…that I have watched anyway.
Korean dramas weren’t that great this year overall. It’s not just because I haven’t watched that many either, other people have said the same. Perhaps it’s because they aren’t that great that even their synopsis doesn’t intrigue me. Anyway on to the list!
1. Yong Pal 9/10
Genre: Medical / Romance / Action
Kim Tae-hyun is an extremely talented surgeon but he’s in terrible debt. He borrowed a lot of money from a loan shark to pay for his school fees and sister’s medical bills. To pay it off, he offers his medical skills to those who can’t legally see doctors. He’s discovered by a team of corrupt doctors and is forced to help them look after “sleeping beauty,” a beautiful heiress in a medically induced coma.
Starring: Joo Won & Kim Tae-hee
Recommended because Joo Won is an amazing actor that stars in amazing dramas.
2. Angry Mom 9/10
Genre: Family / School
Jo Kang-ja was once known for being a tough, feared troublemaker in high school. When she gets pregnant in her late teens she decides to become a responsible mother. When Kang-ja discovers her daughter, who is now a high school student, is being bullied she decides to go back to high school to protect her daughter, as a student.
Starring: Kim Hee-sun, Kim Yoo-jung, Ji Hyun-woo, Ji-soo, Baro (B1A4)
Recommended because it’s just that good and intriguing.
3. Reply 1988 / Answer Me 1988 8/10
Genre: Friendship / Family / Youth / Romance / Comedy
Five families that live in the same neighbourhood in Seoul 1988. Third installment of the Reply/Answer Me series.
Starring: Lee Hyeri (Girl’s Day), Ryu Jun-yeol, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Lee Dong-hwi
Recommended because the Reply series is amazing and doesn’t disappoint… except when I root for the wrong guy… LOVE YOU ♥ ♥ ♥
4. Sassy, Go Go / Cheer Up! 8/10
Genre: Friendship / School / Romance / Teen / Comedy
At the elite Sevit High School, there are two dance clubs. One called Real King, where students ranked in the bottom 5th percentile gather together. Another called Baek-Ho, a so-called cheerleading club comprised of students in the top 5%. All they do is study but clubs look good on their university applications.
Starring: Jung Eunji (Apink), Lee Won-keun, Cha Hak-yeon (VIXX’s N), Chae Soo-bin, Ji-soo
Recommended because there are such good young actors in this drama. ♥ ♥ ♥ you all!
5. I Remember You / Hello Monster 8/10
Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Police Procedural / Romance
Professor Lee Hyun, a genius profiler, returns to Korea after he’s sent a picture that triggers a memory he had lost.
Starring: Seo In-guk, Jang Na-ra, Park Bo-gum, Do Kyung-soo (EXO’s D.O.)
Recommended because Seo In-guk, Park Bo-gum and D.O. need I say more?
6. Ex-Girlfriend Club 8/10
Genre: Romance / Comedy
Kim Soo-jin is assigned to produce a movie based on a webtoon about the author’s past relationships. The author turns out to be her ex-boyfriend.
Starring: Song Ji-hyo, Byun Yo-han, Do Sang-woo
Recommended because Song Ji-hyo does good rom/coms and Byun Yo-han was better than I expected, I had really low expectations for him…
7. Because It’s The First Time 8/10
…based on the 3 eps I’ve watched out of 8
Genre: Friendship / Romance / Youth
A group of 20-year-old friends all live in the same neighbourhood and regularly gather at Yoon Tae-oh’s house, living their first year out of high school. Only 8 episodes.
Starring: Minho (SHINee), Park So-Dam, Kim Min-Jae, Jeong Eu-Gene, Lee Yi-Kyung, Cho Hye-Jung
Recommended because cute friendships/slice of life & Minho & Min-jae.
8. Producer 8/10
Genre: Workplace / Romance / Comedy / Mockumentary
Baek Seung-chan start working as a rookie PD of the variety department of KBS.
Starring: Kim Soo-hyun, Gong Hyo-jin, Cha Tae-hyun, IU
Recommended because Gong Hyo-jin is a great actress. So many cameo’s.
9. She Was Pretty 7/10
Genre: Romance / Comedy / Workplace
Kim Hye-jin was a very pretty, rich girl when she was young. After her family’s company went bankrupt, she had to work hard and appearances were the last of her problems. When she meets up with her childhood friend who just came back to Korea and was her first love, he doesn’t recognise her. She becomes too ashamed to face him and asks her pretty friend to go in her place. Hye-jin starts working at The Most fashion magazine and the new deputy chief editor is none other than her childhood friend.
Starring: Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Go Joon-hee, Choi Siwon (Super Junior)
Recommended because good rom/com… lot’s of com… & Park Seo-joon ♥
10. Twenty Again / Blood / Oh My Ghost 7/10
I can’t decide… because I haven’t finished any of them. The reason I stopped watching Because It’s the First Time was because the girl was getting with the guy I wasn’t rooting for. These dramas on the other hand… just wasn’t interested. I might pick Twenty Again as the best of the 3 but I’ll do short summaries of them all I suppose.
Twenty Again: A housewife who got pregnant and married at 19 is now 38 and about to get divorced. She is misdiagnosed with terminal cancer and told she has 6 months to live. She decides to go back to school to experience college life. It turns out her 20 year old son is also a first year in the same school, her psychology professor husband also changes schools and her theatre professor was her classmate who had a crush on her. Romance / Comedy
Blood: A vampire doctor believes in the sanctity of human life and suppresses his urges. Romance / Medical / Thriller (The leads started dating and got married IRL hehe)
Oh My Ghost/Ghostess: An extremely timid depressed woman is an assistant chef who occasionally sees ghosts and crushes on her boss, a star chef. She gets possessed by a lustful virgin ghost who believes losing her virginity will allow her to pass on to the afterlife. Romance / Comedy / Fantasy