Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju is essentially the perfect youth romance show - filled with heart and encapsulating what it's like to live through your first crush.
For as much as the show is said to be about professional athletes, it's really more an ode to youth, friendships and struggling to find your feet while balancing crushes. The cast is amazing, filled with great friendships and chemistry. Lee Seong Gyeong, while a little hard to view as a weightlifter, nails her role as Kim Bok Ju. There's no concern about looking pretty and she fully embraces all the awkwardness that makes Bok Ju loveable. Nam Ju Hyeok isn't as great, but he plays Jun Hyeong as a lovable puppy - bolstered by a greatly written character. The entire show, from the directing to the writing, is whimsical but heartening, funny but filled with emotional beats that make for a story everyone knows and has lived through.
A definite recommend for any fan of youth and romance.