entwhistle (lost down a trash chute, renamed Veruca Salt) [6][9]
  • Violet Glockenberry (renamed Strabismus and finally Beauregarde) [6][9][11]
  • Miranda Grope and Augustus Pottle (lost up a chocolate pipe, combined into the character Augustus Gloop) [6][9]
  • Miranda Mary Piker (renamed from Miranda Grope, became the subject of Spotty Powder) [11][12]
  • Marvin Prune (a conceited boy) [8][12]
  • Wilbur Rice and Tommy Troutbeck, the subjects of The Vanilla Fudge Room[6][9][13]
  • Herpes Trout (renamed Mike Teavee) [11]

"Spotty Powder" Edit

"Spotty Powder" was first published as a short story in 1973. [12] [14] In 1998 it was included in the children's horror anthology Scary! Stories That Will Make You Scream edited by Peter Haining. The brief note before the story described the story as having been left out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory due to an already brimming number of misbehaving children characters in the tale. In 2005, The Times reprinted "Spotty Powder" as a "lost" chapter, saying that it had been found in Dahl's desk, written backwards in mirror writing (the same way that Leonardo da Vinci wrote in his journals). [7] [15] Spotty Powder looks and tastes like sugar, but causes bright red pox-like spots to appear on faces and necks five seconds after ingestion, so children who eat Spotty Powder do not have to go to school. The spots fade on their own a few hours later. After learning the purpose of Spotty Powder, the humourless, smug Miranda Piker and her equally humourless father (a schoolmaster) are enraged and disappear into the Spotty Powder room to sabotage the machine. Soon after entering, they are heard making what Mrs. Piker interprets as screams. Mr. Wonka assures her (after making a brief joke where he claims that headmasters are one of the occasional ingredients) that it is only laughter. Exactly what happens to them is not revealed in the extract. [6] [7]

In an early draft, sometime after being renamed from Miranda Grope to Miranda Piker, but before "Spotty Powder" was written, she falls down the chocolate waterfall and ends up in the Peanut-Brittle Mixer. This results in the "rude and disobedient little kid" becoming "quite delicious." [12] [16] This early draft poem was slightly rewritten as an Oompa-Loompa song in the lost chapter, which now puts her in the "Spotty-Powder mixer" and instead of being "crunchy and . good [peanut brittle]" she is now "useful [for truancy] and . good." [7]

"The Vanilla Fudge Room" Edit

In 2014, The Guardian revealed that Dahl had removed another chapter ("The Vanilla Fudge Room") from an early draft of the book. The Guardian reported the now-eliminated passage was "deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children almost 50 years ago." [6] In what was originally chapter five in that version of the book, Charlie goes to the factory with his mother (instead of his grandfather, as originally published). At this point, the chocolate factory tour is down to eight kids, [13] [17] including Tommy Troutbeck and Wilbur Rice. After the entire group climbs to the top of the titular fudge mountain, eating vanilla fudge along the way, Troutbeck and Rice decide to take a ride on the wagons carrying away chunks of fudge. The wagons take them directly to the Pounding And Cutting Room, where the fudge is reformed and sliced into small squares for retail sale. Wonka states the machine is equipped with "a large wire strainer . which is used specially for catching children before they fall into the machine" adding that "It always catches them. At least it always has up to now." [13]

The chapter dates back to an early draft with ten golden tickets, including one each for Miranda Grope and Augustus Pottle, who fell into the chocolate river prior to the events of "Fudge Mountain". [6] [18] Augustus Pottle was routed to the Chocolate Fudge Room, not the Vanilla Fudge Room explored in this chapter, [13] [17] and Miranda Grope ended up in the Fruit and Nuts Room. In a later draft, she became known as Miranda Mary Piker, who went to the Peanut Brittle Room.

"The Warming Candy Room" Edit

Also in 2014, Vanity Fair published a plot summary of "The Warming Candy Room", wherein three boys eat too many "warming candies" and end up "bursting with heat." [19]

The Warming Candy Room is dominated by a boiler, which heats a scarlet liquid. The liquid is dispensed one drop at a time, where it cools and forms a hard shell, storing the heat and "by a magic process . the hot heat changes into an amazing thing called 'cold heat.'" After eating a single warming candy, one could stand naked in the snow comfortably. This is met with predictable disbelief from Clarence Crump, Bertie Upside, and Terence Roper, who proceed to eat at least 100 warming candies each, resulting in profuse perspiration. The three boys and their families discontinue the tour after they are taken to cool off "in the large refrigerator for a few hours." [10]

"The Children's-Delight Room" Edit

Roald Dahl originally planned for a child called Marvin Prune to be included in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl submitted the excised chapter regarding Marvin Prune to The Horn Book Review in the early 1970s. [20] Rather than publish the chapter, Horn Book responded with a critical essay by novelist Eleanor Cameron, who criticised Dahl's worth as a human being. [21]

Fan of the book since childhood, film director Tim Burton wrote: "I responded to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it respected the fact that children can be adults." [22] [23] In a 2006 list for the Royal Society of Literature, author J. K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter books) named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory among her top ten books that every child should read. [24]

A 2004 study found that it was a common read-aloud book for fourth-graders in schools in San Diego County, California. [25] A 2012 survey by the University of Worcester determined that it was one of the most common books that U.K. adults had read as children, after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Wind in The Willows. [26]

Groups who have praised the book include:

  • New England Round Table of Children's Librarians Award (US, 1972)
  • Surrey School Award (UK, 1973) [27]
  • Read Aloud BILBY Award (Australia, 1992) [28]
  • Millennium Children's Book Award (UK, 2000) (UK, 2000) , rank 35 in a survey of the British public by the BBC to identify the "Nation's Best-loved Novel" (UK, 2003) [29] , listed as one of "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" based on a poll (US, 2007) [30]
  • School Library Journal, rank 61 among all-time children's novels (US, 2012) [31]

In the 2012 survey published by SLJ, a monthly with primarily US audience, Charlie was the second of four books by Dahl among their Top 100 Chapter Books, one more than any other writer. [31] Time magazine in the US included the novel in its list of the 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time it was one of three Dahl novels on the list, more than any other author. [32] In 2016 the novel topped the list of Amazon's best-selling children's books by Dahl in Print and on Kindle. [33]

Although the book has always been popular and considered a children's classic by many literary critics, a number of prominent individuals have spoken unfavourably of the novel over the years. [34] Children's novelist and literary historian John Rowe Townsend has described the book as "fantasy of an almost literally nauseating kind" and accused it of "astonishing insensitivity" regarding the original portrayal of the Oompa-Loompas as African black pygmies, although Dahl did revise this in later editions. [35] Another novelist, Eleanor Cameron, compared the book to the sweets that form its subject matter, commenting that it is "delectable and soothing while we are undergoing the brief sensory pleasure it affords but leaves us poorly nourished with our taste dulled for better fare." [21] Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in support of this assessment in a letter to The Horn Book Review, saying that her own daughter would turn "quite nasty" upon finishing the book. [36] Dahl responded to Cameron's criticisms by noting that the classics that she had cited would not be well received by contemporary children. [37]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has frequently been adapted for other media, including games, radio, the screen, [38] and stage, most often as plays or musicals for children – often titled Willy Wonka or Willy Wonka, Jr. and almost always featuring musical numbers by all the main characters (Wonka, Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Violet, Veruca, etc.) many of the songs are revised versions from the 1971 film.

