For those who like a comedy that makes them think—and possibly cry—as much as it makes them laugh, the Canadian show Kim’s Convenience fits the bill. The show, which has developed an international following, centers on the Kim family and their convenience store in urban Toronto. There’s Mr. Kim (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), a Korean immigrant and the gruff but loving father of two young adult children who drive him to despair with their generational and cultural differences.
Any immigrant family can relate to having one foot in the old world and one foot in the new. Mrs. Kim (Jean Yoon) balances her sometimes grumpy husband with warmth and compassion. Her character is also a faithful member of their local Korean Presbyterian church, which plays prominently and respectfully into the storylines (creator Ins Choi grew up as a pastor’s son).
Kim’s Convenience has been praised for its multidimensional cultural authenticity, smart humor, and ability to grapple with complex relationships and social issues. It’s also big-hearted and reliably funny. Parents should know there's some occasional strong language and some rare sexual innuendo. Best for 13 and above, Kim’s Convenience is now airing its third season on the CBC and its first two seasons on Netflix.