Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Happiness

A deadly new strain of a virus is spreading throughout the city. An apartment building that is home to people from different classes remains in quarantine. Its residents must survive in their new habitat fearing both the virus and the potential conflicts between disparate social groups. Yoon Sae Bom has good judgment allowing for quick decision-making. She is self-righteous and unable to tolerate injustice. Not having grown up in a healthy environment, she’s determined to live comfortably in a complicated world. Detective Jung Yi Hyun, primarily in charge of violent crimes, now struggles to keep the apartment residents safe. A former baseball player, a knee injury forced his early retirement. Han Tae Seok was once a military information agent who became a pharmaceutical company executive. He is well-placed to deal with infectious diseases.

  • Starring: Park Hyung Sik | Han Hyo Joo | Jo Woo Jin
  • Episodes: 12 (1 hr. 5 mins.)
  • Aired: November 5 – December 11, 2021
  • Network: tvN
  • Where to Watch: Viki

There are those rare times when I finish a show and I immediately want to rewatch it. That is Happiness for me. What I thought was going to be some silly ass infected show turned out to be exactly that but with more layers than a delicious Ferrero Rocher. I don’t need to go into the main plot because the synopsis does a great job of giving us the bare bones of it. But I will say, this was the first show that I have watched that actually used COVID as a plot point and it was done in such a way that felt perfect.

Anyway, the thing I loved about this show was that of course, it had the action and the tension that you get with any other zombie-styled show/movie, but what stood out the most was how character-driven this was. I loved how basically each floor of the apartment building had a different family and each brought characteristics that made it distinct. Were there some characters that were THE ABSOLUTE WORST? Of course. And yes, I’m talking about Oh Joo Hyeong, who in my opinion was a huge catalyst for the plots but at the same time, useless. And I think that was the point. He was truly meant to be hated by the viewer and I spent 12 episodes waiting for his demise. The whole cast could have been split up into one of those alignment charts. Most of them fall into the chaotic evil box. I mean, for most of the show, I couldn’t tell if Han Tae Seok was a good guy or bad. But in the end, he just turned out to be the anti-hero that the show needed.

But the surprising layer to this show was the OTP of Yoon Saebom and Jung Yihyun. I loved the subtle romance that was thrown in the chaos. I spent many episodes just wanting to smoosh their faces together. But that is mostly because they had amazing chemistry. Their romance had all the build-up of unrequited love but when the payoff came, it felt as natural as breathing. And let me just confess my love for Yoon Saebom. She was so badass and such a well-thought-out character, I was happy to see a FL who wasn’t weak nor over the top. She just handled business because it needed to be handled. And Jihyun backed her 100%. The dynamic was addicting. As well as the whole dynamic of the cast. There is so much that I loved about this show. It had comedy, action, suspense, romance, thriller. I can’t believe they actually fit all of the things into just 12 episodes. Maybe that is why the pacing of the show felt just right. Everything about this drama felt right. BEST START TO 2022 FOR ME!

Acting: 9.5/10
Story: 9/10
Music: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

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A couple of ladies who love to express their opinions from anything and everything. That includes shows and music and anything in between. This blog is dedicated to our love and appreciation for Asian entertainment and culture.

4 thoughts on “Lazy Unnie’s Couch: Happiness

  1. Had to scroll real fast to see the rating in case you hated it and I had my hopes too high up LOL! So glad you loved this too, it honestly kept me going during winter and ended up being a solid favourite of that period. Completely agree with you on how nice it is that it’s so character-driven and I was living for Saebom and Yihyun – the chemistry was delicious!

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