Special Affairs Team TEN

A.K.A.: TEN / Special Crimes Force TEN

About: Trying to have no more unsolved cases, a criminal investigation team is put together.

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STARRING:
  • Joo Sang-wook as Yeo Ji-hoon, former ace detective who’s wife was brutally murdered
  • Jo An as Nam Ye-ri, a profiler
  • Kim Sang-ho as Baek Do-shik, a veteran, intuitive cop
  • Choi Woo-shik as Park Min-ho, a “pretty boy” rookie

Genre: Police Procedural / Crime / Thriller

No of seasons: 2     No of eps: 9 + 12        Release date: 18 Nov 2011 + 14 April 2013

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Recommended: For those who like detective shows

Reasons for watching: Joo Sang-wook. I wasn’t in the mood for rom/coms.

Reasons to stop watching at ep 3-4: It was just dark so there was no build to the drama. I probably didn’t get far enough, it was popular enough for a sequel after all.Read More »

Secret Garden

About: Through a misunderstanding a stunt-woman and CEO meet. He can’t stop thinking about her despite her low status. They run into each other at Jeju Island unexpectedly and end up stranded at a mysterious restaurant. The next day they find that they have switched souls.

STARRING: 
  • Ha Ji-won as Gil Ra-im, stunt-woman
  • Hyun Bin as Kim Joo-won, an arrogant, logical CEO
  • Yoon Sang-hyun as Choi Woo-young (Oska), a famous star past his prime
  • Kim Sa-rang as Yoon Seul, Joo-won’s fiancée & Oska’s first love
  • Lee Jong-suk (this role got him famous) as Han Tae-sun, a young genius musician

Genre: Romance / Comedy / Fantasy

No of eps: 20        Release date: 13 Nov 2010

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   ♥ ♥ ♥    originally 9/10 but I think I was influenced by the hype

Recommended: If you like rom/com’s with a bit of a twist

Reasons for watching: It’s a classic. It’s always on the must watch drama lists. It did sound interesting too!

Reasons to keep watching: Their body-switching is so cute and funny

Re-watch: I wouldn’t mind but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do soRead More »

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

About: An aspiring Olympian female weightlifter and an amazingly talented male swimmer meet at their sports university.

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Starring: 
  • Lee Sung-kyung as Kim Bok-jo, weightlifter
  • Nam Joo-hyuk as Jung Joon-hyung, swimmer
  • Lee Jae-yoon as Jung Jae-yi, doctor
  • Kyung Soo-jin as Song Shi-ho, gymnast

Genre: Coming-of-Age / Romance / Sports / Comedy

No of eps: 16        Release date: 16 Nov 2016

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤     ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ♡ 

Recommended: If you like youth or slice-of-life or friends-turned-lovers dramas❣

Reasons for watching: I saw some super cute pictures and gifs accompanied by a lot of positive comments

Reasons to keep watching: The feels! I don’t remember the last time I got so invested in the characters themselves rather than the story or what’s happening to them. This means I replayed the cute scenes 10 times rather than just 3. It helped that my internet was slow so I had to keep buffering but if it was a bad drama that would just piss me off… more than it did.

Re-watch: I will! I don’t know when but I will! Edit: They started dating after the drama (were friends since modelling days though)❣❣❣ I NEED to watch it again now! 
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Me Too, Flower!

A.K.A.: I’m a Flower, Too / Flower, Me Too / Flower, I Am

About: An abrasive female police officer meets a parking attendant at the expensive women’s shop nearby. He’s secretly a millionaire.

Starring: 
  • Lee Ji-ah as Cha Bong-sun
  • Yoon Shi-yoon as Seo Jae-hee
  • Lee Gi-kwang (HIGHLIGHT, formally Beast) as Jo Ma-roo / Pink Chicken, more of a cameo

Genre: Romance / Comedy

No of eps: 15        Release date: 9 Nov 2011

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥     ♥ ♥

Recommended: If you like romance

Reasons for watching: Sounded interesting

Reasons to keep watching: Cuteness of course!

Re-watch: I wouldn’t mind, just to re-live the ship, but it’d be on the bottom of my priority listRead More »

Bride of the Century

A.K.A.: Hundred Year Bride

About: It is said that the rich Choi family has been under a curse for the past hundred years. The first bride of the eldest son will die. When Choi Kang-joo’s arranged fiancée, Jang Yi-kyung, disappears right before the wedding, a doppelgänger is found. Poor but sweet and sunny Na Doo-rim is brought in by Yi-kyung’s mother to take her place. She’s so unlike the cold and calculating Yi-kyung that Kang-joo falls in love with her.

STARRING: 
  • Yang Jin-sung as Na Doo-rim / Jang Yi-kyung, doppelgängers
  • Lee Hong-ki (F.T. Island) as Choi Kang-joo
  • Sung Hyuk as Jang Yi-hyun

Genre: Romance / Fantasy

No of eps: 16        Release date: 22 Feb 2014

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   ♥ ♥     but originally given 8/10

Recommended: If you like romance dramas, cute guys & don’t mind a bit of trope

Reason for watching: The poster captured my attention (just look at it) and the plot sounded interesting

Reasons to keep watching: There’s two types of dramas, ones that grab you in from the start and ones that slowly build your love and investment. This is the first type.

