Kim's Convenience is new to Netflix and is a Canadian television sitcom that premiered on CBC Television in October 2016. It's a slow burner, similar to Schitts Creek, except this show follows the Korean Canadian Kim family who run a convenience store in Toronto and consists of parents Appa and Umma – which is the Korean for dad and mom – along with their daughter Janet and estranged son Jung.
It's a fun, quirky show that highlights the generation and cultural gap between parents and children, all of whom are lovely yet struggle with their expectations of each other. Janet is 18 and is first generation Canadian, in fact a few episodes in her lack of Korean knowledge is quite evident when her cousin comes to visit and she has to admit that she can't speak Korean. Likewise for her older brother Jung, who works for a car hire company and shares an apartment with his best friend Kimchee. Having fallen out with his parents a few years older, he hasn't spoken to his father since and re-building that relationship is proving tricky.
Mr and Mrs Kim, who run a convenience store, are always a laugh and typical of parents who were raised in very different circumstances, trying to both instil one culture in their kids and adapt to another with hilarious consequences. Initially I was unsure of Kim's Convenience and half way through the first episode thought it was missing the mark. However, I stuck with it and really grew to like it a lot. Clearly the pilot had teething problems but as the show settles in and you get to grips with the characters it becomes much more enjoyable and makes for very easy viewing.
I have absolutely no idea if it fairly reflects Korean or Canadian culture but either way it quickly transcends that and becomes more relatable as a family sitcom that is well written and one I want to keep watching. Season 1 is now available on Netflix but season 2 is already airing in Canada with Season 3 on order.