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tvN 2020

Young entrepreneurs aspiring to launch virtual dreams into reality compete for success and love in the cutthroat world of Korea's high-tech industry.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Start-Up

Start-Up - S1E1

#1 - Start-Up (Season 1 - Episode 1)

The spring Seo Dal-mi lost everything, Nam Do-san's letters kept her company. Fifteen years later, she needs him by her side to prove Won In-jae wrong.

The episode was rated 8.96 from 28 votes.

Start-Up - S1E9

#2 - Risk (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Do-san and Ji-pyeong struggle to bear the weight of their untold truths. Doubts and a mix-up lead Dal-mi to the place where it all started.

The episode was rated 8.89 from 19 votes.

Start-Up - S1E8

#3 - Backup (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Devastating news gives Dal-mi another reason to make the app a success. Won Du-jeong's plan to teach Do-san and Dal-mi a lesson backfires.

The episode was rated 8.70 from 20 votes.

Start-Up - S1E5

#4 - Hackathon (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Dal-mi and In-jae present their teams' ideas on the hackathon stage. A story about Dal-mi's upbringing moves Ji-pyeong to fight for her success.

The episode was rated 8.60 from 20 votes.

Start-Up - S1E3

#5 - Angel (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Ji-pyeong scrambles to transform Do-san into the man of Dal-mi's dreams. A rude awakening prompts In-jae to close one door and open another.

The episode was rated 8.57 from 23 votes.

Start-Up - S1E4

#6 - Sandbox (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Despite differing pasts, Dal-mi and In-jae fight for their dreams at the same starting line. Ji-pyeong sets out to protect Dal-mi and help Do-san.

The episode was rated 8.48 from 21 votes.

Start-Up - S1E12

#7 - Acqhire (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Alex Kwon shows his true colors, proving Ji-pyeong right and fulfilling Samsan Tech's worst fears. Do-san tells Ji-pyeong about Won-deok's health.

The episode was rated 8.47 from 17 votes.

Start-Up - S1E2

#8 - Family, Friends, Fools (Season 1 - Episode 2)

To preserve Dal-mi's past and to support her future, Choi Won-deok asks Han Ji-pyeong to pull off an impossible task.

The episode was rated 8.43 from 23 votes.

Start-Up - S1E6

#9 - Key Man (Season 1 - Episode 6)

In-jae uses lessons from her father and stepfather to her advantage. A clash over company shares tests Dal-mi, who turns to Ji-pyeong for advice.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 21 votes.

Start-Up - S1E11

#10 - Exit (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Kim Yong-san forces Ji-pyeong to reflect on his past remarks. In-jae and Dal-mi's companies showcase rivaling programs using the same technology.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 19 votes.

Start-Up - S1E7
#11 - Burn Rate
Season 1 - Episode 7

Grappling with his feelings for Dal-mi, Ji-pyeong avoids her. Do-san's knowledge of Won-deok's condition inspires a business idea for Samsan Tech.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
Start-Up - S1E10
#12 - Demo Day
Season 1 - Episode 10

Ji-pyeong gives Dal-mi long-awaited answers and a confession. Seeking success on his own terms, Do-san considers a golden opportunity.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
Start-Up - S1E13
#13 - Comfort Zone
Season 1 - Episode 13

Dal-mi and In-jae's self-driving car is hit by a ransomware attack. Samsan Tech founders return after a successful three-year stint in San Francisco.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
Start-Up - S1E14
#14 - Elevator Speech
Season 1 - Episode 14

Tasked with recruiting top developers into her company, Dal-mi pitches her idea at Samsan Tech. Do-san gets away to clear his head.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
Start-Up - S1E15
#15 - Minimum Viable Product
Season 1 - Episode 15

Jung Sa-ha and Lee Chul-san begin dating in secret. A boozy, heartfelt conversation with Do-san helps Ji-pyeong make a decision about Dal-mi.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Start-Up - S1E16
#16 - Scale-Up
Season 1 - Episode 16

Do-san and Dal-mi envision new goals for their future. Ji-pyeong finds a way to pay forward his gratitude for Won-deok. In-jae returns to her roots.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.

Last updated: feb 24, 2022



**Haters gonna hate** ==I doesn't matter how much hate this drama received, in a year where most of K-dramas fell flat forgetable at least this one is memorable for good or for bad!== [spoiler] While the plot obviously has some troubles to wrapped up the story at least all the cast was good, remember actor can't really make changes on the story so it's not their fault.The only thing I was dying for was to make Yongsan a queer characters, we didn't see much of him and honestly he suffers one of the worst parts in the story, the way writter handle his brother's death was so bad and pointless. And finally and something personal, I had my issues with Dosan at first but I'm a sucker for unconditional love on fiction so at the end I love him.[/spoiler] Would I reccommend this to someone? Probably not unless they're fans of Suzy or Nam Joohyuk Will this be the best K-drama of the year? Definitely not but easily one of the best 15. My score: 7.6/10


It started off strong and had lots of potential, but it kinda came off as a boring story with a boring main couple, disguised as interesting with beautiful actors/actresses and beautiful cinematography (and I happen to love Nam Joo-Hyuk because of _Weightlifting Fairy_). The only subplots I liked were Ji-Pyeong & grandma’s, as well as Chul-san & Sa-ha’s. [spoiler]Also, the ending was the crappiest, most rushed and unsatisfying ending I’ve seen in a long time. YoU diD ThIs fOr WhaT?[/spoiler]


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