We’re not even done with the first quarter of the year and there are already series that are ready to meet their fate––or maybe their stories have just ended. One, for example, is Kim’s Convenience––one of Canada’s greatest sitcoms ever. The sitcom airs on Netflix in the United States and the majority of regions the streaming giant has access to. With the soon-release of the fifth season, it will, unfortunately, be ending there.
The show was ultimately praised for its flawless depiction mostly of its featured Korean Canadian family. Originally, the series was even renewed for a sixth season. However, creators in Ins Choi and Kevin White had their minds set in moving on––eventually deciding to just end it with season five.
— CBC Entertainment (@CBCEnt) March 8, 2021
What is Kim’s Convenience all about?
The show follows, well, the Kim family who owns and operates their own convenience store in the Moss Park neighborhood of Toronto––explaining the title. Kim’s Convenience is based on Choi’s 2011 play. The series, on the other hand, premiered in 2016 and was produced by Ivan Fecan alongside creators Choi and White.
Who are attached to Kim’s Convenience?
The series stars the likes of Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon as the parents of the kids portrayed by Andrea Bang and Simu Liu. Liu has had his name all over social media recently. Of course, that’s already a given for anyone who is set to lead the cast of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings movie. Great developments right here, people!
This team is accompanied by Thunderbird Entertainment in association with the Soulpepper Theatre Company. The executive producers are made up of Fecan, Alexandra Raffé, Choi, White, and Sandra Cunningham.
“Authenticity of storytelling is at the center of the success of Kim’s Convenience. At the end of production on Season 5, our two co-creators confirmed they were moving on to other projects,” the producers said in a statement.
“Given their departure from the series, we have come to the difficult conclusion that we cannot deliver another season of the same heart and quality that has made the show so special. Kim’s Convenience has meant so much to our cast, writers, crew, and audiences around the world. Despite the restrictions and complications of shooting during the pandemic, Season five is our finest season to date. It’s been a privilege and a very great pleasure to work with the Kim’s family of gifted writers and performers for the last five years. Thank you to our fans for the love and support you’ve given this show.”
“Kim’s Convenience has built a powerful and inspiring connection with audiences in Canada and around the world,” added Sally Catto, General Manager, Entertainment, Factual & Sports, CBC.
“While we are sad to say goodbye to this beloved and groundbreaking show, we are incredibly proud to have been part of its journey and understand the producers’ creative decision to wrap up the show at this time.”
Despite the bad news, it’s a blessing in itself to end a series unscathed from issues or drama. Nowadays, ending a series would mean something went wrong along the way. With Kim’s Convenience, it was like letting go of something so dear to let it flourish by itself. Plus, it looks like everyone’s on-board with the decision of the two creators who decided to move on to new projects. If that doesn’t speak volumes of the respect the team has for each other, I don’t know what will.
When is Kim’s Convenience ending?
The fifth season will mark the final season of the series, and it will be ending on CBC in Canada on the 13th of April, 2021.