  • The book was first made into a feature film as a musical, titled Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), directed by Mel Stuart, produced by David L. Wolper, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, character actorJack Albertson as Grandpa Joe, and Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket, with music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Dahl was credited for writing the screenplay, but David Seltzer was brought in by Stuart and Wolper to add minor changes against Dahl's wishes. Because of those changes, Dahl was dismayed and disowned the film. The film had an estimated budget of $2.9 million but grossed only $4 million and was considered a box-office disappointment, though it received positive reviews from critics. Exponential home video and DVD sales, as well as repeated television airings, resulted in the film's subsequently becoming a cult classic. [39] Concurrently with the 1971 film, the Quaker Oats Company introduced a line of candies whose marketing uses the book's characters and imagery. [40]
  • In 1983, the BBC produced an adaptation for Radio 4. Titled Charlie, it aired in seven episodes between 6 February and 20 March. [41]
  • In 1985, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory video game was released for the ZX Spectrum by developer Soft Options and publisher Hill MacGibbon.
  • Another film version, titled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket, Deep Roy as the Oompa-Loompas, Philip Wiegratz as Augustus Gloop, and Geoffrey Holder as the Narrator, was a hit, grossing about $470 million worldwide with an estimated budget of $150 million. The 1971 and 2005 films are consistent with the written work to varying degrees. The Burton film greatly expanded Willy Wonka's personal back-story borrowing many themes and elements from the book's sequel.
  • A video game, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory based on Burton's adaptation, was released on 11 July 2005.
  • On 1 April 2006, the British theme park Alton Towers opened a family attraction themed around the story. The ride features a boat section, where guests travel around the chocolate factory in bright pink boats on a chocolate river. In the final stage of the ride, guests enter one of two glass elevators, where they join Willy Wonka as they travel around the factory, eventually shooting up and out through the glass roof. [42] The ride was closed for good at the end of the 2015 season as the licensing was not renewed. It was abandoned for 3 years before being made into The Alton Towers Dungeon in 2019.
  • The Estate of Roald Dahl sanctioned an operatic adaptation called The Golden Ticket. It was written by American composer Peter Ash and British librettist Donald Sturrock. The Golden Ticket has completely original music and was commissioned by American Lyric Theater, Lawrence Edelson (producing artistic director), and Felicity Dahl. The opera received its world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on 13 June 2010, in a co-production with American Lyric Theater and Wexford Festival Opera. [43]
  • A musical based on the novel, titled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, premiered at the West End's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in May 2013 and officially opened on 25 June. [44] The show is directed by Sam Mendes, with new songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. [44] The production broke records for weekly ticket sales. [45] Hodge was also the voice of a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory audiobook, as part of a package of Roald Dahl CDs read by celebrities.
  • In October 2016, Variety reported that Warner Bros has acquired the rights to the Willy Wonka character from the Roald Dahl Estate and is planning a new film centred around the eccentric character with David Heyman producing with the Dahl Estate manager Michael Siegel Kevin McCormick is executive producing and Simon Rich is penning the script while Courtenay Valenti and Jon Gonda are overseeing the project for the studio. [46] In February 2018, Paul King entered final negotiations to direct the film. [47] In May 2021, it was reported that the film would be a musical titled Wonka, with Timothée Chalamet playing a younger version of the titular character in an origin story. [48] King was confirmed as director and co-writer along with comedian Simon Farnaby the film is set for release in 2023. [49]
  • In July 2017, an animated film Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released in which the titular cat and mouse were put into the story of the 1971 film.
  • On 27 November 2018, Netflix was revealed to be developing an "animated series event" based on Roald Dahl's books, which will include a television series based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the novel's sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. [50][51] On 5 March 2020, it was reported that Taika Waititi will write, direct, and executive-produce both the series and a spin-off animated series focused on the Oompa Loompas. [52]

In 2002, Monty Python member Eric Idle narrated the audiobook version of the American Edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. [53] Douglas Hodge, who played Willy Wonka in some productions of the stage musical, [54] narrated the UK Edition of the audiobook for Penguin Audio in 2013, and the title was later released on Amazon Audible. [55]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has undergone numerous editions and been illustrated by numerous artists. [56]

Books Edit

  • 1964, OCLC 9318922 (hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., original, first US edition, illustrated by Joseph Schindelman)
  • 1967, ISBN9783125737600 (hardcover, George Allen & Unwin, original, first UK edition, illustrated by Faith Jaques)
  • 1973, 0-394-81011-2 (hardcover, revised Oompa Loompa edition)
  • 1976, 0-87129-220-3 (paperback)
  • 1980, 0-553-15097-9 (paperback, illustrated by Joseph Schindelman)
  • 1985, 0-14-031824-0 (paperback, illustrated by Michael Foreman)
  • 1987, 1-85089-902-9 (hardcover)
  • 1988, 0-606-04032-3 (prebound)
  • 1992, 0-89966-904-2 (library binding, reprint)
  • 1995 (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • 1998, 0-14-130115-5 (paperback)
  • 2001, 0-375-81526-0 (hardcover)
  • 2001, 0-14-131130-4 (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • 2002, 0-060-51065-X (audio CD read by Eric Idle)
  • 2003, 0-375-91526-5 (library binding)
  • 2004, 0-14-240108-0 (paperback)
  • 0-8488-2241-2 (hardcover)
  • 2011, 978-0-14-310633-3 (paperback), Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, cover by Ivan Brunetti
  • 2014, (hardcover, Penguin UK/Modern Classics, 50th anniversary edition)
  • 2014, (hardcover, Penguin UK/Puffin celebratory golden edition, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake) [57]
  • 2014, (double-cover paperback) [57]

50th anniversary cover controversy Edit

The cover photo of the 50th anniversary edition, published by Penguin Modern Classics for sale in the UK and aimed at the adult market, received widespread commentary and criticism. [58] The cover is a photo of a heavily made up young girl seated on her mother's knee and wearing a doll-like expression, taken by the photographers Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello as part of a photo shoot for a 2008 fashion article in a French magazine, for a fashion article titled "Mommie Dearest." [57] [59] In addition to writing that "the image seemingly has little to do with the beloved children's classic", [60] reviewers and commentators in social media (such as posters on the publisher's Facebook page) have said the art evokes Lolita, Valley of the Dolls, and JonBenet Ramsey looks like a scene from Toddlers & Tiaras and is "misleading," "creepy," "sexualised," "grotesque," "misjudged on every level," "distasteful and disrespectful to a gifted author and his work," "pretentious," "trashy", "outright inappropriate," "terrifying," "really obnoxious," and "weird & kind of paedophilic." [57] [61] [62]

The publisher explained its objective in a blog post accompanying the announcement about the jacket art: "This new image . . . looks at the children at the center of the story, and highlights the way Roald Dahl’s writing manages to embrace both the light and the dark aspects of life." [63] Additionally, Penguin Press's Helen Conford told the Bookseller: "We wanted something that spoke about the other qualities in the book. It's a children's story that also steps outside children's and people aren't used to seeing Dahl in that way." She continued: "[There is] a lot of ill feeling about it, I think because it's such a treasured book and a book which isn't really a 'crossover book'" As she acknowledged: "People want it to remain as a children's book."

