Kim's Convenience (TV series)
|Based on||Kim's Convenience|
by Ins Choi
|Developed by||Ins Choi|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||28|
|Executive producer(s)||Ivan Fecan |
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Thunderbird Films|
|Original network||CBC Television|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||October 11, 2016 – present|
Kim's Convenience is a Canadian television sitcom that premiered on CBC Television in October 2016. The series centres on the Korean Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in the Moss Park neighbourhood of Toronto: parents "Appa" (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and "Umma" (Jean Yoon) – Korean for "dad" and "mom" – along with their daughter Janet (Andrea Bang) and estranged son Jung (Simu Liu). Additional characters include Jung's friend and co-worker Kimchee (Andrew Phung) and his manager Shannon (Nicole Power). The series is based on Ins Choi's 2011 play of the same name.
The first season was filmed from June to August 2016 at Showline Studios in Toronto. It is produced by Thunderbird Films in conjunction with Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company, with Lee and Yoon reprising their roles from the play. Scripts were created by Choi and Kevin White, who had previously written for Corner Gas.
Cast and characters
- Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Mr. Kim ("Appa"). The family patriarch, Kim Sang-il was a teacher in his homeland before immigrating to Canada with his wife where they now own and operate 'Kim's Convenience', a grocery store in Toronto's Moss Park neighbourhood. Mr. Kim is traditional, proud and stubborn, practical, opinionated and blunt. He is 56 years old at the start of the series and estranged from his son Jung, a frayed relationship he gradually attempts to mend beginning in Season 2.
- Jean Yoon as Mrs. Kim ("Umma"). The family matriarch, Kim Yong-mi, 54 at the start of the series, was also a teacher in Korea. She is hardworking and kind but also meddles in the lives of her family. Her life revolves around the store, family, and church, where she volunteers.
- Andrea Bang as Janet Kim, 20 at the start of the series, Mr. and Mrs. Kim's daughter and Jung's sister. She is the family member in most frequent contact with Jung. Attending OCAD University, where she studies photography, Janet is a talented artist but is frustrated by her parents' traditionalism, their lack of support for her art, and the fact that they overparent her due to Jung's estrangement from the household.
- Simu Liu as Jung Kim, 24 at the start of the series. Mr. and Mrs. Kim's son and Janet's brother. Jung works at Handy Car Rental, where he is promoted to assistant manager at the beginning of the series but returns to his former job after an attempt at moving to another company is scuttled. He was a rebellious teenager who had engaged in petty street crimes, earning him a brief stint in juvenile detention, but has since cleaned up his act. He was kicked out of the family home by Mr. Kim after stealing from him and remains estranged from his father though he is still in contact with the rest of the family, and gradually reconnects with his father over the course of the series.
- Andrew Phung as Kimchee, 25 at the start of the series. Jung's best friend, co-worker, roommate, and former partner in crime. He is promoted to assistant manager after Jung initially leaves Handy at the end of Season 2, now serving as his superior.
- Nicole Power as Shannon Ross, 26. The manager of Handy Car Rental, and Jung and Kimchee's boss, she has a crush on Jung in season 1 and is often awkward in her attempts to appear cool and hip.
- John Ng as Mr. Chin, Mr. Kim's friend and a successful entrepreneur, owning several businesses. Fastidious, he does not like to do manual labour. He is single.
- Ben Beauchemin as Gerald, Janet's classmate at OCAD. He is intimidated by Mr. Kim and has awkward interactions with him. He and Janet later become roommates after Janet moves out in season 2.
- Michael Musi as Terence, a mild-mannered employee at Handy Car Rental whom Kimchee inexplicably hates. He is promoted to back manager at Handy's in Season 3.
- Getenesh Berhe as Semira, another of Janet's OCAD photography classmates and friends.
- Derek McGrath as Frank, a repairman and friend of Mr. Kim's who tells pointless anecdotes while working.
- Soo-Ram Kim as Nayoung, Janet's cheery, popular and trendy cousin from South Korea in season 1. In season 2 she moves to Canada to attend the University of Waterloo.
- Michael Xavier as Alex Jackson, a police officer who was Jung's childhood friend and who is romantically interested in Janet.
- Sabrina Grdevich as Ms Murray, one of Janet's professors at OCAD. She thinks Mr. Kim is a harsh and abusive guy. Her parenting philosophy is to never say no to her 5-year-old son.
- Hiro Kanagawa as Pastor Choi, the pastor at Mrs. Kim's church.
- Amanda Brugel as Pastor Nina Gomez, associate pastor at Mrs. Kim's church.
