Potato Star 2013QR3 Korean Drama Review

Potato Star Korean Drama - Go Kyung Pyo, Ha Yeon Soo, and Yeo Jin Goo

Potato Star 2013QR3 tells the story of the Noh family and their neighbors. Strange things start happening around them when an asteroid threatens the planet and eventually sets up in Earth’s orbit.

Potato Star is a 120 episode comedy sitcom.  Yes, you heard me right…120 episodes!  Truthfully, the episodes are only about 35 minutes long, but Potato Star is still officially the longest drama I have ever completed.  It’s a drama I have been leisurely watching off and on for about a year and half.

Potato Star Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo and Ha Yeon Soo

The premise sounds quite quirky, but it is not actually a huge part of the drama.  The asteroid only majorly influences events in about the first 20 episodes or so.  It then fades into the background and is mostly casually referenced for the rest of the drama.  Sometimes certain events are attributed to the asteroid, but mostly it just adds a unique background shot at night as it sits next to the moon.

Potato Star Korean Drama - Go Kyung Pyo, Ha Yeon Soo, and Yeo Jin Goo Potato Star Korean Drama - Geum Bo Ra, Lee Soon Jae, and Kim Kwang Gyu

But the characters in Potato Star get into some absurdly crazy situations.  With a sprawling cast ranging from children to the elderly, it takes a bit of time to get to know everybody.  But eventually they become like an extended goofy family.

Potato Star Korean Drama - Kim Jung Min, Choi Song Hyun, Kim Dan Yool Potato Star Korean Drama - Jong Gi Ha and Seo Ye Ji

Potato Star leans most heavily to the comedy side, but there are plenty of serious episodes too.  We get to explore all sorts of family issues, romance, and company shenanigans.  Some episodes aren’t anything spectacular, but overall, I found more episodes to be funny and interesting.

Potato Star Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo Potato Star Korean Drama - Ha Yeon Soo

I was interested in all of the different romantic pairings, but my hands down favorite is our main couple played by Yeo Jin Goo and Ha Yeon Soo.  They become friends early on in the drama and go through a very slow process of developing romantic feelings for each other.  But these two are just about the cutest things ever!  Seriously, I was glued to the screen every time they were on.  They do lots of funny things throughout the drama, but they just get cuter and funnier as it goes on.

Potato Star Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo and Ha Yeon Soo Potato Star Korean Drama - Yeo Jin Goo and Ha Yeon Soo

I also really enjoyed the family dynamics.  We had so many different relationships to explore.  Many times it was just nice to turn on Potato Star not knowing what kind of trouble my goofy “extended” family would get into.

Potato Star Korean Drama - Oh Young Shil Potato Star Korean Drama - Noh Joo Hyun

Oh, and I just wanted to mention, if anyone has ever wanted to see a foreigner in a kdrama that wasn’t awkward and stiff, Potato Star is your answer.  Julien Kang is not part of the Noh family, but he has a pretty significant presence and has several episodes dedicated to him.  Julien was born in Canada and is actually half-French/half-Korean, but with his tall height, muscular build, and larger features, he definitely looks more foreign.  You can also check him out in the High Kick sitcom series.  I’ve always really enjoyed him.

Potato Star Korean Drama - Julien Kang

Overall, I found Potato Star to be a very pleasant watch that I always looked forward to.  It’s more laid back and not of the same caliber as the normal kdrama miniseries, but it is a wonderful example of a well done sitcom.  After spending so much time with the characters, you feel like a part of their family, and I find that I already miss them.

My Rating: 7/10

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13 Responses to Potato Star 2013QR3 Korean Drama Review

  1. This looks so cute!! Is it on Viki?

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    • Kay says:

      It is pretty cute 🙂 It takes a little bit to really get into it because of the large cast. But I thought it was a great show to just casually watch since like most sitcoms a lot of the episodes are more standalone with a lower key main story running in the background.

      I actually watched Potato Star on Hulu. It’s one of those strange ones that for some reason is not on Viki or DramaFever, yet somehow found its way to Hulu, lol. Since Hulu licenses most of its kdrama content from them, I’m not sure how they ended up with it 🙂


  2. SADEGH says:

    I Like Potato Star With Yeo Jin Goo!

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  4. katkat says:

    I got crazy with yoo jin goo since i watched jackpot recently, so ive managed to finish this 120 eps sitcom. I have to say that ive enjoyed all of the characters and never got bored. They all played it well. I especially enjoyed yjg and ha yeon seo. They have a very good chemistry. That kiss! Omg! I hope jingoo finds another female lead which he can have the same or better chemistry in the future.

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    • Kay says:

      Oh I love Yeo Jin Goo so much! Definitely one of my favs 🙂 And yes, he was wonderful in Potato Star. My favorites were him and Ha Yeon Seo too. They are just ridiculously cute together. And I agree…the kiss!! I would love for them to have a reunion sometime.

      But I also loved all of the characters in this drama and even after 120 eps was sad to see it end. Such a fun show 🙂


  5. Anisha Islam says:

    Which were the funniest episodes of potato star??

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    • Kay says:

      Hmm, that’s a hard one. Since there are so many eps, I’m not sure of the exact numbers of the ones I found funniest. Several in the first 10 eps are quite funny once you get to know everyone. Then I always loved the little adventures that Yeo Jin Goo and Ha Yeon Soo would go on in the second half of the series. There were several of those. Sorry I can’t remember the exact episodes though 😦


  6. jdc says:

    I also just finished watching the whole sitcom the other day for almost a month and a half and I enjoyed it a lot! Due to avoidance of spoiler its only now that I read the reviews online and I love how we all thought the same thing on majority of the nuances and traits of the show! can’t believe it’s almost a decade now since it’s been released but it’s so refreshing to discover this sitcom like it’s a hidden kdrama treasure. haha. As majority of the people says, the ending was really a bummer that’s why I just unofficially consider the episode 119th (only 1st half of it) as the better alternate ending, one can skip the rest of that episode and the 120th. haha! Good read by the way, 2022 is almost done and it’s great to know that this sitcom has actually become either a launching pad or springboard of the young Potato Star actors for a lot of iconic kdramas in the following years since the launch of this series.

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    • Kay says:

      It’s so great to see someone else who has seen and enjoyed this wonderful drama 🙂 It is crazy it’s been almost a decade since it was released, and not that many people have seen it. Which is a shame because it is such a fun show! I had such a good time watching it, and I still go back and re-watch certain episodes every so often. And yes, we all just pretend the ending didn’t happen 😂

      And I agree, it’s great to see what some of the stars have went on to do. I saw so many of the actors in this drama early in my drama watching, so seeing them go on to star in so many more amazing dramas throughout the years has been fun to see. Truly a great drama! 🙂


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