Lazy Unnie’s Couch: My Roommate is a Gumiho

Shin Woo Yeo is a handsome and smart writer, who is actually a 999-year-old nine-tailed fox. To become a human, he collects human energy in a bead. One day, the drunk friend of Lee Dam, a university student, falls asleep on top of an expensive car whose owner is Woo Yeo. While Lee Dam struggles to take her friend away and Woo Yeo trying to help her, Woo Yeo’s bead accidentally falls out of his mouth, and Lee Dam unintentionally swallows it. The bead can exist inside of a human for no more than 1 year and, afterward, the bead will break inside of that person causing the person to die. Not wanting to lose his chance in becoming a human, Woo Yeo explains to Lee Dam their predicament and suggests living together until they figure out a solution. Lee Dam, who has never had a boyfriend in her life, now lives with Shin Woo Yeo.

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  • Starring: Jang Ki Yong | Lee Hye Ri | Kang Han Na | Kim Do Wan | Bae In Hyuk | Park Kyung Hye
  • Episodes: 16 (1 hr. 10 mins.)
  • Aired: May 26 – July 15, 2021
  • Network: tvN
  • Where to Watch: Viki


For a while, I’ve said the K-Drama rom-com genre has been pretty dead. Only about one or two have been coming out a year. But here we are, another rom-com that I became semi obsessed with. The gumiho genre has been done over and over, some good and some really bad. However, what I really loved about this one is that it didn’t take itself serious. This show turned out to be a really nice palette cleanser and let me explain how and why.

LEE. HYERI. This girl has no problem falling into that ditzy, funny girl role and it was lovely to see. Is it a far stretch from her character in Reply 1988? Not really, but who cares because it’s something she does well and it was enjoyable to see. Lee Dam could have easily been a really annoying character. She was a young history student and eventually falling for a 900+ mythical creature; there are so many possibilities for annoyance but she reigned it in many times. The only thing I didn’t believe was the romance between Lee Dam and Shin Woo Yeo 100%. Yes there was love and it took a while for Shin Woo Yeo to realize what he was feeling for Lee Dam was love, but it was a more familiar love than anything. The physical chemistry they had was nice, kisses were A1, but midway through watching, I grew a bit bored with their relationship. Lee Dam’s whole twisted fate with her sunbae, Gye Sunwoo was a bit better for me. They had a typical enemies to lovers set up but because of Mr. Shin Woo Yeo, that wasn’t going to happen. Either way, I thought what they could have had if this was a different show was good.

The biggest shock but non shock for me, was how much I was in love with the second lead romance that happened. If you remember, I was a huge fan of the show Start-Up, so seeing Kang Hana and Kim Dowan in this show together made me excited. I was even more excited to see that they would basically have a love line! Finally finishing what the finale of Start-Up set up. What I liked about their characters was they were almost a mirror image of the stuff that was happening with Lee Dam and Shin Woo Yeo but without the angst. Hyesun being a gumiho turned human was nice to watch because she was basically best of both worlds but HELLA slow on the uptake. I loved how pure of a character she ended up being because they could have easily made her a bitch. And then you had Do Jaejin being every woman’s dream of what a nice guy is. Not gonna lie, if I had to pick between Jaejin and Shin Woo Yeo, I’d had a hard time. Even if Shin Woo Yeo used all his gumiho tricks to cure my monthly cramps.

Ultimately, this show had so many moments that made me laugh, cry and even roll my eyes, but in a good way. I loved the cast and I thought everyone had a nice chemistry with each other. It didn’t come off awkward or forced. These are the kind of rom-coms we need in 2021.

Acting : 8/10
Story : 8.5/10
Music : 8/10
Overall :8.5/10
Recommended For : Light rom-com in between show


Fave Song : DOOR (Your Moon) – Jeong Sewoon

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2 thoughts on “Lazy Unnie’s Couch: My Roommate is a Gumiho

  1. I actually loved the relationship between shin weo yoo and lee dam it was different from the typical hate to love scenarios in kdramas. I would rather have her be with a guy who didnt bet on her and couldnt take no for an answer he was irritating to watch at yes he had a development i guess but even in that he was nice to lee dam only because he ended up liking her .

  2. I loved their relationship but I didn’t really feel a romantic vibe from them the whole time. I thought Sunwoo’s character arc was a good one because yeah, he was a dick and with a show with a pair of male characters who were so good, it was nice to see the contrast and sometimes it takes that one to make someone grow up and not be a dick anymore. I felt like that was what Lee Dam was for him.

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