Delightfully Deceitful Season 1 Review – An easy, enjoyable watch

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score –3.5/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 11 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 12 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 13 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 14 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 15 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 16 – | Review Score – 3.5/5


Most K-dramas are known for their thrilling episodes with fascinating storylines and suspense that leaves audiences hooked till the end. Well, Delightfully Deceitful is yet another that has lived up to the reputation K-dramas have in general. 

Delightfully Deceitful has a unique storyline and takes us through jaw-dropping moments, sprinkling in a little bit of action here and there, and of course a dash of light comedic levity.

The show follows the life of a young lady, Lee Ro-um, who had a not-so-pleasant childhood. Her parents put her up to work as the star of a show to provide for her family at a very young age. Then, she was sent to join Jeokmok Foundation, which her parents thought would educate her. However, the foundation turned out to be training kids to be criminals. 

Lee Ro-um stays at Jeokmok Foundation for a long time until she sees her parents again and decides to return home. But her plan fails because her parents are killed right in front of her. As if this isn’t bad enough, she is falsely accused of killing her parents and sentenced to jail, where she is locked up for 10 years before being released. 

When Lee Ro-um is released though, she meets a well-known attorney, Han Moo-young, who represents her as her lawyer. As a result, she embarks on a series of plans to seek revenge against the Jeokmok Foundation and avenge her parents’ deaths.

We’re also introduced to three other characters who were raised in Jeokmok Foundation with Lee Ro-um here too. That is Jung Da-jung, Na-sa, and Ring-go. One unique thing about all four of them is that they each have outstanding abilities. Lee Ro-um has an exceptional memory, Da-jung has impeccable hacking skills, Na-sa has excellent engineering skills, and Ring-go is multi-lingual. 

Da-jung, Na-sa, and Ring-go help Lee Ro-um with her plans to seek revenge against the Jeokmok Foundation, with most of her plans involving fraudulent activities. 

Moo-young starts as Lee Ro-um’s attorney but gets way too involved in helping Lee Ro-um seek revenge against Jeokmok Foundation. Moo-young is known for being too empathetic with his clients due to a psychological disorder he struggles with. Later in the show, Lee Ro-um and Moo-young realize they are connected in more ways than they know. 

Throughout the show, we see the many ways Lee Ro-um tries to seek revenge against Jeokmok Foundation. We also see how the people involved with Jeokmok Foundation still engage in various crimes. I wouldn’t want to get into details of how things unfold in the show but suffice to say, it’s a great inclusion. If there’s one thing you should know about this show though, it’s that it’s packed with twists of events that’ll leave you at the edge of your seat with suspense. 

One of the highlights of Delightfully Deceitful is how relatable it is in one way or another. The issue of mental health, which is a sensitive one, is brought out in several ways throughout. We see Moo-young struggling with his psychological disorder and how he is dealing with it. We also get to see him go to therapy, and we’re even taken through his sessions with his psychiatrist. 

The show’s flow is also good — the episodes transition from past to present events seamlessly and don’t leave viewers confused. Again, the twist of events is another major highlight of this series, and you never know what will happen with each episode.

However, there are some downsides here that are worth mentioning. The most notable is the gap in the storyline that should have been fully addressed. For starters, there’s one character, Jong-gu, who’s quickly introduced and viewers don’t get to see what exactly happened to him. 

There’s also another character, Shin Seo-ra, who plays a solid role in the series but again, viewers also don’t get to see what exactly happened to her, which would have been great because she played a significant role in the lives of Lee Ro-um, Da-jung, Na-sa, and Ring-go joining Jeokmok Foundation. 

Interestingly, the series also gives viewers hints of a blossoming love interest between Moo-young and Lee Ro-um. At some point towards the show, you’d think the two would officially begin their romantic relationship! Unfortunately, we don’t get the satisfaction of seeing them actually confess their romantic feelings toward each other unfortunately.

Despite these downsides, Delightfully Deceitful is one of those K-dramas that’ll leave you with a mixture of emotions. From anger to shock, sadness, and happiness, this is an enjoyable and well written K-drama.

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