Full House episodes can now be legally streamed on Youtube. KBS published yesterday the first five episodes of the hit Korean drama on the official YouTube channel of KBS World, the network’s international broadcasting service. The move by the network came days after Song Hye-kyo, the drama’s lead actress, announced through her agency that she will be marrying her Descendants of the Sun co-star Song Joong-ki.
The network did not release any statement before they published the videos on July 13. It is unclear if all Full House episodes, 16 in total, will be published by the network on KBS World TV Youtube channel. All the episodes uploaded so far have English subtitles and video quality of up to 480p.
Full House originally aired from July 14 to September 4, 2004, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It was directed by Pyo Min-soo (The Producers) and written by Min Hyo-jung. The series is one of the earliest romantic comedy dramas in South Korea that became popular abroad. KBS did not provide an explanation behind its move to upload the full-length episodes of the drama on their Youtube channel but many netizens are speculating that it has something to do with the recent announcement of Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki to tie the knot in October. One Youtube user named Twirling Wench commented on the first episode, “Throwback from KBS to celebrate Song Hye Kyo ‘s marriage?” Laura12882, another user, replied, “Yeah there doing the same for her fiance (forgot his name)…”
KBS also made a similar move for Song Joong-ki by re-airing the actor’s 2012 melodrama, The Innocent Man, on KBS World from July 11 to August 11, 2017. The episodes will be broadcast on Tuesdays through Fridays at 00:20 Korean time.
Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki played their first leading drama role in television via KBS. Song Hye-kyo rose to fame in Asia after starring in the popular KBS romantic melodrama, Autumn in My Heart, while Song Joong-ki also became more popular through his first lead role in a drama, The Innocent Man. Both actors reached a phenomenal success in their careers in 2016 due to another KBS drama, Descendants of the Sun.
Song Hye-kyo’s 2004 drama Full House centers on the story of an ordinary, aspiring scriptwriter woman, Han Ji-eun (played by Song Hye-kyo), who goes on vacation and returns home without knowing that her house was sold to a man she met on the plane. This man is a famous actor named Lee Young-jae, played by Rain, who lets her stay in her house on the condition that she will sign a contract marriage and pretend to be his wife to make his crush jealous. Things start to complicate for the two as they fall in love with each other.