It all started with a play.
Launched at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, Ins Choi created Kim’s Convenience from the story of his own family who lived above his uncle’s store, saying it was a “love letter to [his] parents and to all first-generation immigrants who call Canada their home." The play then returned as a Soulpepper Theatre production, earning two Toronto Theatre Critic awards, as well as an off-Broadway run in New York City.
In the fall of 2016, Kim’s Convenience debuted as a prime-time family-friendly sitcom on Canada’s CBC Television, and the fringe play started on a path to become a worldwide phenomenon, met with critical and commercial success and spawned a passionate, international fanbase dubbed the Kimbits.
Above all the show's many accolades and awards, Kim's was a reflection of the experiences of Canadians not often seen on screen. Immigrants, and the children of immigrants, saw their own families represented. The cultural and generational gap between parents and their more modern and grownup children is a common experience, regardless of background.
The way Kim’s Convenience portrayed that tension in one Korean family turned out to not just be a Toronto story, or a Canadian story, but a universal one that resonated deeply with audiences.
As Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, who plays Appa on the show, once said “When you give people a voice, other people start listening. And when people start listening, things start to change!”
With one final “OK, see you,” we celebrate Kim’s Convenience for being a series that lifted voices unheard, represented families unseen, and further opened the door for diverse storytellers.
Join us through the week as we toast the legacy of the series with exciting new stories & videos, as well as highlights from across the CBC, as we count down to the show’s final episode. Follow along on @Kimsconvenience and @CBCComedy, and use the hashtag #okseeyou so tell us what the show means to you.
WATCH: Bloopers and outtakes
TAKE A LOOK: The best of Kim's Convenience fan art
TAKE THE QUIZ: Which Kim’s Convenience character are you most like?