We’ve been watching ‘Single By 30′ every Wednesday since the two first episodes were available to watch on Wong Fu Productions’ YouTube channel, while the first episode was free, the second episode and on were part of YouTube Red Originals and were available for purchase.
While watching the show, we couldn’t help but falling in love with the story, the characters, the writing, the music and the production overall. And as it’s Wong Fu Productions’ biggest project that they’ve ever worked on- all that while being in the YouTube industy for over 10 years, we can say they have done an incredible job with the series and took great care of it.
Now that the first season of the series has ended, it’s all in YouTube’s hands. So, will there be a second season or not?
So here are reasons, why we LOVED ‘Single By 30’ and why there should be a second season:
“For Single by 30, it was important for us to cast a diverse group of actors to reflect the culture of Los Angeles, where the story is set […]”
-Wesley Chan, Wong Fu Productions [x]
The cast of ‘Single by 30’ is diverse. Yes, that’s already all I need to know about a show to make me want to watch it.
It’s not so often that you see Asians in the lead, so getting a few billboards around LA was a pretty big deal. It matters. Representation matters.
“To have two Asian American Romantic leads front center on a billboard in LA, that’s really awesome and it just says so much about how a lot of things are changing these days and we’re glad that we can put it out there.”
-Phil Wang, Wong Fu Productions [x]
- Fighting social pressure-
It’s okay to be 30 and single. It’s normal to not really find yourself, no matter what age you are. That’s what the show tells us. It shows us real things that people go through. It shows us the struggle of feeling like you have to do certain things or reach certain goals at a certain age in your life because that’s what society tells you that is normal and that’s what you should do.
“[About turning 30] I haven’t accomplised anything I thought I was supposed to. You know by the time my dad was 30, he was married, had two kids and escaped a Communist regime (…) I may be 30 but I feel like a teenager.”
-Peter Ma, ‘Single By 30’ 1×01
“I’m supposed to be married by now” -Peter
“That’s what you’re conditioned to believe in because of society.” -Grace
-‘Single By 30’ 1×02
- The story-
The story revolves around two high school best friends, Peter and Joanna, who made an agreement that they would marry each other if they are still single by the time they reach 30.
The series begins the day of Peter’s 30th Birthday. Joanna, who spent the years after College traveling around the world and trying different things comes back to her hometown to try and settle down and find herself there again. Peter and Joanna meet again after 12 years not talking to each other, and the love and connection between the two cannot be unseen.
While Peter and Joanna are getting into each other’s lives all over again, trying to help each other find dates using the ‘app’ (which also shows how nowdays dating online is such a popular thing, and how technology is a big part of our every-day life), their -hilarous- friends, Mark and Chloe (Joanna’s roomate) develop a relationship as well.
Each episode takes us another step into the story and shows us more about the characters and their development. You can see the characters’ growth, you can see them learning new things and opening themselves up to more options and it was wonderful to watch.
We don’t want to give too much away in case some of you hadn’t watched it yet (and if not, you really should) but after that finale episode, we must have a second season. What’s going on with Mark and Chloe? How are Peter and Joanna going to make it work facing the things they do (You have to watch to know)?
- The Flashbacks-
Every episode starts with a flashback to Peter and Joanna’s last few months in high-school, and it’s so adorable! Also, the way they connected each story from the past to the present. Good job, Wong Fu.
- The cast-
So let us start with, Harry Shum Jr.! The man himself. Well, it’s a bit ufair since this site is literally about him. But it’s already a fact that he’s amazing, and incredibly talented. So seeing him playing Peter, and bringing all these emotions to the screen in such a real and honest way is so amazing. Also, we can never have enough of Harry.
Kina Grannis is such a beautiful and talented lady and even though acting wasn’t something she was actually doing, she totally managed to surprise us! And we loved how they let her show her angelic singing voice on the show on episode 5. (By the way, did you guys watch that ‘Closer’ cover she did with Harry?)
Hillary Anne Matthews (Chloe), Eric Ochoa (Mark), Anna Akana (Grace), Manon Mathews (Lisa), Alexandra Metz (Sarah) and the rest of the cast member have all done such a great job bringing their characters to screen, and helped making the show even better.
Wong Fu Productions, Phil and Wes.. What can we say? We’re so happy that they’ve got the opportunity to work on such a big project like this, having a billboard for their project for the first time, they’ve worked so hard on this series, and you can see that they are so proud of it, as they should.
In conclusion, we can definitely say that this show was a roller coaster of emotions. It’s all we looked forward to on Wednesdays! The show has so many amazing aspects that should be brought back to our screens. And also, they can’t leave the story hanging like that! We need to know what happens next!