- Christina Song as Mrs. Lee, Grace Lee's mother and Mrs. Kim's friend.
- Uni Park as Mrs. Park, a supercilious and well-to-do parishioner at Mrs. Kim's church who looks down on the Kims.
- Sugith Varughese as Mr. Mehta, a friend of Mr. Kim's who plays cards with him and owns an Indian restaurant.
- Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll as Enrique, a nurse and regular customer.
- Tina Jung as Jeanie Park, Mrs. Park's introverted teenage daughter.
- Kris Hagen as Sketchy-Looking Dude, a regular customer.
- Marco Grazzini as Alejandro, Shannon's new boyfriend at the end of season 1, continuing into season 2.
- Ellora Patnaik as Mrs. Mehta, Mr. Mehta's wife and a friend of Mrs. Kim.
- Gabriella Sundar Singh as Chelsea, Gerald's girlfriend beginning in season 2. Moves in with Gerald and Janet in season 3.
- Akosua Amo-Adem as Stacie. One of Jung's co-workers after he returns to Handy in season 3.
- Ziad Ek as Omar. One of Jung's co-workers after he returns to Handy in season 3.
Interior scenes at the store, Handy Car Rental and home are shot at Showline Studios at 901 Lake Shore Boulevard East, where an exact replica of Mimi Variety, the model for the store, has been recreated. The studio is also used as the exterior of the car rental business. One episode was shot in Koreatown at Bloor and Christie Streets. The long established "Mimi Variety" store at 252 Queen Street East is used for exterior shots and as the model for the interior set built in the studio. While the signage has been adjusted, the "Kim's Convenience" sign uses the same red and green lettering and all other sections, such as the "7 DAYS A WEEK", are the original signage of Mimi Variety. The producers also painted a mural on an exterior wall, mostly seen in the credit sequence and for stock transitional shots as well as for promotional shots. The owners of the store have retained the new signage although the business has not officially changed its name.
Originally set to premiere on October 4, 2016, on CBC, the series premiere was delayed to October 11, 2016, with back-to-back episodes, so it would not conflict with the Toronto Blue Jays' American League Wild Card Game. The first season consists of 13 half-hour episodes.
On May 24, 2018, just 2 months after announcing the third season renewal of the show, CBC announced that the show had also been renewed for a fourth season. In this unprecedented move, the show was renewed for a fourth season even before the third season of the show had begun production.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||October 11, 2016||December 27, 2016|
|2||13||September 26, 2017||December 19, 2017|
|3||TBA||January 8, 2019||TBA|
Season 1 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Canada viewers|
|1||1||"Gay Discount"||Kaeden Michlick||Ins Choi & Kevin White||October 11, 2016||0.835|
|After being accused of homophobia, Appa decides to offer a store discount to gay customers during Toronto Pride Week — but he doesn't seem to be very good at determining who qualifies for it. Meanwhile, Umma tries to find a "cool Christian Korean boyfriend" for Janet.|
|2||2||"Janet's Photos"||Kaeden Michlick||Ins Choi & Kevin White||October 11, 2016||0.805|
|When Janet's photos start getting attention from admirers, Appa tries to prove he's a better photographer. Meanwhile, Jung decides to apply for a promotion at the car rental agency, to the dismay of Kimchee and Eomma, though for different reasons.|
|3||3||"Ddongjeem & Eomma's Picture"||Peter Wellington||Garry Campbell||October 18, 2016||0.749|
|Jung draws the wrong kind of attention from his boss when he gives Kimchee a ddong chim (Korean "wedgie") at work. Mr. Kim commissions Janet's friend, Gerald, to take his photo instead of asking Janet.|
|4||4||"Frank and Nayoung"||Dawn Wilkinson||Ins Choi & Kevin White||October 25, 2016||0.763|
|Mr. Kim is frustrated with Frank (Derek McGrath), a repairman who talks too much, while Janet's cousin Nayoung (Soo-Ram Kim) visits from Korea, challenging Janet's sense of what it means to be 'Korean.' Jung and Shannon get tickets to a Toronto Raptors game, but Jung starts to wonder if Shannon thinks it's a date.|
|5||5||"Wingman"||James Genn||Garry Campbell||November 1, 2016||N/A|
|Mr. Chin asks Mr. Kim to be his wingman on a date, which is fine until Mrs. Kim tags along. Janet asks Jung to help her fix a dripping pipe at the store, but the repair is interrupted by an intruder. A police officer (Michael Xavier) helps Jung resolve a misunderstanding and Jung recognizes him as his childhood friend Alex, who becomes reacquainted with Janet.|
|6||6||"Rude Kid"||James Genn||Sonja Bennett||November 15, 2016||N/A|
