Top 5 Chinese dramas that became popular overseas in 2019

By Wang Yiming
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# All Is Well (都挺好)

[Photo courtesy of Daylight Entertainment]

Genres: Life, Drama, Family

First aired: Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 25, 2019

Original Network: Jiangsu Satellite TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV

Available: YouTube, FallDrama

With its brilliant acting, true-to-life characters and well-paced plot, the drama "All Is Well" has been a hit with viewers. The drama revolves around the Su family and the relationship and dynamics among the parents and their three children. After the death of the matriarch, the weak and selfish father begins to meddle in his children's lives and makes the most unreasonable requests to them. Who should look after their elderly father and how does the youngest daughter who was not recognized by her parents since her childhood get along with the rest of the family? Many viewers have praised this series for revealing family problems in real life, such as traditional Chinese families' preference for boys over girls, the boomerang generation who live off their parents in their adulthood, and inter-generational conflicts related to caring for the elderly.

The series is now available on YouTube and FallDrama with English subtitles for foreign audiences, and its reviews have been positive. The lead actress, Yao Chen, received the Best Actress Award at the Asia Content Awards in the Busan International Film Festival. The British publication, the Economist also reported on the popularity of the drama and the stir it caused in an article "A hit TV series in China skewers cranky old parents", saying that viewers are transfixed by its rare portrayal of middle-class life, warts and all.

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