We started our Summer of Subtitles with Boys Over Flowers, a 25-episode Korean drama. South Korea has quite a following of American youth for their music and TV. It’s referred to as K-pop and K-drama by American fans. My daughter has some friends who are into both, so this series was a relatively easy sell, despite getting some eye rolls at the whole idea for the Summer from both of them at the beginning.
I saw glowing reviews of Boys Over Flowers online and in multiple Facebook homeschooling groups when I asked about media resources for Asia. I’ve heard about this series for years but it was never available to stream without purchasing it when I looked.
So knowing about those glowing reviews, I struggled greatly to review this series. With twenty-five 70-minute episodes, it felt like it took us forever to get through it, and I had several red flags about the content.
About The Series
It’s rated TV-14 in the US accoding to Netflix, TV-15 in Korea according to IMDB. The IMDB parent’s guide contained no information on sex, nudity, violence, profanity, substance use and frightening scenes.
Boys Over Flowers is available for free right now on Netflix. I had some reservations giving the rating and with no info to go on as to content that generated that rating, but the high praises sung about the series by fellow homeschool moms won out so I decided we’d start the series and stop if we ran into problems. And I should have stuck to that decision. [Read more…] about Summer of Subtitles: Boys Over Flowers