The New Yorker describes what it calls this "strangely but tellingly misbegotten" cover design thusly: "The image is a photograph, taken from a French fashion shoot, of a glassy-eyed, heavily made-up little girl. Behind her sits, a mother figure, stiff and coiffed, casting an ominous shadow. The girl, with her long, perfectly waved platinum-blond hair and her pink feather boa, looks like a pretty and inert doll—" The article continues: "And if the Stepford daughter on the cover is meant to remind us of Veruca Salt or Violet Beauregarde, she doesn't: those badly behaved squirts are bubbling over with rude life." Moreover, writes Talbot, "The Modern Classics cover has not a whiff of this validation of childish imagination instead, it seems to imply a deviant adult audience." [58]


Rage Against the Reflection

A character, deeply unsatisfied with their current state of being, looks in a mirror or a pool of water. After a while, the character will either say (or sing, in a musical) something about themselves or just become angry, and disrupt the reflection in some way to show their dissatisfaction. This can involve punching or throwing something at a mirror in order to shatter it, slapping or stirring water to distort the reflection, or otherwise make the image of themselves go away. For some added Angst, the puncher could injure their hand in the process.

Can occur with characters who have been transformed or feel like they're being forced to become something they're not. If it's the transformed variant, sometimes the reflection will show their original form instead of their current form. Also sometimes used by characters who are either ugly and suffering because of it, or made a decision that they regret and are angry at themselves about it. Could also be used by a character who has unresolved parental issues and can't stand the resemblance reminding them of that relationship. Contrast Distracted by My Own Sexy where characters like looking at themselves, and for an extreme case see House of Broken Mirrors.


Contents

Part I Edit

Jerry and George have finally struck a deal with NBC to produce their pilot Jerry as a series, upon receiving a call from Elizabeth Clark calling from the office of NBC President James Kimbrough (Peter Riegert). Jerry and George will be leaving New York City for California to begin work. Jerry is given use of NBC's private jet by NBC executives Jay Crespi and Stu Chermak as a courtesy and he, George, Elaine, and Kramer decide to go to Paris for "one last hurrah". Elaine tries to get hold of her friend Jill. First, she can't get any reception with her cell phone on the street. Then, Jerry interrupts her with news of the pilot pickup and Elaine hangs up on Jill to take the call. Jerry then scolds her for trying to rush the call before they all leave for Paris, and for thinking about calling from the plane. On the plane that is piloted by Captain Mattox and his co-pilot Kurt Adams, George and Elaine argue over the quality of the plane and what Elaine considers an "effeminate" way in which George sits in the jet, while Kramer is still trying to get water out of his ears from a trip to the beach he made earlier in the day.

Kramer's desperation to get the water out of his ears causes him to jump up and down on the plane and, as a result, he stumbles and falls into the cockpit, which causes the pilots to lose control. While the plane is nosediving, the four prepare for death. George, momentarily feeling the need to confess, reveals he cheated in "The Contest", and Elaine begins to tell Jerry that she always loved him but the plane steadies itself and they make a safe emergency landing in the fictional small town of Latham, Massachusetts.

While waiting for the airplane to be repaired, they witness an overweight man named Howie (John Pinette) getting carjacked at gunpoint by a criminal (Jeffery Thomas Johnson). Instead of helping him, they crack jokes about his size while Kramer films it all on his camcorder, then proceed to walk away. The victim notices this and tells the reporting officer Matt Vogel (Scott Jaeck), who arrests them on a duty to rescue violation that requires bystanders to help out in such a situation.

Because this is the first case implementing this law, they are advised by the deputy to call a lawyer to represent them. Jerry and his friends do not have any choice but to call on Jackie Chiles to represent them for the upcoming trial. District Attorney Hoyt (James Rebhorn) hears that Jackie Chiles will be representing Jerry and his friends and tells the prosecutor that he will find out everything about them.

Part II Edit

Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer are in their cell having their meal while awaiting the trial when Jerry's beeper goes off stating that their airplane is ready. Geraldo Rivera and Jane Wells cover the news about the trial of Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer. The people associated with the main characters are packing for the trial and heading to Latham. Jerry's parents Morty and Helen, George's parents Frank and Estelle, Newman, Jerry's Uncle Leo, Jacopo "J." Peterman, David Puddy, Mickey Abbot, Kenny Bania, Susan Ross' parents, Rabbi Glickman, Keith Hernandez, and George Steinbrenner are among those shown making their way to Latham. In addition to these people, many others from New York like Kramer's mother Babs Kramer and Matt Wilhelm have made the trip to watch the trial in the courtroom. A lengthy trial ensues presided over by Judge Arthur Vandelay (Stanley Anderson). George considers this to be a good sign as Arthur Vandelay was one of the many fake names he used for himself and phony companies he claimed to have worked for.

District Attorney Hoyt starts his opening statement that the defendants have ignored their Good Samaritan Law and mocked the victim of a mugging. He also states that the defendants must pay for this crime. Jackie Chiles starts his opening statement that this trial is a waste of the taxpayer's money, the defendants are innocent from bystanding, and that the real criminal is still out there.

District Attorney Hoyt starts to ask a lot of witnesses in hopes to make Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer pay for breaking the duty to rescue law.

