Then and now of ‘School’: Why this series is still making waves today!

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The coming-of-age drama series, School is back with School 2017, aired from July 17 – September 15 (16 episodes in total).

Did you know that the very first season of School aired back in 1999? That’s 18 years ago!

The drama series ran till 2002 followed by a long break for almost a decade. It rebooted in 2013 with three seasons. Compare to other K-dramas that made one or two seasons, this one did six seasons.

How is it that this classic hit drama series is able to maintain its popularity all the way till now?

Here’s why we think School continues to be popular even over TWO DECADES!!

Many of today’s stars got their big break in the series

School series - Jang Hyuk in School 1999
Jang Hyuk acted in the first season of ‘School’ (Source: Soompi)

Every season, there is an entirely new group of cast and characters. As a result, we see a new set of budding stars in every season. Many of them have had lasting acting careers till today.

Here’s a few you might recognise:

  • School 1 – Bae Doo-na & Jang Hyuk
  • School 2 – Ha Ji-won
  • School 3 – Jon In-sung
  • School 4 – Gong Yoo
  • Who Are You: School 2015 – Yook Sung-jae

These actors and actresses were given the starting steps to becoming superstars. Their true fans have followed their journey by watching them from the very beginning. You are definitely a fan of them way back before they were cool if you follow them on School.

A setting that we can actually relate to

School series EP 11 of School 2017

School 2017 follows the lives of high school students in South Korea.

They laugh, learn, and find love as students in a highly competitive environment. Getting high grades is such a huge concern that they even get discriminated in the canteen based on scores!

This setting perfectly fits its target audience among K-drama fans because every one of us has been through this exact same thing!

Twists and mysteries in every story

The whole school premise is common but there is ALWAYS a twist in the story! The writers have to constantly come up with interesting plots so fans will keep coming back to watch the series.

Take a look at the ending of episode 1 – a hooded character is seen causing a fire incident in one of the classrooms. All of a sudden, it ends with a cliffhanger and we can’t wait to watch the next episode.

Cliff hangers will always keep us coming back for more!

Time to pack our schoolbags and head for class. See you there!

With its great cast and twisted & relatable storyline of coming-of-age high school life, you definitely need to binge-watch the whole series including School 2017, starring K-pop idol group main vocalist Kim Se-jeong, Kim Jung-hyun, Jang Dong-yoon, Han Joo-wan, and Han Sun-hwa.

Watch School 2013 and School 2017 now on Viu.

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Written by Lu Yin Wai

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