My Father is Strange Thoughts
‘My Father is Strange’ is a 50 episode weekend drama. Yes, it is long, and not one of those “hip” dramas that have a weekday timeslot. However, with enough youthful romance and concerns relevant to those in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, and so forth, this family drama is solid as a family drama — it lives up to its genre.
|Original title||아버지가 이상해|
|No. of Episodes||50|
|Original Release||March 4, 2017 – present|
About a family that lives on the outskirts of Seoul which consists of the father, his wife, their three daughters, and their one son. However, one day, a young man, who is a member of an idol group, shows up at the household claiming that he is the son of the family.
- Kim Yeong-cheol as Byun Han-soo/Lee Yoon-seok (60)
- Kim Hae-sook as Na Young-shil (58)
- Ryu Soo-young as Cha Jung-hwan (38)
- Lee Yoo-ri as Byun Hye-young – Byun Han-soo and Na Young-shil’s eldest daughter (2nd child) (34)
- Lee Joon as Ahn Joong-hee (36)
- Jung So-min as Byun Mi-young – Byun Han-soo and Na Young-shil’s 2nd daughter (3rd child) (31)
It’s usually quite unlikely for me to watch a family drama, because (1) I really dislike long dramas like this — 30 episodes is my limit and also because (2) while these family dramas are certainly melo—, they get too melo. From birth secrets, to Romeo & Juliet-esque romance lines, it is sure that there will be some frustrating elder (i.e. that evil mother-in-law or that evil chairman) standing in what seems like everyone’s way from start to finish.
‘Father is Strange’ will have similar elements, but I think it’s relatively bearable because there’s no true villain — rather the characters are in a conflict with themselves and misunderstandings ultimately stemming from their inner conflicts. I don’t think I’m spoiling the plot too much when I throw this up in the air since this piece of info is revealed pretty early on, but SKIP OVER THE RED TO AVOID SPOILERS. This drama revolves around the Byun family. The father of the house has been living with his deceased friend’s name for 30+ years and has made a happy family in that span of time. However, one day, an idol-turned-actor shows up and claims that he’s the son of the father. We follow the story(ies) of this happy family as they try to stay happy while the father tries to cover up the truth behind his identity. He’s a kind man, as he is willing to take in his new “son” and treat him with as much warmth as possible even though he technically does not owe the son anything.
This drama gained a lot of spotlight for the romances of the 3 sisters of the Byun family. The eldest sister
While the maknae sister’s romance has garnered quite a lot of attention, I actually don’t pay any attention to it. Instead, I am most interested in Ahn Joonghui (Lee Joon)’s and Byun Miyeong (Jung Somin)’s romance. In the beginning, I did pay some attention to the eldest sister’s romance, but I gradually lost interest — not because their story is boring (it’s probably the most interesting), but it’s just a matter of preference.
I find Joonghui X Miyeong’s romance really intriguing(?) because theirs is most directly affected by their father’s identity. Joonghui eventually finds himself falling for Miyeong, but realizes he must seriously stop because of incest. It’s so cute watching them fall in love, but yet frustrating. Technically, both of them have feelings for each other, but at 36 episodes in, Miyeong still hasn’t consciously acknowledged this yet. Miyeong initially met Joonghui through a series of misunderstandings as she becomes Joonghui’s manager by chance. As the drama progresses, Joongui warms up to his manager, to the point he falls for her pretty hard. Miyeong also starts to have an affection for him too, but of course, when Joonghui cuts himself off (or tries to, at least), everything is put on hold and Miyeong is faced with a lot of confusion. She’s extra confused because Joonghui is still very warm towards all the family members, with the exception of Miyeong. She is also his sister (or is she… 😉 ), but has been his manager buddy for some time, but sudden cold-shoulder treatment?! I’m itching for Joonghui to finally find out about the whole identity thing, because my ship is important!!! *hairflip*
As this drama is quite long and I don’t really like the other character’s stories, I mostly skip over all the scenes except for those where the Father, Miyeong, and Joonghui appear. I actually have no idea who the maknae sister is dating. Oops.
If you have the time, I would say that this 50 episode drama is worth your time — even if I haven’t watched all of it. If you have the time, but you don’t want to commit 100%, maybe take a leaf out of my book and watch the first couple of episodes and watch the storylines that you are interested in only.
Give this drama or any family drama a try! Sure, other dramas may boast excitement, suspense, etc., but family dramas can give you a different kind of warmth 🙂