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“Cheer Up” and “The Golden Spoon”: Two November K-dramas with high schoolers as their main characters, but have contrasting colors

Looking for a youth drama? We got you.

SBS’s “Cheer Up” and MBC’s “The Golden Spoon” are two ongoing K-dramas starring a lineup of young and rising actors. Having the same youthful vibes thanks to the cast, but these two dramas have completely different genres and colors. Let’s see what those differences are. 

“Cheer Up”: A high school teen romance with bright colors

The drama’s name itself, “Cheer Up”, already foretells a bright, refreshing, and upbeat story. “Cheer Up” follows Do Hae Yi (Han Ji Hyun), a high school girl filled with energy who can do anything as long as she can earn money legally. 

cheer up

That’s the reason why Do Hae Yi joins her school’s cheerleading team because she gets to receive an amount of money monthly. But this is also where Do Hae Yi meets good friends and learns valuable lessons. 

“Cheer Up” is a typical youth drama about dreams and passions of high school students. Besides Han Ji Hyun, “Cheer Up” also stars new faces such as Bae In Hyuk, Jang Gyu Ri and Lee Jung Joon. If you are looking for a comforting youth rom-com drama to start off every week, don’t miss out “Cheer Up”, aired every Monday and Tuesday on SBS. 

cheer up

“The Golden Spoon” – The follow-up to “Big Mouth”, a dark and mysterious fantasy

As the follow-up drama to the hit “Big Mouth”, with its story, “The Golden Spoon” makes viewers feel curious, excited, and even scared, as it depicts the gap between the rich and the poor in society, and people’s decision and selfishness when faced with difficulties.

Golden Spoon

The main character, Lee Seung Cheon (Yook Sung-Jae) is a high school student born into a poor but loving family. One day, he receives a magical golden spoon from an old woman that allows him to trade lives with his wealthy best friend. 

the golden spoon

Compared to its initial simple premise, “The Golden Spoon” has been more than meets the eyes, at the same time boasting a capable and fresh cast consisting of Yook Sung Jae, Lee Jong Won, Jung Chae Yeon, and Yeon Woo. In fact, out of all weekend dramas that aired on MBC this year, “The Golden Spoon” has the youngest average age when it comes to cast members.

As of the moment, “The Golden Spoon” is receiving better reception inside of Korea, with ratings peaking at 7.4% and occasionally dropping to around 5%. Meanwhile, “Cheer Up” recorded lower viewership around the 2% mark.

Nevertheless, “Cheer Up” seems to be attracting more international audiences, so the competition is fair to both K-dramas. We can only wait and see if the bubbly vibe of “Cheer Up” or the engaging nature of “The Golden Spoon” will emerge victorious.

Source: DAN

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