Re-watch: I want to but other dramas keep getting in the way!Read More »

Signal

About: A police profiler in 2015 discovers a walkie-talkie that allows him to talk to a detective from 1989.

Inspired by the Hwaseong serial murders.

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Starring: 
  • Lee Je-hoon as Park Hae-young, a profiler whose brother was charged as the leader of a high school gang rape years ago
  • Kim Hye-soo as Cha Soo-hyun, the team leader, a female detective
  • Cho Jin-woong as Lee Jae-han, a detective from 1989

Genre: Crime / Fantasy

No of eps: 16        Release date: 22 Jan 2016

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Recommended: If you even remotely like mysteries. This was raved about even though it wasn’t a romance drama, that never happens.

Reason for watching: My husband was making me watch Buzzfeed unsolved murders so I was in the mood for a bit of detective work and remembered Signal was raved about.

Reasons to keep watching: The intrigue! Everyday my husband, who does not watch any tv with me ever, would ask ‘Signal? Can we watch Signal?’ It’s that good.

Re-watch: No, I can’t really watch mystery shows again, I already know the answers.Read More »

Blade Man

A.K.A.: Iron Man

About: A CEO of a game company has always had a prickly demeanor but then he begins to feel angry all the time and his sense of smell becomes extraordinarily sensitive. His secretary is the only one, not even the CEO himself, who knows that when the CEO gets angry, blades begin protruding from his body. One day, he visits his employees in the hospital who were beaten up by him. While there, he picks up on his ex-lover’s scent but the woman it belongs to is not her.

Starring: 
  • Lee Dong-wook as Joo Hong-bin
    • Park Gun-tae as young Hong-bin
  • Shin Se-kyung as Son Se-dong
  • Kim Kap-soo as Joo Jang-won, Hong-bin’s father
  • Han Eun-jung as Kim Tae-hee, Hong-bin’s ex
  • Lee Joo-seung (Pinocchio’s policeman) as Joo Hong-joo, Hong-bin’s little brother

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Comedy

No of eps: 18           Release date: 10 Sept 2014

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Recommended: If you like romances & Lee Dong-wook. Heavy-hearted – 3/5

Reasons for watching: Sounded interesting. I saw Lee Dong-wook hosting Strong Heart and he was hot.

Reasons to keep watching: Shin Se-kyung ♥ I wanted to love it, I tried.

Re-watch: Nup. Stopped at episode 10, it’s too late to continue. Unfinished.Read More »

Reply 1988

A.K.A.: Answer Me 1988 / Respond 1988

Third in the Reply/Answer Me series.

About: Five families that live in the same neighbourhood in Seoul 1988.

Starring: 
  • Lee Hyeri (Girl’s Day) as Sung Deok-sun, the only girl, lives in a half-basement
  • Ryu Jun-yeol as Kim Jung-hwan, stoic, lives above Deok-sun
  • Park Bo-gum as Choi Taek, a genius baduk player who struggles with simple tasks
  • Go Kyung-pyo as Sung Sun-woo, lives with his mother and little sister
  • Lee Dong-hwi as Ryu Dong-ryong, the guy in glasses

Genre: Friendship / Family / Youth / Romance

No of eps: 20        Release date: 6 Nov 2015

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥   ♥ ♥ ♥

Recommended: If you like slice-of-life or youth dramas. It had me feeling nostalgic about 1988 and I wasn’t even born yet!

Reasons for watching: It’s part of the Reply series. It’s a must! Park Bo-gum ♥

Reasons to keep watching: Ryu Jun-yeol! New love ♥

Re-watch: No… maybe. I’m stuck on episode 18 because she’s going to end up with the guy I’m not rooting for. I’ll get around to it… soon.Read More »

Angry Mom

About: 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.

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Starring:
  • Kim Hee-sun as Jo Kang-ja, mother
  • Kim Yoo-jung as Oh Ah-ran, Kang-ja’s daughter
  • Ji Hyun-woo as Park No-ah, teacher
  • Ji-soo as Go Bok-dong, classmate
  • Baro (B1A4) as Hong Sang-tae, classmate
  • Lizzy (After School) as Wang Jung-hee, classmate

Genre: Family / School

No of eps: 16        Release date: 18 March 2015

Rating: ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪   ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ … or 8/10… decisions!!

Recommended: If you like school or family or action/are longing for some intensity. Heavy-hearted – 4/5

Reasons for watching: As I was reading complaints on Who Are You: School 2015, someone said Angry Mom was the Korean school drama of the year

Reasons to keep watching: School drama of the year! New loves: Ji-soo ♥ ♥ and Baro ♥

Re-watch: I don’t think I will, I wouldn’t mind but I don’t think I will, maybe if I need more Ji-soo!Read More »