  • Officer Matt Vogel testifies that Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine were simply standing there while the victim was being robbed. During his testimony, Kramer's video is played upon Matt Vogel getting permission from the court to play it.
  • Howie claims that Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George just did nothing while he was getting robbed. District Attorney Hoyt has no further questions towards Howie. Following the testimony, Jay Crespi and Stu Chermak take their seats as George shouts at them for the jet nearly killing them causing Judge Vandelay to bang his gavel.
  • Mabel Choate (Frances Bay), the elderly woman Jerry mugged for a loaf of marble rye bread for George to give to his soon-to-be in-laws in "The Rye", recounts this incident that took place on January 4, 1996. Her use as a witness upon her taking the stand leads to an objection by Jackie Chiles because she was not present at the crime. District Attorney Hoyt states that they plan to use a series of character witnesses and the judge overrules the objection so that he can hear what she has to say.
  • Marla Penny (Jane Leeves), the virgin whom Jerry dates in "The Virgin" and "The Contest", reluctantly explains that she broke up with Jerry on October 28, 1992 after learning of the contest that the four had to see who could go the longest without "gratifying themselves". This caused everyone to groan as J. Peterman even quotes "For the love of God."
  • Donald Sanger (voiced by Jon Hayman), the Bubble Boy whom Jerry tried to visit, was brought in the courtroom by his father Mel Sanger (Brian Doyle-Murray). Donald describes the argument he had with George on October 7, 1992 while playing a game of Trivial Pursuit where Moors was misprinted as "Moops" when it came to the "Who invaded Spain in the 8th Century" question. Their argument ultimately led to Susan Ross accidentally destroying the protective bubble in which he lives (due to an unspecified medical condition). The bubble actually popped while Donald was choking George who was framed for trying to kill him by those who knew Donald. George and Donald then start their "Moors or Moops" argument again.
  • Lola (Donna Evans) describes events from "The Handicap Spot". George parked in a handicapped space, which caused her to travel a greater distance to get to where she was going. Her electric wheelchair was destroyed in an accident when it lost power and Kramer bought her a used wheelchair with faulty brakes which caused her to go careening down a hill.
  • Dr. Wexler (Victor Raider-Wexler) recaps the events of "The Invitations" where he treated George's ex-fiancee Susan Ross after she passed out from licking envelopes covered with toxic glue on May 16, 1996. Dr. Wexler described a look of "restrained jubilation" on George's face when he was informed she died. His testimony causes Susan Ross' parents to angrily react (which confirmed Mr. and Mrs. Ross' suspicion in "The Wizard" that George was behind their daughter's death) where Henry Ross calls George a murderer and Mrs. Ross stating that George knew those envelopes were toxic as Judge Vandelay had to do an "order in the court" to break up the commotion. George is last seen looking quite upset at himself for treating Susan rather negatively.
  • Sidra Holland (Teri Hatcher), the woman Jerry dated from the health club in "The Implant", recounts an incident in 1993 when Elaine tripped in the sauna and landed on her breasts. She claimed that Jerry had sent Elaine into the sauna to find out if her breasts were real or implants. When Sidra entered the courtroom, Jackie Chiles developed a crush on her.
  • Lt. Joe Bookman (Philip Baker Hall), the library cop from "The Library", talks about what a library cop does and mentions about how Jerry had a 25-year-overdue library book. He calls Jerry a "criminal" which is what a "delinquent" for 25 years have been called.
  • Robin (Melanie Chartoff), a comedy club waitress and George's girlfriend from "The Fire", recounts her child's birthday party where a flashback shows George cowardly and selfishly pushing children and an elderly woman out of the way to escape a small kitchen fire. A deleted scene had Robin also answering yes to the question if her mother was also knocked down during the incident.
  • The Garden Valley Shopping Mall Security Guard from "The Parking Garage" (David Dunard) testifies about catching Jerry urinating in public and his reasoning for doing so. The flashback showed Jerry telling the security guard that "I could get uromysitisis poisoning and die, that's why." District Attorney Hoyt quotes "Uromysitisis! I wonder if they're having any trouble controlling themselves during this trial? Perhaps these two hooligans would like to have a pee party right here in the courtroom!" When Jackie Chiles objects stating that his clients' bathroom problems are not an issue of the trial, Judge Vandalay tells him to sit down when Jackie tries to refer to the Disability Act of 1990.
  • Detective Hudson (James Pickens Jr.) refers to an incident that took place at the end of "The Wig Master" due to an odd set of circumstances that led to Kramer being mistaken for a pimp and getting arrested by the police.
  • Kramer's ex-girlfriend Leslie the Low-Talker (Wendel Meldrum) from "The Puffy Shirt" is apparently there to testify against Jerry for bad-mouthing the puffy shirt she had him promote on The Today Show. Jackie Chiles objects because Leslie is a low-talker and that nobody can hear her. He tells Judge Vandalay to either get Leslie a microphone or they should move on with the trial. A deleted scene had District Attorney Hoyt getting close enough to hear that Jerry's negative comment ruined her business prior to Jackie Chiles' objection.
  • George's former boss with the New York YankeesGeorge Steinbrenner (played by Lee Bear and voiced by Larry David) recalls how he was rumored to be a Communist in "The Race", but did not state how he was traded for Tyler Chicken in "The Muffin Tops". Frank Costanza stands up and shouts to Steinbrenner "How could you give $12,000,000.00 to Hideki Irabu?" Judge Vandelay had to do an "order in the court" to break up the argument.
  • Marcelino (Miguel Sandoval), the sleazy grocer and cockfighting ringleader from "The Little Jerry", has his testimony simply consisting of him saying "cockfighting" in response to a question from District Attorney Hoyt.
  • Roger Hoffman (David Byrd), the pharmacist from "The Sponge", testifies about the event on the night of December 7, 1995 where Elaine came into Pasteau Pharmacy and "said she needed a whole case" of Today sponges shortly after they were pulled from the market. Roger also added that the sponges in question are not "the kind you clean your tub with. They're for sex." This caused everyone to groan upon hearing this testimony. A deleted scene had him also stating that Elaine was agitated and desperate at the time.
  • Elaine's ex-boyfriend and co-worker Fred (Tony Carlin) from "The Pick" testifies about Elaine's accidental nipple exposure in a Christmas card on December 1992. A deleted scene had Elaine stating that it was inadvertent and that Kramer took the picture for the Christmas card as Kramer claimed that the lighting called for it. Judge Vandelay banged his gavel.
  • Elaine's former boss Justin Pitt (Ian Abercrombie) mentioned that he fired her over a misunderstanding in "The Diplomat's Club". Pitt even believed Elaine was trying to kill him and testifies she tried to smother him with a pillow. A deleted scene prior to this accusation had him mentioning how he hired Elaine where she worked for him from September 1994 to May 1995. When Elaine shouted to Pitt that her trying to smother him with the pillow was not true, Judge Vandelay banged his gavel. When asked by District Attorney Hoyt on why she tried to kill him, Pitt stated that she and Jerry had somehow found out that she was in his will.
  • Yev Kassem, The Soup Nazi (Larry Thomas) is first asked to spell his name, which he refuses to do. Then he testifies that the four used to come into his soup shop, mentioning that George didn't know how to order right. He even banned Elaine from the soup shop for a year. Elaine later found soup recipes in an old armoire that once belonged to the Soup Nazi and in an act of revenge reveals his recipes to the public. This caused the Soup Nazi to close his soup shop and move to Argentina while mentioning that Elaine ruined his business. When Elaine whispers to Jerry, Kramer, George, and Jackie that his soup was not good anyway, Yev stands up and shouts "WHAT DID YOU SAY?!"
  • Babu Bhatt (Brian George), a former Pakistanirestaurateur who appeared in "The Cafe" and "The Visa", was brought back into the United States where he retells the story of how Jerry's advice to change the menu of his restaurant "The Dream Cafe" from varied to Pakistani caused his customer base to dry up. Then he charges that Elaine and Jerry purposely mixed up his mail so he did not get his visa renewal papers and was deported back to Pakistan. Babu ended his testimony by quoting "All they do is mock me, just like they did the fat fellow. All the time. Mocking, mocking, mocking, mocking, mocking. All the time! Now it is Babu's turn to mock. Finally I will have some justice. Send them away! Send them all away! Lock them up forever! They are not human. Very bad! Very, very, very bad!" Babu then waves his index finger at them. Babu's story is only partially true where his restaurant did not get any business except for Jerry's patronage before he changed the menu, and his renewal papers were accidentally delivered to Jerry's house while Jerry was out of town. When back in Pakistan, Bhatt had stated to a friend that he made a promise that he would go back to the US one day to have his revenge on Seinfeld.

As the jury goes over the evidence, Geraldo Rivera and Jane Wells recap to those watching their show about what was heard during the trial. Jane Wells even stated that the testimonies went into the night until Judge Vandelay has decided that he has heard enough. It was also mentioned that the closing arguments have occurred and that the jury has been deliberating for four and a half hours. Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer hope that Jackie Chiles would get them acquitted. Estelle enters Judge Vandelay's office in order to get him to reduce the punishment for her son if he is found guilty by doing something for him. Judge Vandelay asks "What do you mean?" and Estelle responds "You know."

Everyone else is seen killing time awaiting for the jury to be done:

  • Mabel Choate, Justin Pitt, Marla Penny, Marcelino, Joe Bookman, Roger Hoffman, Jay Crespi, and Stu Chermak are standing in the halls of the courthouse.
  • Rabbi Glickman is reading something from his book to Jerry's parents and Frank Costanza.
  • J. Peterman, Keith Hernandez, Kenny Bania, and Mickey Abbot are playing pool for money at the bar.
  • David Puddy is lying under a tree using a tanning mirror on his face.
  • Matt Wilhelm is trying to break up an argument between George Steinbrenner and a waiter.
  • Newman is eating food in his car while lying down in his back seat.
  • Yev Kassem is seen outside a building serving some of his soup to Babu Bhatt, Robin, Mr. Lippman, and Poppie. When Poppie is seen asking for some salt for his soup, Yev Kassem does his "No Soup for You" gesture and takes away his soup and spoon.
  • Henry Ross is seen buying a gun (possibly to kill George if the trial finds him not guilty).
  • Jackie Chiles is in bed with Sidra Holland until he gets a call that the jury has reached a verdict.

