I’ve always wanted to start a blog on kdramas and I think there’s no better way to begin it than introducing my fave dramas. It took me a while to come up with my list. I have watched more than 70 kdramas as of writing and believe me, most of the kdramas I’ve seen are really, really good which made it so difficult to choose 10 among all of them.
For the record, I am not the technical type. I don’t judge kdramas based on the technical aspects, I leave that to the critics. Basically, I judged kdramas based on how I enjoyed it, how strong the ‘feels’ it gave me, how long it took me to ‘move on’ from it, and of course, on how strong the leads’ chemistry is (for me, at least).
My list mainly consists of the kdramas I would love to watch again. These are the dramas that I would not hesitate to recommend to those who are asking for suggestions, especially to the new kdrama fans hoping to lure them into kdrama addiction, nyehe!
And so here it goes…
10. Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016)
Cast: Park Seo Joon, Go Ara, Park Hyung Sik, Choi Min Ho, Do Ji Han, Jo Yoon Woo, Kim Tae Hyung
Genre: Historical Romance
Episodes: 20 + 4 specials
So a lot might be surprised that Hwarang made it to my list because, honestly, the drama has a lot of shortcomings. But yes, I’ve enjoyed the whole drama. That’s despite the fact that ‘Ah Ro’ was getting into my nerves the whole time. *LOL* I haven’t watched any of Go Ara’s other dramas so I don’t really know if it’s her acting that annoys me or just the character. (Peace y’all Go Ara fans out there!) Anyway, the boys of Hwarang are so adorbs that it was enough to compensate for the drama’s flaws. And, of course, Hyungsik! Hyungsik’s like my ultimate ‘bias’ as of the moment and (since I first fell head over heels for him on this drama) it’s like a mortal sin not to include Hwarang on my list. Bias it is. Nyehehe!
9. Princess Hours (2006)
Cast: Yoon Eun Hye, Ju Ji Hoon, Kim Jeong Hoon, Song Ji Hyo
Princess Hours (also known as Goong) has always had this special spot in my heart because it was my very first kdrama (I watched it on a pirated DVD because we still have no internet connection back then, hehe!). Plus, being the hopeless romantic that I am, I always dig for the prince-and-princess kind of plots. It made me believe that and-they-live-happily-ever-after kind of endings still exists. *LOL*
8. I Hear Your Voice (2013)
Cast: Lee Jong Suk, Lee Bo Young, Yoon Sang Hyun
Genre: Fantasy Legal Romance
I Hear Your Voice made me an instant Lee Jong Suk fan. His superb acting got me. I especially love the courtroom scenes in this drama. I love the plot itself and all those twists. Lee Jong Suk’s strong on-screen chemistry with actress Lee Bo Young was surprisingly good considering the fact that they have a 10-year gap.
7. World’s Within (2008)
Cast: Hyun Bin, Song Hye Kyo
World’s Within (also known as The World That They Live In) is soooo underrated. It’s a shame how I don’t see a lot of kdrama fans talking about this drama. World’s Within is sooo good in depicting reality. It doesn’t only show how young people struggles with career and life in general. It’ll also make you appreciate the people behind our favorite dramas. The leads are both young drama directors so the story will revolve around the people behind the scenes and how hard they work just to give us, viewers, the best dramas possible. Plus Song Hye Kyo and Hyun Bin’s on-screen chemistry is off the charts! This is maybe because they were actually secretly dating while filming the drama. I am actually one of those who still wish that they get back together one day. This could be the reason why I couldn’t ship them with anyone else but each other. *sad face*
6. W – Two Worlds (2016)
Cast: Lee Jong Suk, Han Hyo Joo
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Hats off to the writer of this drama. The plot of W – Two Worlds is skillfully written to the point that it is already confusing. I mean, you get confused by all the twists and turns of events but in the end, you’ll realize how everything fits in perfectly like pieces of a puzzle. Daebak! *claps hands plus feet* Plus Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo’s on-screen chemistry is so natural and so effective. They are, in fact, one of my ultimate, ultimate OTPs! All their BTS got me like *falls on my knees* ‘Oh, please, please! Date in real life, jaebal!’
5. Reply 1988 (2015-2016)
Cast: Lee Hyeri, Park Bo Gum, Go Kyung Pyo, Ryu Jun Yeol, Lee Dong Hwi
Genre: Family RomCom
Episodes: 20 + 1 special
This is my favorite among the Reply Series (though I haven’t really seen Reply 1994). I have already watched Reply 1988 twice (and I’m not the type who rewatched dramas because, oh well, too many dramas, too little time) and I don’t mind watching it all over again. Reply 1988 is a ‘feel good’ drama that will show you a realistic approach to life. It will leave you feeling nostalgic over small things. You will learn to love everyone in the drama, even the supporting characters. And somehow, you’ll wish you live in their neighborhood. Nyehe!
