1 9 9 4 – 1 9 9 5 (USA)
19 x 30 minute episodes
Margaret Kim (Margaret Cho) is an economics major at San Francisco State College. She is the daughter of Korean immigrants Benjamin (Clyde Kusatsu) and Kathryn Kim (Jodi Long) – who own Kim’s Books on Hyde Place – and has two brothers, Stuart (BD Wong) and Eric (JB Quon).
Also living with them is Benjamin’s mother, Yunnie Kim (Amy Hill), who is called Grandma and addicted to TV and must have her daily soap operas (from which she relates all aspects of life).
Benjamin and Kathryn are very strict parents who treasure their Korean heritage and have tried to instil this philosophy in each of their children. Stuart (a cardiology resident at Memorial Hospital) and Eric have embraced that training, but Margaret loves the American way of life and often finds herself breaking tradition and causing mild friction in the family as she becomes an all-American girl.
Margaret and her girlfriends, Ruthie (Maddie Corman) and Gloria (Ashley Johnson) work as salesgirls at Drummond Cosmetics Counter in the mall.
Stories focus on events in the daily lives of the family, with particular attention paid to Margaret as she tries to please her parents while still experiencing what she believes is the right life for her.
Comedian Margaret Cho clashed with ABC executives over their changes to the material she wrote for the show, which resulted in uncomplimentary critical reviews which commented on the show’s constant shift in tone and characters.
She was also told by the network that she was “not acting Asian enough”, resulting in the studio hiring an “Asian consultant”.
The constant changes led to the show being cancelled after just one season.