|Mr. Kim scolds Janet's professor's 5 year-old kid, when he misbehaves in the store, with unexpected consequences for Janet; Jung discovers Kimchee is making extra money by moonlighting for a carsharing company, illicitly using Handy Car Rental cars, and has to decide whether to let Terence get fired when Shannon wrongly suspects him as the culprit.|
|7||7||"Hapkido"||Dawn Wilkinson||Ins Choi||November 22, 2016||0.887|
|Janet takes a Hapkido class but Mr. Kim thinks he knows more than her teacher (Tommy Chang). Jung runs into Grace Lee (Eileen Li), an old flame; they both discover that their meeting was not accidental but part of a plan by their mothers to get them back together.|
|8||8||"Service"||James Genn||Rebecca Kohler||November 29, 2016||0.878|
|Mr. and Mrs. Kim's relationship is tested when Mr. Kim offers the attractive new female pastor (Amanda Brugel) some free items from the store. Janet dates Jung's friend, Alex, and Jung pretends to be cool with it.|
|9||9||"Best Before"||James Genn||Story by : Kevin White and Ins Choi |
Teleplay by : Anita Kapila
|December 6, 2016||N/A|
|Mr. Kim tries to prove that "best before" dates mean nothing when Janet objects to his selling expired ravioli; Mrs. Kim's serving up her homemade galbijjim at the church bazaar when a surprise visit by Jung forces her to admit that she's embarrassed by his troubled past.|
|10||10||"Janet's New Job"||Dawn Wilkinson||Anita Kapila||December 13, 2016||N/A|
|Janet is sick of working for free and finds a job at Handy Car Rental putting Jung in a difficult position when she notices that Jung and Shannon are attracted to each other; Appa hires Gerald to work in the store but Gerald is nervous and clumsy whenver Appa is around, which is all the time.|
|11||11||"Handyman"||Dawn Wilkinson||Kevin White||December 20, 2016||0.690|
|Mr. Kim fixes a broken toilet for Kimchee; Jung hides out with Shannon; when Edwin Carter (Kevin Bundy), an old acquaintance of Eomma's drops by, Janet believes there's more to his relationship with Mrs. Kim.|
|12||12||"Appa's Lump"||Peter Wellington||Anita Kapila||December 27, 2016||0.805|
|Mr. Kim finds a lump on his back and goes in for a biopsy; Janet wins an award at school; Shannon brings Jung to a work event which may also be a date, when he learns of Mr. Kim's surgery and must decide whether or not to ditch Shannon and go to hospital.|
|13||13||"Family Singing Contest"||Peter Wellington||Ins Choi & Kevin White||December 27, 2016||0.938|
|Janet signs a lease with Gerald and Semira but doesn't know how to break the news to her parents. Mrs Kim really wants her family to beat the Parks at the church's family singing festival, but Jung is reluctant to join them while Janet hopes entering the contest will put Eomma in a good mood to receive her news; Mr. Kim gets attention for his new SUV. Jung is surprised to learn that Shannon has a new boyfriend, Alejandro, (Marco Grazzini), whom she brings to the church festival, resulting in Jung realising he may have feelings for her.|
Season 2 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Canada viewers|
|14||1||"Janet's Roommate"||Peter Wellington||Ins Choi & Kevin White||September 26, 2017||0.516|
|Appa and Umma encourage Janet to stay home when her plans to move in with Gerald and Semira hit a snag. Kimchee tells Jung to make a move on Shannon, but her relationship with Alejandro shows no sign of ending.|
|15||2||"Business Award"||Peter Wellington||Matt Kippen||October 3, 2017||N/A|
|An award comes between Appa and Umma. Shannon begins biking to work. Janet and Gerald have their first argument as roommates.|
|16||3||"House Guest"||Peter Wellington||Ins Choi & Kevin White||October 10, 2017||N/A|
|Pastor Nina stays with the Kims while her apartment is being renovated. After a night with Janet and her college friends, Jung is worried he might not be that bright.|
|17||4||"Cardboard Jung"||Dawn Wilkinson||Ins Choi & Kevin White||October 17, 2017||N/A|
|Appa is ambivalent when Umma brings home a lifesized cardboard cutout of Jung made by Handy Car Rental as a promotion. Janet's cousin Nayoung returns.|
|18||5||"Date Night"||Aleysa Young||Ins Choi & Kat Sandler||October 24, 2017||N/A|
|Appa is pressured to make his date night with Umma more special. Jung looks online to replace Kimchee's sneakers.|
|19||6||"Resting Place"||Peter Wellington||Anita Kapila||October 31, 2017||N/A|
|A money-saving scheme comes back to haunt Appa when Umma discovers that he sold her burial plot 20 years ago; Janet's bedroom habits make Gerald uncomfortable; Jung does damage control after losing a play wrestling match to Kimchee.|
|20||7||"Sneak Attack"||Gary Campbell||Anita Kapila||November 7, 2017||N/A|
