Here is a review of Penthouse, SBS’s new Korean Drama. The Korean drama Penthouse premiered on October 26, 2020 and has been ongoing weekly with the highest ratings in the Monday and Tuesday time slots. It’s a classic-hit Korean drama with all the goodies. It’s got romance, affairs, revenge, mystery, thriller and comedy. According to Hancinema, Penthouse has been renewed for a second and third season (though I believe it will be with a different cast and setting but following a similar storyline). That’s how good it is!

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Perfectly paced, without dragging out

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It’s so fixating. Never once did I have to fast-forward (cause some shows are so slow and it gets annoying). Each buildup that progresses the main plot delivers a satisfying and well-timed climax and avoids adding fillers. Each episode fill a wide range of emotions and always offers a worthwhile addition to the plot.

Gratifying revenge story

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This show is all about revenge. Almost every character is for revenge one way or another. The characters are pushed to their emotional limits and what makes this unique to other revenge stories is it feels so natural. There is more here than just characters thirsting for revenge that consumed them for a long time.

An extravagant dramatization – bordering parody

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This may just be me, but I felt this series is one that exaggerated the acting, costumes, props and characters. Every scene felt so extravagant but that’s also what made me laugh and enjoy the show. Some of the characters are most definitely only here for comedic relief. The complex relationships between characters also felt so out-of-this-world. But that is what makes this show unique. It hits all of elements of a classic makjang drama and sometimes I’m just in the mood for something ridiculous.

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