The jury re-enters the courtroom. When Kramer claims that a woman on the jury is smiling at them, Jerry tells him that she's smiling at them because they might go to prison. Everyone rises when Judge Vandelay enters the courtroom. When it comes to the verdict, the forewoman of the jury (Myra Turley) states that the jury finds Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer guilty of criminal indifference. Mr. and Mrs. Ross and the testifiers are pleased with the verdict, Estelle faints, and Newman has a brief choking moment from laughing while eating food. Judge Vandelay breaks up the commotion by threatening to clear the courtroom if they didn't stop.

He then tells to the four he does not know how, or under what circumstances they found each other, but their callous indifference and utter disregard for everything that is good and decent has rocked the very foundation upon which society is built. He then sentences the four of them to spend a year in prison so that they can contemplate the manner in which they have conducted themselves. Judge Vandalay adjourns the court and takes his leave from the courtroom as George angrily quotes to Kramer "You had to hop! You had to hop on the plane!" As everyone starts to leave, Elaine tells David not to wait for her to which he indifferently says "Alright." Frank tries to wake up Estelle from her fainting so that they can beat the traffic as Uncle Leo comforts Babs in the background. Before leaving with Sidra, Jackie Chiles tells the four that he may have lost the case, but he did get satisfied with Sidra while commenting "And by the way: they're real, and they're spectacular!"

In the final scene before the credits, the four main characters sit in their holding cell awaiting their prison transport. Kramer is finally able to get the water out of his ears after days of trying. Elaine decides that she's going to use her one phone call from prison to call Jill, saying that the prison call is the "king of calls". Jerry begins a conversation about George's shirt buttons, using lines from the first episode. [3] George then wonders if they've had that conversation before, which Jerry acknowledges.

During the credits at the Latham County Prison, Jerry is wearing a Latham County orange jumpsuit and performing a stand-up routine of prison-related jokes to an audience of fellow prisoners, including Kramer and George (Elaine is not seen as she is in a women's prison). No one is laughing except for the studio audience and Kramer. As Jerry is then escorted off the stage by a prison guard (Jon Hayman) for talking back at a heckler, he says to his audience of fellow prisoners, "Hey, you've been great! See you in the cafeteria!" as the audience jeers and Kramer gives him a standing ovation, capping off the episode and the show.

The top price for a 30-second commercial during the U.S. broadcast was approximately $1 million, marking the first time ever on American television history that a regular primetime television series (as well as a non-sport broadcast) had commanded at least $1-million advertising rate (previously attained only by Super Bowl general telecasts). [4]

In its original American broadcast, 76.3 million U.S. television viewers tuned into "The Finale", becoming the fourth most watched overall series finale in the U.S. after M*A*S*H, Cheers and The Fugitive. [5] When this episode originally aired on NBC, TV Land paid tribute by not programming any shows opposite it, instead just showing a still shot of a closed office door with a pair of handwritten notes that said "We're TV Fans so. we're watching the last episode of Seinfeld. Will return at 10pm et, 7pm pt." [6]

Although the finale of Seinfeld enjoyed a huge audience during the May 1998 telecast, it received polarized reviews and was criticized by many for portraying the main characters as people with no respect for society and for mocking the audience who tuned in to watch them every week. Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker seemed to echo this sentiment in declaring the episode "off-key and bloated. Ultimately, Seinfeld and David's kiss-off to their fans was a loud, hearty, 'So long, suckers!'" [7]

Although Larry David has stated he has no regrets about how the show ended, [8] a 2010 Time article noted that the Seinfeld reunion during the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm "was viewed by many as his attempt at a do-over." [8] This was also referenced by Jerry in the seventh-season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm, saying "We already screwed up one finale" with David responding "we didn't screw up a finale, that was a good finale!" Having said that, during a Seinfeld roundtable reunion discussion, Larry admitted to understanding the disappointment and said if he were to redo it he would have kept the plot of the finale less of a secret, which only heightened expectations.

In 2011, the finale was ranked No. 7 on the TV Guide Network special, TV's Most Unforgettable Finales. [9]

In the final Top Ten List of the Late Show with David Letterman, presenter Julia Louis-Dreyfus jokingly criticized the episode by thanking Letterman for letting her take part in "another hugely disappointing series finale", much to the faux chagrin of fellow presenter Jerry Seinfeld, who had workshopped the joke with Letterman's writers. [10]

This version had cut several parts from the original episode (US) or rearranged some parts:


Series / Three's Company

Iconic late-'70s Roommate Com/slapstick sex farce/comedy of errors series. Frequently dismissed as the archetypal Jiggle Show, it's also marked by clever writing, strong performances and fantastic physical humor. Based on the Brit Com series Man About the House, it originally aired on ABC from 1977㫬.

In order to share an affordable apartment with two lovely young ladies, Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt) and Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), cooking student Jack Tripper (John Ritter) must pretend to be gay around Stanley Roper (Norman Fell), the repressed, bigoted landlord. Roper, in turn, frequently finds himself fending off the advances of his good-natured but sexually frustrated wife Helen (Audra Lindley), who knows Jack's secret but likes him and the girls enough to keep mum. Complications are introduced through a variety of misunderstandings and mishaps, often caused by the thinking-impaired apartment mates or their cumbersome friends.

Everyone in this series suffers from Genre Blindness at one point or another, which is expected considering the show is essentially a comedy of errors. The show launched the careers of Ritter and Somers, and revived that of Don Knotts (who joined the cast as new landlord and wannabe-swinger Ralph Furley after the Ropers left for their own series following the third season).

Codified, if not created, an entire set of plot tropes based on silly misunderstandings and leaping to conclusions. Lucille Ball was a huge fan of the show thanks to its pitch-perfect use of sitcom tropes and physical comedy, and even appeared to host a Clip Show.

In later years, it's almost more famous for the behind-the-scenes issues with Suzanne Somers' contract dispute&mdash she demanded top billing for being Ms. Fanservice despite John Ritter being the main character. After Somers' refusal to cooperate made shooting next to impossible, producers retaliated by showing her in no uncertain terms just how unwelcome she was. The series endured many cast changes, nasty backstage disputes and overall changing tastes in television to become one of the most fondly-remembered (and frequently emulated) shows of the era.


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Record of Youth

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Was It Love?

If you're in the mood for a romantic drama, tune into this storyline about a single mother who has not had a boyfriend for 14 years, but suddenly four romantic love interests appear in front of her. No Ae-Jung works as a producer for a movie company and faces potential courtship by a novelist, actor, CEO, and a PE teacher. Who will she choose from this diverse pool of men?

Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung

In a Romeo and Juliet-esque storyline, this show revolves around a romance between an aspiring palace historian and a lonely prince. Together, they go on a journey to break societal norms and uncover secrets from their pasts that could have consequences on their present day lives. This show is suited for those seeking sweet, heart-fluttering moments and will have you rooting for the couple until the very end.