|Appa wants in on Umma's side business, while Janet assumes a new identity accidentally on purpose when she tries to get into a film festival after party. When Umma offers the store's old freezer to Jung and Kimchee, Jung is reluctant to accept it while Kimchee and Janet fight over who will get the freezer for their respective apartment.|
|21||8||"Silent Auction"||Dawn Wilkinson||Anita Kapila||November 14, 2017||N/A|
|Umma has her heart set on a coat at the auction; Jung accuses Shannon of acting unprofessional; Janet's big payday gets foiled.|
|22||9||"New TV"||Renuka Jeyapalan||Nadyia Chettiar &|
|November 21, 2017||N/A|
|Appa buys a new TV and Umma donates the old one to a newly arrived refugee family; a photography lecturer notices Janet; Kimchee worries about Jung stealing his girlfriend.|
|23||10||"Janet's Boyfriend"||Renuka Jeyapalan||Matt Kippen||November 28, 2017||N/A|
|Janet tries to keep her relationship with Raj Mehta (Ishan Dave) from Appa and Umma; Jung and Kimchee can't agree about their house party.|
|24||11||"Good Neighbours"||Siobhan Devine||Nadyia Chettiar &|
|December 5, 2017||N/A|
|Appa and Umma meet their new neighbour; Jung starts a new work romance; Janet doesn't like how sweet Gerald's new girlfriend is.|
|25||12||"Appa's First Text"||Peter Wellington||Carly Stone &|
|December 12, 2017||N/A|
|Appa inherits Janet's smartphone; Umma discovers a pest in the store; Kimchee tries to help Janet with her F.O.M.O.; Jung tries to reconnect with a girl.|
|26||13||"Handy Graduation"||Peter Wellington||Anita Kapila, Matt Kippen & Kevin White||December 19, 2017||0.722|
|Umma wants the family to celebrate Jung getting his GED; Shannon organizes a party to celebrate Jung's achievement but is conflicted when their feelings for each other surface. Janet gets tired of being the good one and feels unappreciated when Umma and Appa celebrate Jung's achievement while ignoring hers. Jung struggles to tell Shannon that he's taking a job elsewhere.|
Season 3 (2019)
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Canada viewers|
|27||1||"New Appa-liance"||Peter Wellington||Ins Choi & Kevin White||January 8, 2019||TBD|
|Umma finally convinces Appa to get a new dishwasher, but Appa tries to exploit a store's price matching policy; Janet changes her name to make herself more unique; Jung treads carefully with Shannon in trying to get his job back at the new, merged Handy.|
|28||2||"Cutie Pie"||Peter Wellington||Matt Kippen||January 15, 2019||TBD|
|Appa gets a glowing online review about the store, later found to be from a flirtatious customer, making Umma jealous; Gerald's girlfriend Chelsea (Gabriella Sundar Singh) starts making herself at home in the apartment as their third roommate, just as Gerald wants to break off the relationship; With Kimchee as his direct superior, Jung is having trouble finding his place at Handy, so much so that he pitches the creation of a new back manager position to Shannon.|
|29||3||"Open Kimunication"||Peter Wellington||Carly Stone & Kevin White||January 22, 2019||TBD|
|When Appa and Umma look to settle an argument, they unwittingly end up in Pastor Nina's couples' therapy session. Jung learns more about Shannon's boyfriend than he bargained for when he helps Alejandro move a hutch. Janet meets one of her photography idols, asking for her contact information in hopes that she'll be her mentor. However, once Gerald finds out wanting to reach out to her as well, Janet becomes devious.|
|30||4||"Thy Neighbour's Wifi"||Renuka Jeyapalan||TBA||January 29, 2019||TBD|
|31||5||"Army Spoon"||Peter Wellington||TBA||February 5, 2019||TBD|
|32||6||"Episode 3.6"||Siobhan Devine||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|33||7||"Episode 3.7"||Renuka Jeyapalan||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|34||8||"Episode 3.8"||Weyni Mengesha||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|35||9||"Engagement Photos"||Renuka Jeyapalan||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|36||10||"Episode 3.10"||Siobhan Devine||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|37||11||"Episode 3.11"||Renuka Jeyapalan||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|38||12||"Episode 3.12"||Peter Wellington||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|39||13||"Episode 3.13"||Peter Wellington||TBA||TBA||TBD|
|1||13||March 7, 2017|
|2||13||March 6, 2018|
John Doyle of The Globe and Mail wrote that the show "stays away from the pseudo-seriousness that could easily plague a comedy about immigrants and family dynamics." In conclusion, Doyle called it "a clever, generally engaging screwball comedy with an eye on entertainment". The Toronto Star's Tony Wong wrote that "the show is good. Possibly even great. The dialogue is sharp, on point and borderline subversive. It has the potential to be a future classic. It has bite...It’s funny and true, but not a reality we typically see reflected on television."
