Dear My Friends

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Dear My Friends
Dear My Friends poster.jpeg
Written byNoh Hee-kyung
Directed byHong Jong-chan
Narrated byGo Hyun-jung
Theme music composer
  • Choi In-hee
  • The Chairman
  • Yoo Young-jun
Opening theme"Go Go! Picnic" by Martin Smith
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Executive producers
  • Lee Jong-ok
  • Lee Jeong-mook
Production locations
Production companies
DistributorStudio Dragon
Original networktvN
Picture format1080i
Original releaseMay 13 (2016-05-13) –
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02)

Dear My Friends (Korean디어 마이 프렌즈; RRDieo Mai Peurenjeu) is a South Korean television series starring Go Hyun-jung, Kim Hye-ja, Na Moon-hee, Go Doo-shim, Park Won-sook, Youn Yuh-jung, Joo Hyun, Kim Young-ok and Shin Goo.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It aired on cable network tvN on Fridays and Saturdays at 20:30 (KST) for 16 episodes from May 13 to July 2, 2016.


The stories between friends in their golden years of their lives. People who say some words like "It is not the end, we're still alive".


Main cast[edit]

  • Go Hyun-jung as Park Wan – age 37, a Japanese translation writer
  • Kim Hye-ja as Jo Hee-ja – age 72
  • Na Moon-hee as Moon Jeong-ah – age 72, Hee-ja's classmate, Seok-gyun's wife
  • Go Doo-shim as Jang Nan-hee – age 63, Park Wan's mother, Hee-ja and Jeong-ah's classmate and successful owner of a jjamppong shop
  • Park Won-sook as Lee Young-won – age 63, Nan-hee's classmate, a former actress and advertising model
  • Youn Yuh-jung as Oh Choong-nam – age 65, Nan-hee and Young-won's senior
  • Joo Hyun as Lee Seong-jae – age 72, a former attorney, Hee-ja and Jeong-ah's school friend
  • Kim Young-ok as Oh Ssang-boon – age 86, Nan-hee's mother
  • Shin Goo as Kim Seok-gyun – age 75, Jeong-ah's husband

Extended cast[edit]

  • Jo In-sung as Seo Yeon-ha – age 32, Park Wan's friend, Slovenia resident
  • Lee Kwang-soo as Yoo Min-ho – early age 30, Hee-ja's youngest son
  • Nam Neung-mi [ko] as Gi-ja – age 72
  • Baek Seung-do [ko] as Yang Joo-young – Choong-nam's parental nephew
  • Byeon Woo-seok as Son Jong-sik – Choong-nam's outside nephew
  • Yeom Hye-ran as Soon-young – Jeong-ah's first daughter
  • Kwon Hyuk as Oh Se-oh – Jeong-ah's first son-in-law
  • Kang Eun-jin as Kim Ho-young – Jeong-ah's second daughter
  • Han Jeong-hyun as Soo-young – Jeong-ah's third daughter
  • Kim Jeong-hwan as Jang In-bong – Ssang-boon's son, Park Wan's uncle
  • Cha Jong-ho [ko] as Pal-dal – Nan-hee's jjamppong shop employee
  • Jeong Eui-soon as Nan-hee's jjamppong shop employee
  • Ji Yi-soo as Sang-sook – Nan-hee's jjamppong shop employee
  • Go Bo-gyeol as Ha-neul – Hee-ja's youngest daughter-in-law
  • Lee Kwang-soo as Bong-yi – Seok-gyun's elementary school alumni
  • Go Jin-myung as security colleague
  • Kwak In-joon [ko] as professor Yang
  • Kim Tae-hoon as professor Lee

Supporting Cast[edit]

  • Joo Boo-jin as cathedral congregation member
  • Choi Jae-seop as Hee-ja's son
  • Jo Seung-yeon as Hee-ja's son
  • Park Seong-yeon as Hee-ja's daughter-in-law
  • Park Soo-bin as Hee-ja's daughter-in-law
  • Kang Moon-kyung
  • Yoo Pil-ran
  • Kim Pil
  • Kim Hak-yim
  • Jo Hye-won
  • Kim Kyung-ae [ko]
  • Kim Byung-choon [ko]
  • Kim Hak-seon [ko]
  • Ok Joo-ri
  • Park Gwi-soon [ko] as taxi driver
  • Noh Nam-seok
  • Kwon Jae-hyun as Soon-cheol
  • Lee Jeong-goo as priest
  • Baek Eun-kyung
  • Goo Bon-young
  • Kim Yeon-hee
  • Shin Shin-beom as Seok-gyun's younger brother
  • Kim Mi-ryang as Seok-gyun's sister-in-law
  • Kim Jeong-soo
  • Jin Seok-chan
  • Woo Sang-wook as young Kim Seok-gyun
  • Nam Jeong-hee [ko] as elderly nursing home care helper
  • Kwon Hyuk-soo as nursing home care helper
  • Kim Ya-ni