Designated Survivor: 60 Days

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It's Okay to Not Be Okay

The story centers around a caretaker at a psychiatric ward, Moon Gang-tae, who crosses paths with a children's book writer Ko Moon-young. Gang Tae has lived life on the run while taking care of his older brother, Sang Tae, who is autistic and suffers from reoccurring nightmares of the day their mother was murdered. He is a big fan of Ms. Ko, who is known to be antisocial and has a difficult personality. After a series of events, all three lives become intertwined and their dramatic back stories are revealed. Gang-tae, Sang-tae, and Ms. Ko share more in common with one another than they think. Aside from the fact that the two leading romantic pairs are both gorgeous, this show will keep viewers glued to their seats thanks to Gang-tae and Ms. Ko's push-and-pull dynamic.

When My Love Blooms

Yoon Ji-soo and Han Jae Hyun were each other's first loves in college before a series of unfortunate events tore them apart. Twenty years later, the pair fatefully run into each other and are living very different lives than their past selves. Ji-soo is a divorced mom struggling to make ends meet while Jae Hyun is a successful businessman who is stuck in a love-less relationship with his wife. When Jae Hyun sees Ji-soo, he can't stay away and the two realize they never stopped loving each other. Given that so much time has passed and they both have led very different lives, however, can the two make up for lost time?

Mother

When substitute teacher Soo-jin (played by Lee Bo-Young of When My Love Blooms) discovers one of her students Hye-na (played by the brilliant Heo Yool) is being abused by her mother and her boyfriend, she impulsively decides to run away with the little girl. Soo-jin sets out to travel from South Korea to Iceland (she is a bird researcher and has been given a grant to work at an institution there), but before she can make it to Iceland so many unexpected events happen. Viewers will discover why Soo-jin is so drawn to Hye-na and they will grow into the quite unexpected mother-daughter pair we're all rooting for. This show will ask viewers to think about what it means to be a mother/who gets to be one and will leave your eyes puffy from sobbing after every episode. Mother is one of South Korea's most highly-rated series.

Love Alarm

In a world where an app lets you know whether or not someone is in love with you within a 10-meter radius, feelings are transparent even when you don't want them to be. The story centers around a hardworking and studious student Kim Jo-jo who catches the eye of two guys (who just so happen to be best friends and basically are like brothers) in her school: Hwang Sun-oh and Lee Hye-yeong. Sun-oh is a model from a rich family and could not be any more different from Jo-jo but they fall for each other. As time passes, the two drift apart and Hye-yeong sees this as a chance to finally confess his feelings for Jo-jo. At the end of season one we're left with a cliffhanger: who will Jo-jo choose to be with?

My Holo Love

When Han So-yeon accidentally comes into possession of a pair of glasses that projects a hologram AI named Holo, she unexpectedly falls in love with him. She eventually meets the elusive creator of Holo, Ko Nan-do, who is the spitting image of Holo (as Nan-do created Holo after himself). Nan-do falls for So-yeon despite trying to resist his feelings and the idea of love. So-yeon also falls for Nan-do, but before the two can really become a couple they will have to embark on a journey of self-discovery while also trying to avoid villains who are after the Holo technology.

One Spring Night

This show explores the relationship between Lee Jung-In and Yoo Ji-ho, a pharmacist and single dad. Jung-In is in a serious relationship with banker Kwon Gi-Seok, but is doubtful about marrying him despite pressures from her family. After a chance encounter with Ji-ho, she realizes that she has developed feelings for him and he for her. The two have to overcome a series of obstacles if they want to be together, but will they come out of this journey unscathed?

Strangers From Hell

If you're looking for a creepy, pull-blankets-up-to-your-eyes kind of drama, watch this show. It follows a young man in his 20s, Yoon Jong-woo, who moves to the countryside to Seoul after his friend offered him a job. He needs a place to live and ends up finding Eden Gosiwon, an unkempt but inexpensive apartment with a communal kitchen and bathroom. He decides to stay for six months until he has enough money to move out, but starts noticing weird behaviors and strange happenings in the apartment building. One of his neighbors, played by Goblin's Lee Dong-wook, is a dentist by day and serial killer by night. We'll stop here and let the other suspenseful events shock you to your core.

The King: Eternal Monarch

This Korean drama has it all: parallel universes, time travel, a handsome king, a strong female detective, tragedy, and romance. The show tells the story of Lee Gon (played by one of South Korea's most popular actors: Lee Min-ho), a Korean emperor who rules The Kingdom of Corea (the North and South are still unified in this world) and discovers a portal opening in the bamboo forest that leads him to a parallel universe&mdashthe world that we know today. He meets, and falls in love, with detective Jung Tae-eul (played by Goblin's Kim Go-eun) in this world and they have to work together to close this time portal before their two worlds collide and freeze in time forever. Will they succeed in their journey and will their love be able to transcend time?

Hospital Playlist

Grey's Anatomy and other medical drama stans will want to dive right into this drama that depicts the stories of people working at a hospital. The five doctors have been friends for 20 years (they all went to the same medical school) and now they're colleagues navigating through a career centered around life and death. This show is currently one of the highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history and a second season is set to premiere in 2021!

Extracurricular

Sky Castle's Kim Dong-hee stars in a lead role as Oh Ji-soo in this show. The drama centers around three high school students who commit crimes to earn money and along the way encounter dangerous enemies and obstacles. It will take an episode or two for you to fully grasp what is happening before you appreciate the intricate storytelling that is being told by director Kim Jin-min. Hang in there for the journey.

Mystic Pop-up Bar

This show checks off the boxes for drama, fantasy, and mystery. The storyline centers on Ssanggab Cart Bar, which is only open at night on the rooftop of a building. Wol-Ju (played by Hwang Jung-eum) runs the mysterious food cart and customers who visit her consist of the living and dead. While drinking and eating, they converse with Wol-Ju about themselves and their internal struggles.

Memories of the Alhambra

This fantasy drama is perfect for Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye fans (you may remember her from the popular show The Heirs) . The two actors play each other's romantic interest in Memories of the Alhambra, which is set between Spain and South Korea. (Fun fact: Park Shin-hye learned Spanish for the show, so her voice is not dubbed!) They encounter each other in Spain when Hyun Bin's character, Yoo Jin-woo, arrives to the hostel owned by Park Shin-hye's character, Jung Hee-joo, because he wants her to sign over the rights to develop her brother's augmented reality game. (The brother, meanwhile, has vanished into thin air). Jin-woo starts playing the game and eventually realizes it is causing those around him to die. If he wants to save himself and Jung Hee-joo's missing brother, he has to complete the dangerous quests.

Crash Landing on You

A South Korean heiress, Yoon Se-ri, gets caught in a storm while paragliding and finds herself blown off course into North Korea. Se-ri then runs into Ri Jeong-hyeok, Captain of the North Korean Special Forces and a member of the North Korean elite family. Captain Ri eventually hatches a plan to get Se-ri back to South Korea with the help of his squad, but not before they all tackle the obstacles that come their way&mdashand then some. This drama mixes romance with comedy and ultimately tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers. It's currently the highest rated tvN drama and the second-highest Korean drama in cable television history.

Vagabond

Cha Dal-Geon is a stunt man with a struggling career when he finds out his nephew dies in a plane crash that also killed 211 civilians. Dal-geon runs into someone who was on that doomed flight and becomes convinced that someone sabotaged his nephew's flight. He embarks on a dangerous investigation, which puts him on a path with covert operative Go Hae-ri, who is trying to help the victims' families. Together, the two uncover a tangled web of lies and a more sinister conspiracy than they expected.

