“Halfie” is mixed-race situational comedy that follows the lives of the Kim family, with three generations all living in Boston. The rebellious daughter, Alisha, starts college and forms a new identity that is at odds with her family’s traditional values. Alisha’s brother, Jason, also starts high school, but with a strait-laced approach. Their (single) mother is a disciplinarian who struggles to hold the entire family together, all the while trying to build her writing career and pursue a love life. Their grandparents move to the United States in order to flee from a powerful mafia in Korea. The grandmother, Hyun Jin, a famous actress in Korea, struggles with the culture shock of the move. The grandfather attempts to open a store called “Modern Nutrition” with her help. Together, these three generations of Kims navigate challenges that test their relationships with each other, but ultimately strengthen them.
Grandmother (Hyun Jin) — famous Korean actress who witnessed a mafia crime in Korea and fled to the US to escape the bounty placed on her head (without her family knowing the reason why she is now living in the US)
Grandfather (Hong Min) — compulsive gambler (still owes the mob money), used to be a director in Korea, now is opening a “Modern Nutrition” to pay off gambling debts
Mother (Seung Jin, “Jin”) — hard-working writer, single mother, husband passed away, looking for love while taking care of the entire family and writing her mother’s memoir
Son (Jason) — freshman in high school, constant gamer, loves Korean culture and fits in with the Asian crowd, nerd
Daughter (Alisha) — freshman in college, rebellious, rejection of Korean culture, loves to party
In this pilot series, we have two women above the age of 50 — the mother who possesses characteristics that we want to identify with (like strength, tenacity, love for her family, dedication, cultural values), and the grandmother who possesses similar traits, with the additional trait of being a superstar Korean actress. The mother is relatable to most Americans, and the grandmother is relatable to immigrants who have come to the US and experienced culture shock. By having all three generations of the Kim family interact frequently, humor is brought into many of their interactions. Imagine how the grandmother reacts when she sees a boy slinking out of her granddaughter’s room Sunday morning as she comes to bring her Korean food for breakfast. Or when the son first teaches his grandparents how to text using emojis and online slang. This TV show is relatable, aspirational, and desirable to all ages.