Cameo appearances[edit]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Part 1[edit]

1."Baby Blue"Kevin Oh3:15
2."Baby Blue" (Inst.) 3:15
Total length:6:30

Part 2[edit]

1."Wonderful (얼마나 좋아)"Jannabi (잔나비)3:01
2."Beautiful"Jannabi (잔나비)3:01
3."Beautiful" (Eng Ver.)Jannabi (잔나비)3:01
Total length:9:03

Part 3[edit]

1."Want to Be Free (바람에 머문다)"Lyn3:27
2."Want to Be Free (바람에 머문다)" (Inst.) 3:27
Total length:6:54

Part 4[edit]

1."Don't Go (떠나가지마)"Park Ji-min3:16
2."Don't Go (떠나가지마)" (Inst.) 3:16
Total length:6:32

Part 5[edit]

1."Go Go! Picnic"Martin Smith3:37
2."Be My Side"Da-eun3:09
3."Paso a Paso"Edan3:37
Total length:10:23


In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Original broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[7] TNmS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide
1 May 13, 2016 Sorry, I'm Not Curious About You Guys.
(미안하지만, 난 당신들이 궁금하지 않아요)
4.895% 4.386% 4.0%
2 May 14, 2016 I Can Do It Alone. I Can Live Alone.
(혼자 할 수 있어요. 혼자 살 수 있어요.)
4.000% 3.729% 4.1%
3 May 20, 2016 Down to the Braless Street with a Torn Jeans
(노브라에 찢어진 청바지를 입고 길 위에서)
4.676% 4.875% 4.1%
4 May 21, 2016 Please, I Beg Everyone, Don't Say You Know Everything About Us.
(부디, 부탁하건대 당신들, 우릴 다 안다 하지 마세요.)
3.420% 3.124% 3.0%
5 May 27, 2016 Don't Be Lonely. I'm Beside You.
(외로워 마세요. 그대 곁에 내가 있어요.)
4.489% 4.648% 4.5%
6 May 28, 2016 The Way You Can Return, The Way You Can't Return
(되돌아 갈 수 있는 길 되돌아 갈 수 없는 길)
3.874% 4.119% 3.5%
7 June 3, 2016 The Wind Blows. The Waves Are Hitting.
(바람이 분다. 파도가 친다)
4.989% 5.888% 3.9%
8 June 4, 2016 As If Nothing Had Happened
(마치 아무 일도 없었던 것처럼)
3.970% 4.053% 3.2%
9 June 10, 2016 Life Is Really Very Beautiful, Isn't It?
(인생 정말 아름답지 아니한가)
5.211% 5.328% 4.5%
10 June 11, 2016 Honing the Sword of Revenge 1
(복수의 칼날을 갈며 1)
4.486% 4.550% 3.8%
11 June 17, 2016 Honing the Sword of Revenge 2
(복수의 칼날을 갈며 2)
5.467% 5.909% 4.6%
12 June 18, 2016 What I Was Aware Of, A Hundred of My Sins.
What I Was Unaware Of, Tons of My Sins.

(내가 알고 지은 죄, 백가지. 내가 모르고 지은 죄, 천가지 만가지)
5.294% 5.015% 4.1%
13 June 24, 2016 Like a Mother to the End, Like a Fighter to the End 1
(끝까지 엄마답게, 끝까지 투사처럼 1)
5.942% 5.744% 5.1%
14 June 25, 2016 Like a Mother to the End, Like a Fighter to the End 2
(끝까지 엄마답게, 끝까지 투사처럼 2)
5.383% 5.972% 4.4%
15 July 1, 2016 When Did We Ever Look at You This Long?
(우리가 언제 당신을 이렇게 오래 바라봐 준 적 있었나?)
8.087% 9.259% 6.8%
16 July 2, 2016 Our Love Story
(우리들의 러브 스토리)
6.870% 7.222% 6.0%
Average 5.066% 5.239% 4.4%
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Best Screenplay Noh Hee-kyung Won
tvN10 Awards Best Actress Go Hyun-jung Nominated
Kim Hye-ja Nominated
Best Content Award, Drama Dear My Friends Won
Two Star Award Shin Goo Nominated
Youn Yuh-jung Nominated
Best Kiss Award Jo In-sung and Go Hyun-jung 4th place
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards[8][9] Best Drama Dear My Friends Won
Best Director Hong Jong-chan Nominated
Best Screenplay Noh Hee-kyung Won


A Chinese remake of the same name aired on Hunan TV in 2017.


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  7. ^ "Nielsen Korea". Nielsen Korea (in Korean). Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Han In-goo (April 7, 2017). "공유·박보검·남궁민·한석규…백상예술대상 男TV연기상 4파전". Star Today (in Korean). Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Kim So-yeon (May 4, 2017). "'Guardian', 'The Handmaiden' win big at Baeksang Awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved May 4, 2017.

External links[edit]

(in Korean)