Hyena

Yoon Hee-jae is a handsome attorney who's confident in crushing his opponents in court. He has a "chance" meeting at a laundromat with a mysterious woman and ends up falling for her only to later discover that the woman, Jung Geum-ja, is actually an attorney representing the opposite side. She had strategically won Hee-jae's heart (and his case files) because she really needs a win to save her struggling business. Despite being wronged, Hee-jae is attracted to Geum-ja and the pair duke it out in court. If Yoon Hee-jae looks familiar to you it's because the character is played by Ju Ji-hoon, who also plays the dazzling Crown Prince in Kingdom.

Hi, Bye Mama

If you like a little supernatural pizazz with your drama, this show is for you. Cha Yoo-ri is a ghost who died five years ago, leaving behind her husband, Jo Kang-hwa, and their child. In a move to become a living human again, Cha Yoo-ri carries out a reincarnation project for 49 days. When she reappears to Jo Kang-hwa, however, she finds that her husband has changed a lot since she died.

Nobody Knows

If you're a detective drama nut, then 2020's slate of K-dramas is the gift that keeps on giving. In Nobody Knows, a detective named Cha Young-jin carries guilt and trauma over the death of her teenage friend, who was murdered by a serial killer 19 years ago. Unsurprisingly, the series follows Cha Young-jin as she hunts down the serial killer.

Itaewon Class

Where to start with this one? This series tells the story of Park Sae-roy, who opens a restaurant in Itaewon after having spent a few years in prison for beating up Jang Geun-won, the son and heir to Jangga Group. The two have a rough history and now, with a fresh start, Park Sae-roy wants to not only franchise his restaurant DanBam, but have it overtake Jangga Group as a household name. (His ultimate goal is to get revenge for his father's death, which was caused by the Jangga family.) The CEO of Jangga Group is a self-made man of success and he will not let Park Sae-roy defeat him or his son. The two engage in a power struggle throughout the entire series that's filled with juicy plot twists and turns.

The Heirs

This drama tells the story of a group of rich, privileged high school students who will one day take over their families businesses. The coming-of-age themes explored in the drama include identity, wealth, and relationships. One of the main characters is Kim Tan, a chaebol heir to Jeguk Group, who hasn't had the easiest relationship with his older half-brother Kim Won because he thinks Tan is trying to steal their father's company from him. To make Tan's life even more difficult, he ends up falling in love with his housekeeper's daughter, Cha Eun-sang, much to his father's disapproval and he has to compete with classmate Choi Young Do's sudden interest in Eun-sang too when she transfers into their elite school. Tan seeks to overcome all the obstacles to be with Eun-sang no matter what his family or friends at school say.

Legend of the Blue Sea

This fantasy romance show explores the relationship between a con artist and a mermaid who meet and fall in love. The mermaid, Shim Cheong, (played by the talented and beautiful Jun Ji-hyun) follows her lover Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho) to land unbeknownst to him that she is a mer person. Juxtaposed against present day, the storyline also focuses on the two's Joseon-era incarnations, town head Kim Dam-ryeong and the mermaid Se-hwa. That pair met a tragic fate, so what does this mean for their current counterparts? Will Shim Cheong and Joon-jae meet the same bad fate?

Autumn in My Heart

This 2000 South Korean drama's legacy and popularity is the equivalent to that of Titanic. The show is considered a pioneer in Korean melodramatic series and helped launch the "Korean Wave." The plot: Two girls are born in October and an accidental switch of their name tags at the hospital leads them down very different paths. Eun-suh has a happy life with her loving parents and brother, Jun-suh, while Shin-ae is raised by a single parent in poverty. One day Eun-suh gets into a car accident and a blood test reveals Eun-suh and Shin-ae were swapped at birth. The girls go back to their original parents. Years later, Eun-suh and her "brother" Jun-suh meet again, the start of a love story. Make sure to have some tissues on hand because this show is a major tearjerker.

The K2

The story focuses on Kim Je-ha, a former mercenary soldier for Blackstone, who becomes a bodyguard for Choi Yoo-jin, wife of presidential candidate Jang Se-joon. Throughout the series, the couple has a power struggle with another presidential candidate, Park Kwan-soo, who, unbeknownst to him, has a shared history with Je-ha. As part of his bodyguard duties, Je-ha is also assigned to protect Se-joon's illegitimate daughter Go An-na, who Yoo-jin is trying to kill. Je-ha and Anna fall in love with each other while Je-ha tries to exact revenge against Park Kwan-soo and protect Anna from her own family. Will he succeed?

Goblin (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)

This series, written by Kim Eun-sook, is the fourth highest-rated Korean drama of all time. The fantasy romance is about a modern day goblin, Gong Yoo, who needs a human bride (Kim Go Eun) to end his cursed immortal life. His life then becomes intertwined with a grim reaper, Lee Dong-wook, who is unable to remember his past. The story evolves as all these strangers lives intertwine.

Sky Castle

This series follows the journeys of four women and their families as they try to maintain the status quo among the upper crust of South Korean society. The drama revolves around one mother's obsession with getting her daughter into an elite university by any means necessary. sound familiar? This one is a nice mix of romance, soapy drama, and comedy, so if you enjoy human-interest stories, Sky Castle is definitely the K-drama for you.

The Last Empress

Do you enjoy stress? Have you ever found yourself shouting at your TV/computer screen at characters who can't hear you? Do you have a lot of free time on your hands, or time that you should spend being productive that you will instead devote to doing something else in the name of self-care?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you need to watch The Last Empress right now . With 52 episodes, this drama is not for the weak of heart people who prefer a neat plot should probably steer clear because the storyline is very. involved, to say the least.

In an alternate universe, South Korea is still under the rule of a constitutional monarchy, and the royal family has its fair share of dangerous secrets that could be exposed by its new empress, a bright musical theater actress with a one-sided crush on her husband. Throw in a bodyguard harboring a huge chip on his shoulder and a fake identity, and you've got yourself a really wild ride. 10/10 would recommend if you, like me, live for drama.

Touch Your Heart

I'm somewhat biased because I am an unabashed Lee Dong-wook stan, but Touch Your Heart is really, really fun to watch. Things take place in a high-powered law firm, where a washed-up actress works as a secretary for a cranky attorney. The two leads have great chemistry&mdashthey've played star-crossed lovers in another drama, Goblin&mdashand they're both extremely good-looking. Plus, it's another workplace love story! Is the universe trying to send me a sign?

The Fiery Priest

What do you get when you put a wayward priest, a detective who should have lost his job awhile ago, and a sheisty prosecutor in one room? The Fiery Priest! This 40-episode drama is far from over, but the shenanigans that have unfolded so far have been nothing short of amazing. If you're into action-packed crime shows that are also really funny, this is right up your alley.

Angel's Last Mission: Love

In this KBS drama, a tough as nails former ballerina tries to regain her prima donna status with the help of her mischievous guardian angel. Blinded in a tragic accident, Lee Yeon-seo is desperate to get back to the stage, but the scheming and conniving of the people around her prevents her from making her return. Dan, a guardian angel just one mission away from completing his duties on earth, gets suckered into yet another assignment and falls in love on the job.

(True k-pop stans will immediately recognize the lead character in Angel's Last Mission: Love&mdashit's L from the iconic group Infinite! Sadly, I don't think we'll be getting much singing in this drama. but you can stream "The Chaser" on all platforms.)

