|Also known as Hello, Francesca|
First episode date 24 January 2005
Number of seasons 3
|Country of origin South Korea|
Final episode date 27 February 2006
Number of episodes 52
|Genre HorrorComedyVampireSitcomBlack comedySatire|
Written by Shin Jung-gu (seasons 1-2)Kim Hyun-hee (season 3)
Directed by Noh Do-chul (seasons 1-2)Jo Hee-jin (season 3)
Starring Shim Hye-jinLee Doo-ilJung Ryeo-wonLee KyeonPark Seul-giPark Hee-jinShin Hae-chulKim Soo-miKang DooHyun YoungLee In-sung
Network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Cast Jung Ryeo‑won, Shim Hye‑jin, Dooil Lee, Kim Soo‑mi, Park Seul‑gi
Similar Autumn Shower, Which Star Are You From, My Lovely Sam Soon, General Hospital 2, Nonstop
The first and second seasons aired from January 24 to August 1, 2005 for 29 episodes. The third season, with new cast members, aired from September 9, 2005 to February 27, 2006 for 23 episodes.
The Addams Family-inspired show became a cult hit. At the 41st Baeksang Arts Awards in 2005, Hello Franceska won Best Entertainment Program and Best Female Variety Performer for Park Hee-jin. It was later adapted into a 2006 animated film titled Ani Francesca (voiced by some of the original actors), and a 2008 stage musical titled Hi Franceska.
Romania, 2005. The last of the vampire families on earth are sent by their leader to different places all over the world, and told to hide themselves and live among humans until "the glory of their empire" is restored.
However, a group of vampires heading for Tokyo takes the wrong ship and arrives in Korea. They run into Doo-il, a timid and unlucky salaryman in his forties who's just been rejected by the woman he loves. One of the vampires, Franceska, bites him by mistake and he becomes one of them. They promise Doo-il that they will turn him back into a human on the day their leader comes to find them; meanwhile, they have to live with him. Left with no other choice, Doo-il reluctantly agrees.
Disguised as a family of five, Doo-il and the vampires start new lives in Seoul. There's Franceska, who acts as Doo-il's wife, with the other three, Elizabeth, Kyeon and Sophia as their fake children. Franceska is a 500-year-old vampire descended from one of the most prestigious vampire families; she is cynical, sophisticated, and seemingly cold, but later becomes addicted to gambling (horse racing, Go-Stop). Pretty and stylish Elizabeth gets a job at a trendy boutique and searches for her perfect mate by dating an endless string of men. Kyeon survived on chicken blood during the worst famine in vampire history, which damaged his brain and made him simple-minded. 1,875-year-old Sophia is the oldest among the four vampires, but trapped in the body of a teenage girl. The vampires find human life alternately odd and fascinating, and as Doo-il constantly worries about everything, they eventually warm to his kind heart.