4. My Love From The Star (2014)
Cast: Kim Soo Hyun, Jun Ji Hyun, Park Hae Jin, Yoo In Na
Genre: Fantasy RomCom
My Love From The Star is my favorite Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun drama, separately. I mean, it’s my favorite Jun Ji Hyun drama, and, at the same time, it’s also my favorite Kim Soo Hyun drama. ‘Cheon Song Yi’ and ‘Do Min Joon(ssi)’ (Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun’s characters in the drama respectively) will always have their respective special places in my heart. Jun Ji Hyun’s character is naturally amusing that it goes perfectly with Kim Soo Hyun’s character which is the exact opposite. You have to see this drama to understand what I’m trying to say here. *LOL* But anyway, their on-screen rapport is really, really good, making them one of the most, if not the most, unforgettable tandem in the world of kdramas. Agree or agree? Hehe!
3. Descendants of the Sun (2016)
Cast: Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji Won
Genre: Action Romance
Episodes: 16 + 3 specials
P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N! That’s one word that best describes this drama. From the plot to the casting, to the filming locations, the visual effects, the cinematography, the OSTs… ohmigod… the team behind this drama is simply genius! Descendants of the Sun has a little of everything, from romance, to comedy, to medical, to action. Everything! And the action scenes will make leave your blood pumping with thrill and excitement. Plus Song Joong Ki played the role of ‘Yoo Si Jin’ really well. I think no one can play the role better than him. How Song Joong Ki portrayed the role made me realized how ‘hot’ he actually is. *LOL* But seriously, I’ve watched Song Joong Ki in his previous dramas and movies but he never really turned into one of my ‘biases’ until DOTS.
2. Goblin: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017)
Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook, Yoo In Na, Yook Sung Jae
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Episodes: 16 + 3 specials
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting that much with Goblin at first. This is maybe because I am not really a fan of May-September love affairs. But then it only took me like one episode to realize how amazing this drama is. Goblin gave me a lot of ‘feels’. It’s not really ‘kilig’, it’s something more. Something I couldn’t even explain. It’s like I can easily connect with the characters’ emotions. It’s like I can feel their pain and their struggles like it’s my own. Everyone on Goblin is doing really, really good especially Gong Yoo. He portrayed the role really well. He’s such a brilliant actor. I mean I already knew how great of an actor Gong Yoo is but with Goblin, he was able to prove that he is indeed one of the best, if not the best, Hallyu actors of today. He’s versatile and very effective. And surprisingly yes, his tandem with Kim Go Eun worked on me despite their age gap (she plays the role of a high-school student in the drama).
1. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017)
Cast: Park Hyung Sik, Park Bo Young, Ji Soo
Genre: Fantasy RomCom
Episodes: 16 + 1 special
I never really thought that a romcom drama would somehow make it to the top of my list. I mean I love romcoms, I enjoyed watching them especially when I want something light and fun. But I am more on plots. I mean, I love deep plots. But Strong Woman Do Bong Soon somehow changed my mind. SWDBS’ plot is not something extraordinary. However, the whole drama gives me the highest level of entertainment. Ever. Like I enjoyed every single scene of the drama, especially the bromance between Hyungsik and Jisoo’s characters. Plus the on-screen chemistry between Boyoung and Hyungsik is beyond words! It’s also a plus that I love both leads. I love Bo Young even before I started fangirling over Hyungsik so imagine my excitement when I learned that they are to work on a drama together. I feel bad for Ji Soo though, I hope he’ll get out of the ‘second-lead zone’ soon. *LOL* But anyway, if you’re looking for something that is truly entertaining then SWDBS is the best choice you’ll ever have. All their crazy antics will leave you rolling on the floor laughing while all the sweet moments between Hyungsik and Boyoung’s characters will leave you feeling oh-so-giddy and in love! *heart heart*
My other favorite dramas which, unfortunately, weren’t able to make it to my top 10 list are Tomorrow With You (2017), Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), Love in the Moonlight (2016), Page Turner (2016), Who Are You: School 2015 (2015), Reply 1997 (2012), and The K2 (2016).
And among the ongoing dramas which are in the running for my list of personal faves are Suspicious Partner and Fight For My Way.
So how many among my personal favorites made it to your own list? Please share your own faves in the comment section below so we can compare notes. *winks*
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