My Fellow Citizens

K-pop fans who are also obsessed with k-dramas are eating good this year! In his second project since his 2017 discharge from a mandatory two year military service, Super Junior member Choi Si-won returns to the TV scene as a master grifter down on his luck when finds himself the victim of a major con. His character, nowhere near qualified to do much besides scamming, is suddenly strong-armed into running for a seat in the Korean National Assembly. On top of all that, he falls in love with a police officer known to go after criminals who specialize in fraud.

Even if you're not really into plots about politics, the opportunity to swoon over the beauty that Choi Si-won each episode is 100 percent worth your viewing. Put this on your list right now&mdashthank me later.

Perfume

Fans of Shin Sung-rok (The King's Face, The Last Empress), rejoice&mdashyour second lead syndrome is over! The actor finally snagged a leading role in the KBS romantic comedy Perfume as Seo Yi-do, an eccentric fashion designer plagued with endless phobias. He's known for often playing the villain (he's really good at being bad), but in this drama, you can actually root for him to get the girl!

The premise is simple, at least for a Korean drama: A depressed housewife on the brink of a breakdown receives a magic perfume that makes her into an entirely new person. With her new face and identity, she decides to pursue a modeling career, and ultimately clashes with the prickly self-proclaimed god of fashion.

Arthdal Chronicles

While many of the most popular Korean dramas are romantic comedies, some of the best series within the K-drama universe often lean in a different direction. And Arthdal Chronicles, a Netflix epic about a mythical ancient land and the power struggles that happen within its borders, could very well fall in that category.

Story-wise, Arthdal Chronicles is somewhat different from what you're used to, but if you're a fan of fantasy worlds and magic à la Lord of the Rings or even Harry Potter, this is right up your alley. Plus, the drama is packed with star power, featuring Jang Dong-gun (who starred in the Korean remake of Suits!) Song Joong-ki (Descendants of the Sun), and Kim Ji-won (The Heirs).

Chief of Staff

Remember House of Cards? The Netflix original series followed the complex and super sheisty lives of politicians and journalists in Washington, D.C. The show was nothing short of a hit, but it came to an unfortunate end once its star became embroiled in a very serious, very disturbing controversy.

Chief of Staff is a lot like House of Cards, but rest assured, the drama is maintained within the show. There's scheming, manipulation, illicit affairs, serious criminal activity, and a whole lot of lying to the general public by the voters by the very people they put in office&mdashsounds appropriate for the day and age we're living in, no?

Doctor John

All is right in the world because everyone's fave Ji-sung is baaaaack! The Hallyu heartthrob returns to your TV and computer screens in the medical drama Doctor John as an anesthesiologist fresh out of the big house for illegally performing euthanasia on a patient. He falls in love with a resident at the new hospital (and their chemistry is AMAZING), but there's trouble in paradise for Dr. John the prosecutor who put him in prison in the first place still has a pretty huge chip on his shoulder.

Hotel del Luna

The plot of Hotel del Luna is a little hard to explain, but all you really need to know is that the cast is excellent (IU and Yeo Jin-goo lead the pack), and it's about a ghost hotel! To be more specific, a hotel that's completely run by ghosts&mdashwho are stuck between life and the afterlife&mdashthat also only caters only to ghosts. Fans of all things spooky will love this one from finish to end.

My First First Love

In the mood for a warm and light coming-of-age story about falling in love for the first time? Check out My First First Love, now streaming on Netflix! The ensemble drama follows the lives of five friends in their early twenties living under one roof, so you know it's about to be messy.

True Beauty

This romantic comedy tells the story of Im Joo-kyung, a bold high schooler who, after being bullied for her looks, becomes a makeup expert to remedy her hormonal acne. Joo-kyung lives in fear of being caught without her makeup &ldquomask,&rdquo but that doesn&rsquot stop the brooding Lee Su Ho from falling for her natural beauty.

That Winter, The Wind Blows

If you want to dive into a soapy crime romance, then this drama is for you. This show has everything&ndashdeceit, weird couplings, family intrigue&ndashand tells the story of grifter Oh-soo and his attempt to con a blind heiress out of money to pay off a mob boss. Oh-soo pretends to be the heiress&rsquos long-lost brother, but things get complicated when he falls for her.

Something in the Rain

Although we love outrageously plotted k-dramas, Something in the Rain is a more straightforward and realistic look into an ill-fated romance and workplace discrimination. Yoon Jin-ah is a single career woman who begins a romance with her friend&rsquos little brother after he returned from a stint abroad. But their relationship draws an immense amount of scrutiny from their families, who don&rsquot approve. Jin-ah also faces a sexist workplace, where she and her female co-workers are demeaned by their male colleagues.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Do Bong-soon is an unemployed gamer with a secret: the woman in her family pass down super strength, but there&rsquos a catch&ndashif Bong-soon uses her powers unethically or to hurt people, she&rsquoll lose them. Enter Ahn Min-hyuk, a rich CEO of a gaming company who finds out her secret and hires Bong-soon as his bodyguard, which, in typical k-drama fashion, blossoms int0 love. After a string of crimes hit Bong Soon&rsquos neighborhood, she and Min-hyuk team up with detective In Guk-doo to solve the case.

Secret Love Affair

Oh Hye-won is the planning director at the acclaimed Seohan Arts Foundation and her husband trains piano prodigies at the adjacent college. After Hye-won discovers 20-year-old Lee Seon-jae, a genius who could raise the standing of her husband&rsquos school, she begins an affair with the student. Their problematic relationship and its fallout make for some jaw-dropping television.

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Because This Is My First Life

Does broke millennials working underpaid jobs and dealing with today&rsquos high cost of living sound familiar? The characters in Because This Is My First Life are just like us&ndashfollowing their dreams, working in high-powered industries, all the while just barely reaping the benefits. Nam Sae-hee (Lee Min-ki) is a software developer working for a start-up who suffers from a mortgage that eats up all his disposable income. Yoon Ji-ho (Jung So-min) is a struggling screenwriter who dreams of developing her own k-dramas, but she&rsquos relegated to being a highly underpaid writer&rsquos assistant on mediocre shows. After she&rsquos forced to move out of her apartment, she ends up renting out a room in Sae-hee&rsquos house. When they realize that a fake-marriage would be mutually advantageous for both their precarious financial situations and societal expectations, they decide to tie the knot. Obviously, one thing leads to another and they&rsquore unable to separate their contractual marriage from the real feelings that they begin to develop.

My Mister

My Mister tells the story of two people struggling with financial troubles, family drama, and loneliness. Park Dong-hun (Lee Sun-kyun) is a middle-aged engineer working under a boss who is younger than him, all the while providing for his two unemployed brothers and their mom. To make matters worse, Dong-hun&rsquos wife is having an affair with his boss (yikes). Meanwhile 20-something Lee Ji-an (K-pop star IU) is in a mountain of debt and will do just about anything to get the loan sharks off her back. After she catches Dong-hun accepting a bribe, she decides to steal gift certificates he received in an attempt to pay off her loans. Heart-wrenching and hopeful, the show tells the story of two people developing a sweet kinship while trying to dig themselves out of trouble.

Love in the Moonlight

Set in Joseon-era Korea, this coming-of-age historical drama follows the young woman Hong Ra-on (Kim Yoo Jung), who lives as a man in order to support herself as a love letter ghostwriter and relationship counselor. A chance encounter leads her to Prince Hyo-myeong (Park Bo-gum), who takes an interest in her despite believing that she is a male eunuch. Meanwhile, there&rsquos a political insurrection brewing&ndashcan the prince keep his hold on power while dealing with his feelings for Ra-on?

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