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Sky Castle (Hangul: SKY 캐슬; RR: SKY Kaeseul; stylized as SKY Castle) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Yum Jung-ah, Lee Tae-ran, Yoon Se-ah, Oh Na-ra and Kim Seo-hyung. It aired on JTBC's Fridays and Saturdays at 23:00 KST time slot from November 23, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Sky Castle is the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history. The drama revolves around the lives of housewives living in a luxurious residential area called Sky Castle in suburban Seoul. They try to make their husbands more successful and to raise their children like princes and princesses.
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||60-80 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||November 23, 2018 (2018-11-23) –|
February 1, 2019 (2019-02-01)
Sky Castle (Hangul: SKY 캐슬; RR: SKY Kaeseul; stylized as SKY Castle) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Yum Jung-ah, Lee Tae-ran, Yoon Se-ah, Oh Na-ra and Kim Seo-hyung. It aired on JTBC's Fridays and Saturdays at 23:00 KST time slot from November 23, 2018 to February 1, 2019.
Sky Castle is the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history.
The drama revolves around the lives of housewives living in a luxurious residential area called Sky Castle in suburban Seoul. They try to make their husbands more successful and to raise their children like princes and princesses.
|Soundtrack album by |
|Label||Warner Music Korea|
|Released on November 23, 2018 (2018-11-23)|
|1.||"Princess Maker" (프린세스메이커)||MaRiN, Kai||Bae Hyeong-ho, MaRiN||Cheon Dan-bi||3:31|
|2.||"Princess Maker" (Inst.)||Bae Hyeong-ho, MaRiN||3:31|
|Released on November 30, 2018 (2018-11-30)|
|1.||"Time is Always On My Side" (시간은 언제나 나의 편)||GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha||GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha||Romantic Punch||3:30|
|2.||"Time is Always On My Side" (Inst.)||GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha||3:30|
|Released on December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)|
|1.||"It Has To Be You" (너여야만 해)||ABOUT||ABOUT, Pch 8um||ABOUT||3:36|
|2.||"It Has To Be You" (Inst.)||ABOUT, Pch 8um||3:36|
|Released on December 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)|
|1.||"We All Lie"||Choi Jeong-in||Choi Jeong-in||Ha Jin||3:15|
|2.||"We All Lie" (Inst.)||Choi Jeong-in||3:15|
|Released on December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)|
|1.||"Comma" (쉼표)||GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||WAX||4:21|
|2.||"Comma" (Inst.)||GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||4:21|
|Released on December 28, 2018 (2018-12-28)|
|1.||"I Do"||GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||MIII||3:10|
|2.||"I Do" (Inst.)||GamDongis, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||3:10|
|Released on December 28, 2018 (2018-12-28)|
|1.||"It's Good As Long As Only I Live" (나만 잘 살면 되지)||Lee Seung-joon, Jo Won-il||Lee Seung-joon, Jo Won-il||Yook Joong-wan||3:06|
|2.||"It's Good As Long As Only I Live" (Inst.)||Lee Seung-joon, Jo Won-il||3:06|
Sky Castle is currently the highest-rated Korean drama in cable television. It was an unexpected commercial hit, rising from 1% viewership ratings to double-digit viewership ratings percentage; as well as topping the Contents Power Index (CPI) rankings as well as the TV popularity ranking in Korea. Besides its popularity in South Korea, the series also gained immense popularity in China.
The drama series has drawn positive reviews as a dark comedy that casts light on some of the furtive and controversial aspects of Korean society. It has also stimulated explosive responses from viewers due to its relatable storyline over Korea's competitive education system. Culture critic Jung Duk-hyun says the drama has received attention from viewers, because it successfully strikes an uneasy chord while heightening societies curiosities over the lengths to which rich elite families obsess over education. He also says "In terms of education, the drama satisfies people's desire to peek into what those closed rich family circles do for their children. But at the same time, viewers feel uneasiness when watching their stories. Those two conflicting emotions, 'wanting to know but feeling uncomfortable' makes for some interesting chemistry in the minds of drama fans and puts it on the must-see drama list." The drama is also popular in China, where similar conditions and vexations overlap with those of Korea's education system.
The drama ignited a controversy for allegedly "inciting" the murder of psychiatrist Lim Se-won, as it aired a scene in which a patient chases after a doctor with a knife in his hand due to a grievance over his operation results.
Following the broadcast of episode 14 on January 5, several Korean netizens on online communities came up with their own theories about what will happen next. One netizen’s theory was supported by what appeared to be a photo of the drama’s cue sheet, and another theory was formed based on the character description in a recruitment notice for a new role in the drama. When episode 15 aired on January 11, these theories proved to be true, making viewers question if the story was leaked.
On January 12, the producers explained that “the story was not leaked. Our viewers came up with many theories. They happened to be correct by chance, which must be why people think they are spoilers."
On January 16, controversy rose again after a netizen uploaded photos of parts of the scripts for episode 17 and 18. The fact that the name “Cha Ki Joon” was left on the script drew much attention, and the photos began to spread on online communities. After an investigation into the rumors, the producers of JTBC’s “SKY Castle” confirmed that the scripts for episodes 17 and 18 (to be aired on January 18 and 19) had been leaked.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||November 23, 2018||2.2%||1.727%||2.9%|
|2||November 24, 2018||4.4%||4.373%||4.584%|
|3||November 30, 2018||N/A||5.186%||6.035%|
|4||December 1, 2018||7.496%||8.144%|
|5||December 7, 2018||6.9%||7.487%||8.623%|
|6||December 8, 2018||9.0%||8.934%||9.754%|
|7||December 14, 2018||N/A||8.432%||9.667%|
|8||December 15, 2018||9.539%||10.471%|
|9||December 21, 2018||9.714%||10.522%|
|10||December 22, 2018||10.1%||11.298%||13.312%|
|11||December 28, 2018||9.3%||9.585%||10.296%|
|12||December 29, 2018||11.7%||12.305%||13.646%|
|13||January 4, 2019||13.2%||13.279%||14.389%|
|14||January 5, 2019||15.5%||15.780%||17.254%|
|15||January 11, 2019||N/A||16.397%||18.443%|
|16||January 12, 2019||18.6%||19.243%||21.010%|
|17||January 18, 2019||N/A||19.923%||21.927%|
|18||January 19, 2019||22.316%||24.501%|
|19||January 26, 2019||23.216%||24.622%|
|20||February 1, 2019||23.779%||24.357%|
|Special||February 2, 2019||N/A||7.319%||7.327%|
The word SKY is an acronym used to refer to the three most prestigious universities in South Korea: Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University. The term is widely used in South Korea, both in media broadcast and by the universities themselves.
In South Korea, admission to one of the SKY universities is widely considered as determining one's career and social status. Many of South Korea's most influential politicians, lawyers, physicians, engineers, journalists, professors, and policymakers (bureaucrats) have graduated from one of the SKY universities.