Rick Salutin, also of the Star, was less enthusiastic of the show's portrayal of minorities on television saying "only accents are funny in Kim's Convenience" and that audiences are "laughing at the characters not with them". Salutin concluded by stating "I don't see why supporting Canadian culture means you should be uncritical, as if someone will take it away if you weren't. You should be most critical about what you care most about like public education or the CBC, you want them to be good not just there". Although not directly a response to Salutin's review, actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Appa) has questioned critics' inclination to cite accents as offensive: "They won’t say—but is it because you’re seeing Asians on the screen? Oh, no? Well, then it must be because he sounds different. Well, guess what: Asian people have accents. The accent isn’t about a joke, it’s part of who that character is, but it doesn’t make it intrinsically racist. If you’re uncomfortable with that baggage, then you need to examine it yourself and see where it comes from."
Mark Breslin, founder of the Canadian comedy club chain Yuk Yuk's, was critical of the show's lack of strong humour, saying "As a sitcom, it’s more sit than com. It’s pleasant to watch but just not that funny. The characters aren’t exaggerated enough. They lack big comic flaws. The conflicts are subtle and minor key. You want to give its creators kudos for finally putting Asians on TV in the right way, but the whole enterprise plays like a civics lesson. The characters all behave with dignity, and dignity may be the enemy of laughter."
For the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, Kim's Convenience garnered 11 nominations, including Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Lee), Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Yoon and Bang), and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Phung). Lee won the award for best actor in a continuing leading comedic role for his portrayal of Appa, and Phung won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Kimchee.
At the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018, the series received 12 nominations. It won the awards for Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Lee) and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Phung).
|2017||15th ACTRA Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress||Jean Yoon ("Gay Discount")||Won|||
|Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble||Won|
|5th Canadian Screen Awards||Best Comedy Series||Nominated|||
|Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series||Peter Wellington ("Gay Discount")||Nominated|
|Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series||Ins Choi, Kevin White ("Gay Discount")||Nominated|
|Garry Campbell ("Ddong Chim")||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role||Jean Yoon||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role||Paul Sun-Hyung Lee||Won|
|Best Achievement in Casting||Deirdre Bowen, Millie Tom ("Frank & Nayiyng")||Won|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role
or Guest Role in a Comedic Series
|Andrew Phung ("Janet's Photos", "Ddong Chim")||Won|
|Best Photography in a Comedy Program or Series||Fraser Brown ("Frank & Nayiyng")||Nominated|
|Best Picture Editing in a Comedy Program or Series||Kye Meechan ("Gay Discount")||Won|
|21st WGC Screenwriting Awards||TV Comedy||Garry Campbell ("Ddong Chim")||Nominated|||
|Ins Choi, Kevin White ("Janet's Photos")||Nominated|
|2018||16th ACTRA Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor||Paul Sun-Hyung Lee ("Hapkido")||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble||Nominated|
|6th Canadian Screen Awards||Best Comedy Series||Won|||
|Best Direction, Comedy||Aleysa Young ("Date Night")||Nominated|
|Best Photography, Comedy||Fraser Brown ("Cardboard Jung")||Nominated|
|Best Picture Editing, Comedy||Aren Hansen ("Date Night")||Nominated|
|Best Writing, Comedy||Anita Kapila ("Resting Place")||Nominated|
|Matt Kippen ("Business Award")||Nominated|
|Best Achievement in Casting||Deidre Bowen||Nominated|
|Best Lead Actor, Comedy||Paul Sun-Hyung Lee||Won|
|Best Supporting or Guest Actor, Comedy||Andrew Phung ("Cardboard Jung", "Resting Place")||Won|
|Best Lead Actress, Comedy||Andrea Bang||Nominated|
|Best Supporting or Guest Actress, Comedy||Nicole Power||Nominated|
|22nd WGC Screenwriting Awards||TV Comedy||Anita Kapila ("Resting Place")||Pending|||
|Matt Kippen ("Business Award")||Pending|
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