Starring: Jang Na-Ra, Go Joon, Park Byung-Eun, Jung Gun-Joo, Baek Seung-hee, Park Soo-Young etc.
Number of episodes: 16
Oh My Baby is a romance drama focusing on Jang Ha-Ri’s (by Jang Na-Ra) life. She is a 39 year old single woman, whom have been working as the deputy manager of a parenting magazine named “The Baby”. Despite the fact that she is working at a parenting magazine, she had been single for the past 10 years.
While she had given up entirely on marriage, she wants to have a baby. As she searched for a potential father, she set her sights on the following 3 men: Han Yi-Sang (by Go Joon), Yoon Jae-Young (Park Byung-Eun) and Choi Kang Eu Ddeum (Jung Gun-Joo).
Jang Ha-Ri is a rather interesting character. Despite the fact that she had given up on love, she was insistent that she would like to have a child of her own and was willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her dream.
Throughout the entire drama, it was clear that Ha-Ri’s life wasn’t an easy one. Apart from the challenges she faced at her personal life, Ha-Ri also encountered challenges at her workplace, where she try to keep “The Baby” afloat due to the pressure from the higher management on ceasing the magazine publications.
Eu Deum is a rookie employee at the company Ha-Ri’s working at, working at the advertising department. At the start, Ha-Ri was rather put off by how clueless and oblivious Eu Deum can get. However, perhaps it was Eu Deum’s bright personality (or the fact that Ha-Ri have some ulterior motives), both of them got closer as the drama progresses, which Ha-Ri helping him during tough work situations.
Yoon Jae-Young had been friends with Ha-Ri since they were young. However, they parted ways after Jae-Young got married. Jae-Young returned back to Ha-Ri’s life after he had a divorce with his wife. With a daughter in toll, Jae-Young stayed with Ha-Ri and her mother (whom doted on Jae-Young a lot).
Jae-Young is like a dependable (and yet annoying) brother to Ha-Ri. Both of them were usually seen bantering with each other, which portrayed their close friendship.
Han Yi-Sang works as a freelance photographer, whom had a brief meeting with Ha-Ri when they were younger. They met again after their common friend requested for Yi-Sang’s help for a photo shoot that Ha-Ri was in charged of.
Yi-Sang was someone who disliked kids, so it was hard for him to get along with Ha-Ri after they met each other again. However, as they continue to work together for more photo shoots, they got closer.
For an avid K-drama lover, one should be familiar with Jang Na-Ra, whom had quite a few reputable dramas under her belt. Personally, my personal favorite of her works must be The Last Empress, which I think she had done a superb job. It was because of her that I picked up this drama, but I wasn’t sure if I would complete the show because the story title and plot was something that I never thought would be under my radar.
However, I am impressed by the drama, after completing 16 episodes of the show. I felt that TVN had managed to cast the right actors for Yi-Sang, Eu Deum and Jae-Young’s roles. For the three actors, they had managed to showcase what their characters had to offer and how each of them had a story to tell.
Despite having a person in mind that I wished Ha-Ri would be with at the end of the day, it was still interesting to see how she interact with the three of them overall and how all the three of them try to gain Ha-Ri’s affection.
Story plot wise, I felt somehow connected to the show, and I could understand Ha-Ri somehow on a personal level. Somehow, this show got me thinking “Is there really a need for a child to be happy? Is there really a need for a partner to be happy?”. Perhaps it was some aspects of Ha-Ri’s character that is too realistic, this drama did got me thinking a bit more than expected.
Also, while the drama also showcased other supporting characters, it wasn’t too overstretched (as though there are water injection). In fact, the featuring of the supporting characters had contributed to the main story plot. The casts from the supporting characters were great too, adding colors to the drama.
For Oh My Baby, I could easily give it a 5 stars. However, after thinking about it, I decided to give it 4.5 stars because I was a tiny disappointed in the drama’s ending. The ending wasn’t a bad one of course; in fact it was a great one. However, I was just expecting a bit more from the ending, so I was slightly disappointed.
Regardless, this was still a good drama and I enjoyed myself. It was also a drama that I watched as fast as it airs (meaning I could watched 2 episodes a week) and I never got frustrated waiting for it to air.
Oh My Baby! is available on VIU tv.